In your typical sense, a calf that is raised along side it’s mother eating grass and then weaned at 8 months and then feed corn will take 12–18 months to reach the weight needed for slaughter.
If you are doing a grass-finished animal then it would take 24–36 months to hit the target weight for slaughter.
At what age are cows slaughtered?
The highest quality beef comes from animals that are under 36 months of age. Old cows produce highly acceptable beef if properly fattened and processed. Depending on the calf and the feeding regime, calves are best slaughtered between three and 16 weeks of age.
Is it cheaper to raise a cow for meat?
There is a cost for hay, grain, fencing, barns, vet bills and all things necessary to raise your own meat. I do think it is often cheaper to raise your own animals. This is especially true when you let your cow raise your beef and feed your chickens mostly from scraps and free-ranging.
How do you raise cows for meat?
For instance, you can easily raise a beef cow-calf herd on just grass and hay or raise some backgrounder/stocker calves on grass for the summer. Fattening cattle the conventional way primarily requires silage and grain, and feeding dairy cattle requires that plus moist hay in the form of haylage.
How much feed does it take to raise a cow?
At the feedlot, cows gain an average of one pound per six pounds of feed they consume. Market weight is approximately 1,200 – 1,400 pounds at an age of 18 – 22 months.