Anyone here raise cattle? First time raising them???

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Crabby-Chicken

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This is our Charolais X jersey steer. Hard to tell from this photo but he is about to my chin now. I am 5'4"s. He seems to be filled in everywhere. Does he look finished? And can anyone hazard a guess on his weight? I have no clue. He is due to be processed in one month at almost 15 months old. Thanks for the help!
 

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He looks pretty good, at almost 15 months he's getting close to processing time, ours sometimes go a little longer, but that's mostly due to our schedule. No clue as to weight, as we raise Red AngusX cattle and they have a different build; but he does look to be filled in nicely, so keep up with whatever you are doing, it seems to be working. You won't regret homegrown beef, its the best.
 

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Thank you Chandab, this has been a learning experience for us. I have no idea how much he weighs!
 

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Thank you Chandab, this has been a learning experience for us. I have no idea how much he weighs!
Probably between 700-900, but with the charlois in there, it could be a bit more. I honestly don't know, maybe 400-500# dressed out (fair amount of "waste" with bone, hide and parts I don't eat); but in any case, you should get a freezer full out of him.

I hope you have a good processor available to you, as that can make a difference too in what you get. I like my hamburger in 2# packages and roasts sized to fit my crock pot (he's been pretty good on roast sizes, don't know the weight, I've just told him so it fits my crock-pot). My MIL recently gave us a few packages of hamburger and a couple roasts, they were out of room in their freezer, and I wasn't as impressed with their beef as our own home raised (they are actually retired, but my BIL had a heifer processed), they used a different processor. [The only way to know is word of mouth and trial and error. And, neither are fool proof, as everyone can have a bad day as easily as a good day.]
 

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Thanks Chanda!

That is good to know! We have a great processor near us that has been recommended by everyone I have talked to!

Thanks for the guess, it gives me an idea of what he weighs now!
 

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I"m trying to remember what ours have weighed when we've taken them in, I think the smallest was around 600# and the largest was over 1000# (we got him in late, so he was over 2 years old; we missed the opportunity before winter, and then were snowed in for 3 months, and we had to buy beef and that sucked). [Oh, and those are live weights, not dressed weights.]
 
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