After 11 years I am getting tired of mowing5 acres for 2+ hrs every time and have decided to fence some off for pasture. I am thinking about getting a few steers to put on 1.66 acres. From what I have read.... 1 to 1.5 acres for a cow/ calf pair, steers fatten up better when they are not alone, send them to the butcher at 18 months and grain the hell out of them for the last few months. I also heard that you can sell the second one to pay for the first one.
I have 466' of line fence now and will need to add about 1200' of 4 strand barbed wire for around $2000. One lot will be just over 1 acre and a second one will be around 1/2. They will be connected by a cross fence with a gate
I have a few questions on this and maybe someone who has "been there ,done that" can give me a few pointers.
Does this sound like it will work?
I read that to fatten them up, you start them out at 2# of grain a day, slowly increasing up to 20# a day before slaughter. Will this help with the borderline small pasture?
Not sure 1 beef will last us 2 years. would keeping 2 steers, one a year older than the other one, workout?
If this doesnt sound like it will work, I have thought about getting goats, but that requires a completely different fence and will almost triple the price of that. The neighbors had a few. They look like loud , smelly, destructive creatures to me, so that may not be an option.