Bred animal myself
Ohio, United States
Posted Nov 16, 2012
We always had a herd of at least 20 cattle at any time. Our preferred breed was Black Angus. Not only is the meat from these cows full of flavor, they are easy to take care of. They can be trained easily to herd and go into their indoor quarters.
Several were friendly enough to walk up to and halter. For increased exercise in tightening up the meat muscles, we usually herded them in a penning type of situation with our cattle dog and horses to get them moving.
We made our own feed and had our own alfalfa and clover rich hay fields to give them an all natural diet that was vitamin and mineral enriched. The process of making our own feed for the cattle made all of the difference in the world in the flavor and tenderness of the meat.
We did have a bull on-site as well to keep our herd growing each year. Cattle can get cranky just as people do, but are generally not violent animals. They enjoy a scratch on the head or neck just as much as humans enjoy a back rub. Having cattle and homegrown meat was a true luxury growing up. The cattle were easy to care for, cleaning their pens was as simple as using a skid-steer. I would definitely own this breed of cattle again and highly recommend it to other small grade farmers.