Hi! My hisband and I just purchased two herefords this past week-end at the local auction. One is a heifer, weighs 450 lbs, the other was a bull ( now a steer) weighing 650 lbs. We payed .77 and .71 /lb, respectively. They seem to be pretty mellow, even after the castrating, so we're pleased with that. We plan on butchering the steer next fall, and if we enjoy having cows, breeding the female for future beef. I have a couple of questions though, being we are newbies. 1) what kind of hay do cows need for the winter? We have local grass hay, first cutting, that we feed the goats. Should we purchase a better grade hay for the cows, supplement with grain, or ??? We have a better quality hay available, or feeder hay, 3-4 dollars a bale. We payed 2.25/bale for the hay we have. 2)When can the heifer be bred? We're thinking of breeding her to an angus for the first calf, for an easier calving. Whatdya think? 3) How long do you grain the steer before butchering, and would it make any difference to feed a better quality hay in the winter, or just grain him well at the end? We want to have a good quality meat, but want to keep our costs down too. I'll have more questions, I'm sure, but will await the input I get here first. Thanks so much! Susie BTW, we live in Western washington, have 4 acres of real good grass pasture. TIA!