Starting a Beef Cattle Farm

Starting a beef cattle farm is such a profitable business. If you are interested about this kind of business, you need to know the pros and cons for you to succeed.

Starting right is the key to success.

Just like in starting other types of business, you need to be familiar about the things you need to know before starting your own cattle farm. It involves animal care, hard work, effort and the most important is the capital that you would use in starting the business. You also need to establish solid foundation as well as a concrete business plan. Earning huge profits is not that easy unless you established a solid and good start. Everything else will follow as long as you are focus in your business and not just the profit.

Important Considerations in Starting your Cattle Farm

As you start the cattle farm, you should keep in mind that various breeds do better in different climates. Some breeds are perfect for the production of beef while others are good for milking. In choosing the right breed, you should select one that would do well in your area and suitable in the business you desire. Obtaining ideas about cattle farming cannot be obtained solely by reading books and theory. Before you start your own cattle farm, it is ideal if you are hired in a cattle farm so that you will gain your own knowledge and experience. This would also help you decide if the business is right for you.

Once you are decided to engage in this business endeavour, the next step that you should do is to obtain a land. Your dream of raising the cattle farm would not realize if you do not have the proper location. You will also need to invest in the fencing. Make sure that the fence is heavy and firm to house the cattle. Planting trees within the farm is also important to provide shade to the animals. After establishing and preparing the location, then it is the right time to purchase cattle. However, you only need to have 1 bull otherwise they would fight each other.

Cattle farming are an appealing activity for people who have the necessary land and resources that are competitive. Farming cattle is not all about setting up the business but also a good start if you want in dairy cattle farming, beef cattle farming as well as pure cattle farming. Indeed, cattle farming are growing progressively all over the world. Nevertheless, farming cattle is a sensitive business, as you need to consider many things. Aside from taking into account the deadlines and productions, you also need to consider the welfare of the cows as living things.


  • Aswin Nasution said on October 7, 2010
    I am planing to build a Beef cattle farm in Jayapura Papua, Indonesia. We have 10 Ha land and what I need is the information of the ideal farm construction for 1000 cows in this land. Your information is highly appreciated, thank you.
  • Gaolathe L. Sesupeng said on January 31, 2011
    I am planing to build a Beef cattle farm in Fracistown, Botswana. We have 5km*5km land and what I need is the information of the ideal farm construction for 100 cows in this land. Your information is highly appreciated, thank you.
  • sam chakar said on April 16, 2011
    I am planning to start beef cattle farm in texas . I heard I can't live on this business ,I don't believe that because their are big demand for meat. Also I like to know all the detail about this business. DO we need connections with big companies to by our cattle ? I highly appreciate any information from you. thank you .
  • chris henry said on April 30, 2011
    I am planing to build a Beef cattle farm in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. We have a piece of land and what I need is the information of the ideal farm construction for 100 cows in this land. Your information is highly appreciated, thank you.
  • Ben & tiff Ryan said on June 26, 2011
    Want to start small cattle farm northern NSW Australia around 100-200 acres around abouts. Just looking for some good ideas to keep in mind and business ideas
  • venkatareddy said on July 22, 2011
    I am planing to start a buffalo farm for 10 to 20 Nos can any body help me how to get project report in brief and loan sanction from bankers what is the initial investment for the start the project , place is near Piduguralla in GUntur dist in Andra Pradesh, India. Thanks in Advance
  • Cowboymom said on August 8, 2011
    I found your web site while trying to find ways to supplement our cattle ranch. I must say that what I read was going to help me to decide whether you were credible or not. You input on the cattle business was right on target.

    The number one limiting factor in the size of any cattle herd is land. It was once said that to have a viable cattle herd to support a moderate income for a family was 300 mother cows. Now that number has more than doubled. Even though the price of beef has increased in the last year, so has the expenses. Honestly, the price of beef has not kept pace with inflation. It also used to be said that you could buy a pickup for the price of six weaners. Now it would take at least sixty. That is just a half ton single cab truck. Not the crew cab diesel ones that are so popular now.

