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the cows I am getting are on the left. I don't believe the 2 month old steer is in the picture. The State of RI requires a health certificate and their vet won't be out to their farm until September 8th. So that following weekend I will be picking them up. That's when you will see the pictures from my place. HAPPY FARMING EVERYONE!!!!!!
 

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the cows I am getting are on the left. I don't believe the 2 month old steer is in the picture. The State of RI requires a health certificate and their vet won't be out to their farm until September 8th. So that following weekend I will be picking them up. That's when you will see the pictures from my place. HAPPY FARMING EVERYONE!!!!!!
Very glad you were able to make the deal and find the cattle you wanted! Can't wait for pics.
 

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For our area that is a good deal. Our cow calf pairs of cross/mix bred with no papers are $1,400-$1,800 and that just the Cow and one calf. Single breed dairy without papers is $1,500-3,000 and single breed beef without papers is $3,000-$4,000 and those are all just cow/calf pair. So for us that price is perfectly reasonable and actually cheap for a single breed with papers.

Prices vary GREATLY around the country for all livestock so my good/cheap price here might not be the same for you. The other aspect is you don't eat papers, no one local to us gives a fig if any livestock has papers and will not pay a penny more for papers. We learned this when we bought two registered hereford pigs and a registered hereford boar, the boar was $1,000 and the girls were $400 each because we got it as a package deal. We also had a un-registered duroc pig. We could not sell the registered ones for anymore then the mutt ones, cause no on here cares. So it is worth checking in your area if buying registered animals is really something that is going to be worth while for your farm, pocketbook, and customers.

We have also found it very difficult to sell anything here that people are not "used to" locally. They will also not pay more for anything, they are not paying more for single breed registered beef then they are for mutt beef and certainly not paying more for grass fed vs grain fed etc. That is just how my area is, but 3hrs away from us people do pay more for those things. So just make sure you have researched your area and market well if that is a concern for you, before investing in registered single breed livestock. Farming is all about being willing to take the risk or not and learning from your mistakes.....which we all make!
Thanks for the feed back. I understand location is everything. I am not planning on selling the meat for more money, Just looking for something different. And yes, in my area grass feed makes a difference. I wanted a registered base to start with and I will be using the registered cows to breed and hopefully introduce something different to my area. Trial and error is a way of farm life, I am doing this as a part time thing. I am a contractor by trade and often teach classes for my local Building Association. I will be getting the cows next month and it will take about 18 more months before the first one goes to butcher. Again, thanks for the information. God Bless and keep on farming.

Larry
 

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I like smaller breed cattle also. My cows are full size Hereford cross with Highland. My bull is mini British Park cross with Wagyu. I’ll have 1/4 Wagyu beef. My 2 calves are growing like weeds.
 

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Well, meet the herd. Momma and her off spring. the bottom photo is Oshi, the middle is Oliver and top is her heifer Ovida. All registered Dexter's. They settled in nicely right into their new home. The mom is 6, heifer is 14 months, and the steere is 3 months old. raising him for the beef, and the other two are for breeding stock.
 

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Yes, I already have a local farmer ready to go with the AI. just waiting for the Mom to be in standing heat again.
 

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