I'm buying a lot of feeder heifers that would otherwise go for meat. I don't know how many I'm going to be able to take though. I'm wondering though, how many cattle can you fit comfortably per acre? I have 66 acres and would like to take as many of the babies as my place can hold. How many do you think I would be able to fit? How many head per acre? Thanks
It depends on how much forage in on those 66 acres. The most I have ever had on a 60 acre spread is 30 cow/calf pairs, but I also had to feed hay year round. I would say if there is alot of good quality forage, only go for about 30 head in winter and you can increase to about 40 to 45 head in the summer. Also if you are buy heifers, make sure they are bangs vac.
Catlady- Being a farmer myself I am going to suggest something to you and don't want to seem rude or mean. Just a suggestion.
The reason these heifers are probably going to go to slaughter is because they are more than likely free martins (which means they cannot be bred for one reason or another) hence the reason they are feeder heifers and not springin (or bred), or have something wrong with them that the farmer does not want to take on themselves (johnies, bad history with their mothers, etc).
Being that cattle are really not the best "pet" on earth I would suggest if you are going to spend your money on some heifers, buy some that you can breed and sell as springin or sell the calves once they are weaned. (This is the best way to go about doing this type of thing)
Just a suggestion and take it as it is.
As to how many head per acre. Look at around 3 per 10 acres to last a whole season with hay on the side. You also need feed (corn silage, haylage, corn/balanced feed mix, etc.)
This will not be a cheap endevour by any means, and you should take a lot of consideration into this before you just jump into it.