The first 2 years will be needed to prepare the infrastructure necessary for a Longhorn Cattle operation. A high quality farm fence will be installed with an electric wire at the top and along the outside 12 inches from the ground to prevent predators from entering the pasture. There are coyotes and black bears in the vicinity that could kill young livestock. The cattle barn for shelter from the harsh West Virginia winters will be constructed. An agricultural well will be needed to ensure abundant water as the spring can run dry during summer draughts. A large walk in freezer will be needed to store meat. With private beef sales the customers can not always come at the time of slaughter so meat has to be vacuum packed and stored at less than 20 degrees F.
In order to learn proper techniques of working with animals I will begin with a small goat heard. The goats will improve the pasture and will give me experience working with animals. I will also begin with two Jersey steers. In 2 years time the steers will be ready for slaughter and I will also gain valuable experience working with cattle. Year 3, I will begin purchasing Long Horn Cattle for breeding. I plan on eventually having 19 breeder female Long Horns and 1 bull. The animals will be ready to breed at the age of 2 years. The first calves will follow and be ready to sell when the are 1 year of age. In 2016 to 2017 calves should be available to sell.
Andrew Stickler & Mitchell C. Stickler: the goal of this website is to assist those who are considering raising livestock for the first time.