Hey, I just wanted to share how we have chosen to raise beef without a huge start up cost. Most "beef" breeds around our area (southern Maine) can be pretty pricey even from a young calf. After a few months old they are well into the $300-$600 range. However, now is the time of year when many dairy farms have excess bull calves and they can be pretty cheap. We just bought two Jersey bull calf bottle babies for $50 each. I prefer Jerseys because they tend to stay fairly friendly and calm as steers (castrated) and do not grow quite as large as say a Holstein. Though a dairy breed takes 18-24 months to grow out, once you get started you can get a new calf or calves each year to eventually have a yearly harvest of beef. If you have the land to graze them during the growing season they can be pretty cheap most of the year. We plan to move them daily once they are weaned and accustomed to grass following Joel Salatin practices including (hopefully) following with chickens to control parasites.
I just thought I would through it out there in case some one hadn't thought of it! If anyone wants to follow our journey with raising our calves and other homesteading type things in picture form we are on Instagram @hungermoonfarm