Raise (future) Beef for Public

Discussion in 'Cattle' started by angus_guy, Jun 22, 2004.

  1. angus_guy

    angus_guy Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone done this...............There is a farmer here in TN that Sells X number of (pints quarts gal) of next years Strawberries this year

    Has anyone tried this what I mean is that I sell a calf today at a price that would be somewhat less (but not much less) than an expected price at 1000 lbs for instance

    Calf today is 500 lbs. but individual wants a calf in the spring to slaughter so he buys it for $750 or .75 per expected weight then

    he then pays for it to be slaughtered


    Thoughts ..........anyone...........
     
  2. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Why would he want to pay for it this year when he can pay for it next year?
     

  3. Jena

    Jena Well-Known Member

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    Why would you want to sell it at today's prices when they could be higher in the spring? Why sell it based on 1000 pounds when that may or may not be the actual weight?

    Why lock yourself in when you don't know what might happen to that calf, how well it will grow, health problems it might have, etc.

    I've heard of people sharing a calf with another family, more as a way to afford one when the single family could not.

    Jena
     
  4. Christiaan

    Christiaan Dutch Highlands Farm

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    My preferred way would be to guarantee a customer a beef for next spring by having him put a deposit on it. No way would I give him a price cut or a guaranteed price as I don't know what my feed costs are going to be as I can't predict the weather. Same with any possible vet bills, supplements, etc, etc.
     
  5. TexCountryWoman

    TexCountryWoman Gig'em

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    No deal. Cattle prices fluctuate. Things change. Sounds odd to me.
     
  6. james dilley

    james dilley Well-Known Member Supporter

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    This can backfire on you,What are you going to do if the calf dies? or is condemded at slaughter??