Raising cattle can be a lucrative endeavor for any livestock producer, but with a little extra research and networking, even the smallest cattle operation can excel in a competitive market. You will invest significantly in your operation, so prepare yourself with all of the information and resources the Internet has to offer before you start purchasing breeding heifers.
Find cattle for sale online and through professional associations for a variety of markets:
1. Buy dairy cattle with high-yield milk production genetics, and implement a genetics program that emphasizes synchronized, low-birth-weight calving practices.
2. Use technology and pedigree tracking to produce purebred beef cattle that are suitable for replacement breeding stock.
3. Develop your dairy cattle or beef cattle operation to produce winning show cattle by following show trends and producing to suit judges and buyers.
Stay current with beef cattle prices to maximize your profitsMost small farmers don't worry about worldwide cattle prices, but with family farms falling victim to large cattle-producing conglomerates, small farmers should use any information available to gain an edge over big business.
United States Department of Agriculture's commodity report for beef and cattle. Customize a high-tech market report using TFC Commodity Charts.