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Calves For Sale

Farmers raise many different types of calves each year in South Africa. While operators of large feed lots raise the vast majority of them, many families choose to raise a few calves to sell to supplement their family's income. Others choose to raise these calves so that they can get milk from the momma cows. Before buying calves for sale in South Africa, it is important to understand the most prominent breeds.

Beef Cattle

Farmers raise beef cattle on various size farms. Some farmers choose to have less than 50 cows, while others choose to operate massive feed lot operations with more than 1 000 head of cattle. One of the most prominent breeds is the Angus, raised because of its flavourful meat and quick growth rate. Another prominent breed is the Bonsmara. This breed is particularly prominent in large feeding operations because of its calm personality and excellent feed conversion rating. Other prominent breeds include the Nguni, Afrikana, and the South African/Namibian Hereford.

Dairy Cattle

Individuals who seek fresh milk for their families sometimes raise dairy calves. Other farmers raise dairy calves on dairy farms with herds up to 300 that produce milk for consumers to buy in stores. The average dairy farm in South Africa has 110 cows. Farmers particularly like the Brown Swiss for its longevity, its milk protein, and its easy temperament. Farmers like the Holstein for its rapid growth, early maturity, and ease of care. Other popular dairy breeds include the Jersey, Guernsey, and Ayrshire.

Understanding the different breed characteristics of cattle allows you to pick the best calves for sale in South Africa. If you are looking for baby calves to raise, then they should be between three and eight months old at purchase. Try to buy calves in South Africa that have had proven good care and that come from quality stock. A good owner usually indicates that the calves will develop well and will have great meat or milk production. Feed the calves well, and watch them for any signs of illness. Then, once the calves reach maturity, you can enjoy the rewards of all your hard work.