CERTIFIED HUMANE HANDLING & USDA INSPECTED FACILITY
The folks at Homestead Meats have been processing meat animals in the North Fork Valley for over 20 years. We understand that you have invested a great deal of time and money in these animals. Our goal is to ensure that you get the most satisfaction from this investment. With that goal in mind we have:
Please schedule you processing appointments as early as possible. This will ensure that we can harvest your animals when they are ready.
Pounds of Meat Processed in 2016
Highly Qualified Staff Working Everyday
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Start by evaluating your facilities at home for raising and feeding a beef animal. Feeder animals need plenty of room to exercise for improved health. Make sure all fences and gates are secure and won’t fall down. Feed bunks should also be in good repair (don’t feed hay and grain on the ground), and clean water must be available at all times.
Select a calf that is at least six months old (choosing an older calf is also acceptable). Consider the frame size of the calf . Calves with larger frames typically take a little more time and feed to “finish.” Determine initial weight by weighing the calf on a scale or refer to the sale ticket.
Beef convert six pounds of feed into one pound of gain. When your animal is on full feed, it will gain 2.5 pounds per day; therefore, your animal needs to eat 15 pounds of feed per day to gain 2.5 pounds. Your animal will eat approximately 450 pounds of feed per month. Start calves on one pound of grain (typically corn) per head per day, and free choice grass hay. Increase grain by one pound per head per day every three to four days. Feed your calf at the same time each day. It is best to feed twice a day (morning and night), and split the grain equally between the feedings. Clear uneaten feed from feed bunk before the next feeding to avoid dusty, moldy or spoiled feed.
Calf Approximate feed amounts (after initial start-up ration)
Weight Grain Grass Hay
600 lbs. 10 -12 lbs. 3 – 4 lbs.
700 lbs. 12 -14 lbs. 4 – 5 lbs.
800 lbs. 14 -16 lbs 4 – 5 lbs.
900 lbs. 16 -18 lbs. 5 – 6 lbs.
1000 lbs. 18 -20 lbs. 5 – 6 lbs.
1100 lbs. 20 -22 lbs. 5 – 6 lbs.
1200 lbs. 22 -24 lbs. 5 – 6 lbs.
When your animal weighs between 1100 and 1300 pounds (depending on its frame size), it’s ready for processing. Be sure to contact us early to book your processing appointment!
Any questions on rations, feeding, or the care of your meat animal, contact the Colorado State University’s Cooperative Extension Office at (970) 874-2195.
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