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We always get a Holstein bull calf to raise for meat. Around here they are cheap and IMO the meat is very good. The first year we raised a holstein [very green] we did what everyone told us. Steer him, remove horns, etc. This was the meanest steer in the world. I hated that steer.

Well I decided that there must be a better way. The next calf we left intact and did not dehorn. Raised him till 18 months or so and off he went. Meat was excellent and this bull followed me like a puppy right on to the trailer when it was his time.

We just had our 4th bull butcherd last month. I personally will never band them or dehorn again. Yes, be cautious around a bull and do not keep them if they are starting to be aggressive but normally I think they gain weight faster and temprement wise there is not much of a difference if you butcher around 18 months. I would not go more then 18 months.
 
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