    Telling someone interested in being the cattle business to go and work for someone else was the best advice I have ever read. It is a lifestyle, no a way to become wealthy. If you want to work hard, spend time with your family and worry where your next paycheck is coming from, than this is the occupation for you. If you want guaranteed income, retirement, health benefits, weekends off and only to work an eight hour day, then don't quit your "regular" job!
  • Assegid Mekuria said on April 21, 2012
    I'm an Ethiopian and i'm animal science student at Arba Minch University, i will graduate in this year and i want to start my beef cattle farm in Ethiopia.
  • Khan sam said on June 10, 2012
    Hi. I m sam. i want to start a new business of beef farming at quetta provence balochistan pakistan. i need help. and complete guidance and feed making procedure
  • MR THABISO OABONA MOATISI said on August 19, 2012
  • sohail said on September 11, 2012
    i am bwp and multan in pak i like to start cattle farm and feed factory what u suggest. best regard
  • Sam Nyembe said on September 27, 2012
    Empangeni, KZN, South Africa, planning to buy 23Ha land for cattle farming, 16km from Empangeni.
  • kalule deo said on October 12, 2012
    i want to start a beef farm but no reliable source to buy them what can i do. 'thanks very much*' Webale nyo, Mityana , Ttamu,Uganda
  • Trina Jacobs said on October 16, 2012
    I would like to write a business plan for a small beef cattle farm. Can you help with any info in this business I'm in Manchester, Tennessee. Thank you for your help.
  • Victor v nkosi said on November 20, 2012
    I'm in south africa Mpumalanga province around Nelspruit. My father has got 100 cattle. We feed some of the cattle and sell, we want a land and correct fattening feeds and how must we go about registering the business and get business loan
  • amukelani chauke said on December 10, 2012
    i need help on how to write a business plan and proposal in livestock farming(cattle) don't know where to start. i am currently in Limpopo(Tzaneen).
  • Devin said on December 27, 2012
    I'm 13 years old and pursuing a career on beef cattle farming. I live on a farm, we used to milk and it took up much of our time. We could never take vacation. How much pasture and food land will I need to start a farm with 50 head of cattle and what other careers are possible to do with this career?
  • Ramabaka Abel Tshimole said on January 1, 2013
    1. I am in Limpopo, Lephalale area in Marken. I bought a cow, which was also pregnant in 2008 and agreed that she would breed and take care of it for me. After it gave birth, he replaced my calf with a cow ready to give birth to help me increase my herd/breed easily. I used to visit but not that often. I contacted him in October 2012 wanting to confirm my herd/breed and he told me that they are still only 2 and never got pregnant to give birth. I expected that I should have at least 16 cows n calves by the time I made the inquiry. Is that possible or should I take further steps to claim my full herd?

