im a mum to two beautiful girls 2 1/2 and 1, happily married.
I would have stumbled on agmates on my never ending search for information. We live in a small community and job prospects are very limited, my husband was retrenched in december last year and has only been able to get casual work since, as we don't wish to move we need to find alternate sources of income. I have taken over management of my fathers badly run down grazing property 113ha/289acres near the high country in North East Vic, it has been leased at almost half its potential value for the last 8 years and hasnt been maintained at all. I am in the process of repairing the pastures, weed control and boundary fence maintenance and will be looking for a new leasee. I have restructured the lease so that I can keep 70 acres for myself looking to make 70 acres profitable without any capital or significant outlay....fun huh?
My first ventue has been raising bobby calves, I have a Holstien cow and supplimented with CMR. I did alot of calf rearing as a teen and after working the figures i think i can make an ok profit, it all depends on what i can get and what age i need to keep the calves to. I have 20 fresian steer and fresian x beef steer calves at the moment and at last weigh at 12 weeks were weighing average 130kg. each calf has cost an average of $250 to get to this point where they won't need sup feeding and shouldn't cost me much at all to continue to grow.
I'm keeping meticulous records as once i have some capital from calves sold i will be considering other options for my 70 acres including contract rearing.
well thats me and whats bought me to agmates if you have any advice or suggestion please let me know or if you would like some information on raising bobby calves please ask i have been very successful with my routine and have had no deaths or weight loss even with scour problems as commonly found in saleyard calves.