Making Money With Easter Egg Cows and Rejects

The cows in our pastures don't look anything similar to the cows in most pastures in our area. There are many reasons for this but the main one I guess is that we are not willing to pay for the "good kind." So consequently, our cows are every color that it is possible for a cow to be. there are black cows and red cows, and black and white spotted cows and red and white spotted cows and gray cows and white cows. My wife, Betty, Betty calls them our Easter eggs. It would be correct to assume by looking at this conglomeration that hide color is not very important in our scheme of operation. Color is not he only criteria we give little consideration when we buy cows. The breed is of no importance to us other than we stay away from dairy breeds. I haven nothing bad to say about a good milk cow. After all we milked cows for a living. But this is not our business any longer. The philosophy of our business came about from necessity. After we sold out of the dairy business and were introduced to management intensive grazing, our start-up funds were limited to say the least. We managed to put together enough money to build electric fence and buy the energizer to enclose 8 acres, to plant it in ryegrass and to put out a little fertilizer. But at that point our funds were very short for the purchase of calves, so we had to be very careful in our choice of calves at the sale barn. We realized early on that we would not be able to get in a bidding contest with the order buyers. After

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