For about 40 years now I have been a beef farmer. I'm what is known as a cow-calf operator. This means that I have beef cows, they have their calves in the spring and nurse them all summer while they are out on pasture. Then in the fall, the calves were weaned weighing about 500 lbs. and were sold as feeders to feedlots that finish them on grain.
As you might guess I'm getting a little older. Therefore, taking care of 100 cows, tagging calves when they are born, and checking cows three or four times a day in four pastures is also getting a little old. So, the decision was made to sell half of the cows and use the extra pastures to finish the calves on grass, rather than selling them as feeders.
I never was a grain farmer. I made hay for the winter and managed the pastures for the summer, so grass finishing is a great fit. This year, after weaning, the calves were fed the best quality 2nd cutting hay for 200 days from early October until the end of April. Now they weigh 800 lbs. and they are going back out to pasture for about 150 days then on hay until they are finished. They will weigh about 1100 lbs. in late fall or winter. This will give them a dressed weight of 600-700 lbs., or 300-350 lbs. per side, at 20-24 months of age. These are GOOD YOUNG CATTLE.
I do not feed growth hormones or administer antibiotics. If an animal should need treatment, it is removed from the program. I will neither leave an animal die for lack of treatment, nor sell it under false pretenses.
I hope my storytelling didn't bore you, but I feel that it is very important that you understand the beef cattle cycle in "our neck of the woods". We don't live where you have grass the year 'round and cows do their best job of raising calves in the spring and summer when they are eating grass, therefore the cattle are finished come fall the following year.
One other consideration is quality control. We have owned our calves since birth. We did not go to the sale barn in the spring and buy them, take them home not knowing anything about their prior treatment, age, or what they have been fed.
THIS IS TRULY A GRASS-FED BEEF PROGRAM FROM START TO FINISH -- "NO BULL" !!!!!
The cattle will be slaughtered and processed under Federal Inspection.
-- Bob Rose, Owner