I am not really new to cattle, I have shown them for my uncle and his friend for years, but have never owned any. My family want to raise a beef to eat. My question is, how many would we need to buy and sell in order to pay for the expenses of feeding one and butchering it. Would 3 pay off all of their expenses if 2 were sold and one was butchered? How much grazing area would they need. How many round bales would be needed if calves were placed in a 1/2 acre of grass and fed for 6-9 months? How long would it take to feed out a 5 month old calf? These are chiangus calves. Show quality animals. They are not rangy. What kind of starter grain would we need to get. We have our own grain mixed at the local grain elevator for our dairy goats. I know they carry a baby beef pelet that we could mix with corn and oats. What should we feed to finish them out? Just a high percentage of straight corn and a few oats thrown in?