Whereas dairy cows produce milk and bear calves over many years for a farm, feeder cattle of both sexes are fattened up to their slaughter weight of around kilograms over between 15 and 18 months and are then slaughtered. For this reason, cattle breeds that grow quickly and have a high ability to put on weight are particularly suited to meat production. There are different breeds that fulfil these criteria, however. Whereas some breeds have a high weight with a very low fat level, other breeds grow more quickly but do not reach the same weight. The meat from these cows is valued for its marbled meat, which shows the intramuscular fat content, however. There are also different breeds for milk production.
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Tuesday, September 6, Buying a side of beef: If you missed yesterday's post, go ahead and start with Lesson One: Buying shares in a live animal before moving on to today's post. If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments section. Buying a side of beef can be an economical way of filling the freezer and supporting your local farmer but the process can be extremely confusing for the first time customer. Here's a detailed primer on how it works and what to expect.