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I’m not sure where I stopped the last time I made a whats new on my tiny farm update, but, Longhorn bull named Bully, was sent to the butcher for processing on the 4th of February 2014. His hanging weight was 680 pounds. I give $275.00 for him being 6 months old and fully weaned. The processing cost was $335.00. I’m sure that the supermarket cost 680 pounds of steak, roast, ground beef is near $4.00 or more a pound.
I’m getting back almost $3,000.00 worth of lean Texas Longhorn Beef.
Keep in mind I have invested over 3 years in care, water and feed in this bull. Even so I think I will get more back than I have invested. Besides that he has been 100 percent grass fed, no hormones or antibiotics added! He has also sired 4 healthy longhorn calf’s for me as well.
We now have 2 longhorn cows that will be butcher ready 1 after January 2015 and the other about January 2016. I have a steer that will be butcher ready sometime after Halloween 2016 and 2 calf’s that will be butcher ready after February 2017.
Wow If I can manage to get the timing right I will have enough cows on feed now provide fresh beef for me an my daughters family for the next 3 1/2 or 4 years.
This winters project has been rebuilding a Farmall (International Harvester Company) spring tooth harrow (plow) that was manufactured in the years after WWI(1918) and about 1930. Grin – it was 2 horse drawn harrows that I have redesigned to be a single 6 foot 6 inch wide tractor drawn harrow.
They were in really sad shape when I saw them in the corner of a wheat field where they have been there ever since the farmer bought his first gas powered tractor. It will soon be in the field readying our pasture to be planted with summer grazing forage for the cows, horse and donkey to graze this coming summer.
The answer is NO. The horse belongs to by son-n-law and great grand son. The donkey is my daughters. Don’t even ask why she has or wants a donkey.
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