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. Assuming 15 calves per year, the farm should generate at least $5000 per year in income in the early years.
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.
Andrew Stickler & Mitchell C. Stickler: the goal of this website is to assist those who are considering raising livestock for the first time.