Age to slaughter steer?

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  1. mlangfus

    mlangfus Well-Known Member

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    have a Jersey steer raising for beef. What is proper age to slaughter?
     
  2. copperhead46

    copperhead46 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    It's really not the age so much as the size of the steer. Depending on what you're feeding, it could be from 16 months to 24. My grass fed calves usually got to a couple of years, just to get the size I want. Sorry I don't have anymore info than that.
    P.J.
     

  3. topside1

    topside1 Retired Coastie Supporter

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    I agree with Copperhead, Jerseys 16 months minimum. Other dairy breeds 12 months minimum....Fill your freezer, beef prices are ready to explode upward in the markets...
     
  4. sungirl

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    18 months is normal for our steers, (Hereford X Angus.)
     
  5. Faith Farm

    Faith Farm Well-Known Member

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    We took 1 Holstein/Angus and a pure Holstein steer about 24 months old
    and weighing 900+ LBs. The meat was wonderful and tender. Hang it
    about 14 days.
     
  6. Up North

    Up North KS dairy farmers

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    With a Jersey steer, you just keep feeding it until you grow weary of doing so - then you slaughter it.
     
  7. ozark_jewels

    ozark_jewels Well-Known Member Supporter

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    We always slaughter our Jersey steers between 18-24 months of age. Going by weight not age.
    We only butchered one before that time. He was an 8 month steer who was still nursing his dam. He was as big as her, so in the freezer he went.
     
  8. LittleRedHen

    LittleRedHen Well-Known Member Supporter

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    That is going be how I figure out when I slaughter too. Thats what I do for my hogs and it works well Hahah
     
  9. jerzeygurl

    jerzeygurl woolgathering

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    18 months to 24 months, size is a factor
     
  10. JulieLou42

    JulieLou42 Well-Known Member

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    This is a couple weeks before we processed the steer...he was more than half the weight of his Mum, a 3/4 Guernsey Angus X. He was 750# and is very tender and tasty. He was 1/2 Jersey, and had that temperament. He was 10.5 mo. old and had been gaining average 3# per day over the course of his life.

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