    2. Secondly I have a brother and an uncle who have more than 80 herd of cattle, amongst the three of us 50 goats and about 30 sheep and are looking for a farm that could assist to grow our breed/herd. This would assist us in breeding and selling, and may be later to expand into an abattoir to supply approximate butcheries, lodges, etc. Please help
  • Ayelech said on January 23, 2013
    I would like to write a business plan for a small fattening beef cattle farm. Can you help with any info in this business I'm in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. Thank you for your help.
  • Agha Shamsul Arfeen said on January 28, 2013
    I intend to establish cattle farm at Los Angeles CA, need a feasibility report, if any one could guide.
  • malik waheed said on February 2, 2013
    i want to start calf cattle farm with 25 calf upto 50 .plz guide me all about related thing specially land, building, feed and also tell me about feasibility of 50 calf sold in 3 months.
  • ABUBAKAR SULAIMAN said on February 25, 2013
  • MUHAMMAD AQEEL ASHRAF said on March 5, 2013
    Hi, I am aqeel from Kahror Pakka, Lodhran District Pakistan, I want to start a beef cattle farm, advice me your good suggestion to improve my cattle farm,
  • Jane said on March 11, 2013
    We are looking at starting a cattle business, with need for investors, we are willing to pay a good return for funding. Our farm is in Washington County Abingdon Virginia. We appreciate any information that you have available. Thanks!!!!
  • deepak said on April 21, 2013
    Hi, I wanted to start a cattle farming (dairy) so i need your guide on the same.
  • leatile mahalelo said on April 23, 2013
    can anyone help with the ratio of cows and bull, advice will be appreciated
  • Duniya khan said on May 2, 2013
    Sir i want to start beef farming plz guide me in this about all necessary information like food, kind of animal, etc. I am from pakistan punjab (chiniot). and business will start in chiniot
  • Osgo said on May 13, 2013
    Hi, pls I want to start a cattle fattening farm in Nigeria. Pls advise on the best way forward.
  • MBUSHUNOTI.M.SIRIA said on July 1, 2013
  • paula said on November 10, 2013
    I want to start a small cattle farm of five females n one bull in Ogun State, Nigeria. Pls tell me how much it will cost, what i need n how to deal with their diseases. thanks
  • Yelledth Zungu said on March 23, 2014
    The farm is located in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa about 120 miles from Durban. The farm size is about 930 hectares. Part of it is arable (sugar cane) and the rest is good for grazing land. Next to the farm are located large sugar cane farms. I would like help with writing a business plan and financing for cattle farming - both beef and dairy, sheep and goats. The project would create many jobs, facilitate food security, as well as generate income for the local population. It's such a huge farm that it would take about a half day to ride around it on horseback.
  • Ally Mavura said on June 6, 2014
    I have 10Ha in north west part of Tanzania, i plan to fatterning cattle. my plan is to start with 10 then from there i can grow. what can i do.
  • nNkosie mathambo said on June 7, 2014
    hi i want to start a cattle fattening project i have a small plot about 4km in ZIMBABWE what can i do
  • anne morgan said on June 21, 2014
    how do i start a beef cattle farm in Enugu, Nigeria
  • Timothy said on July 26, 2014
    Cattles for sale (Bulls and Cows) at very low prices, kindly contact my brother if you are interested 07083712124.
  • Tadele Ayele said on August 6, 2014
    Hi I want to start a beef cattle fattening system on the peace of land in Ethiopia by feeding them without any movement. so please guide me how to build their shelter & their feeding system per day. Your idea is support me THANK YOU.
  • selven govender said on August 18, 2014
    business location in gauteng south africa ..farming cattle and poultry....
  • Benson said on August 19, 2014
    Hi. I'm very much interested to start a beef cattle and Goat fattening in Coastal Region in Tanzania (about 35 kilometers from Dar es Salaam. I have about 5 acres of land - I need your guidance on where to start it.
  • Ermias Gebremichael said on August 23, 2014
    I am animal science student graduate of 2011 and I made a business plan, found a land for beef cattle fattening so please where can I get starting capital? 10Q U!
  • Michael said on September 3, 2014
    Wants to start cattle farming, beef in particular. Based in Polokwane, Limpopo Province, South Africa.
  • addisu said on October 18, 2014
    I want to begin beef fattening business. Would advise me how to go about it in detail. Thank you. Mar Addis
  • Grace said on January 2, 2015
    This piece is wonderful tnks for the tips. I am a Nigerian and I am planning to have a cattle farm, but I like to know the capital that can be set aside to achieve my aspiration?
  • Vincent said on February 24, 2015
    I own a farm land of about 800 acres located 200km away from Tanzania's capital city of Dar es Salaam. My intention is to establish a cattle fattening business. For me the market for my products is already there. My main concern is how to go about the fattening process. So I would like help with writing a business plan and financing for beef cattle fattening business on this farm. My plan is to buy cattle from farmers during dry season when they are unable to look after them because of food shortage and fattening them for few months before sending them to the market.
  • Desta said on May 26, 2015
    please provide me your response for the above question
  • David said on July 30, 2015
    Hi@Vincent,I read your comment. This is David from China, working in a Chinese biggest livestock science and technology company which established in 2002 and specializes in farm designing, farm construction, livestock equipment manufacturing, farm management consulting and its the only Chinese supplier can provide ecological farm whole industry chain services and turnkey projects. From your comment, I learned that you are in need of some idea in farm construction, but I may know how is it now? How many cattles do you need to buy from farmers? Nice day, David
  • modisaotsile letuba said on August 14, 2015
    i have started a beef farm in Botswana. it is in the southern part of the country...the rainfall in this area is very low and unreliable..which means we experience long dry season where our animals are supposed to walk for long distance to get water and to graze...the grass during the dry season dry off and become unpalatable to our stock and which means we have to regularly supplement our cattle.
  • VICENT said on September 28, 2015
    Hello@DAVID. Hope all is well with you. Nice to hear that you work for a Chinese firm that deals with manufacturing livestock equipment.May I have you email please. You can inbox me through
  • Kamran Rafiq said on October 29, 2015
    Hello i want to start beef production business in the city of Multan in south of Punjab province of Pakistan.wants guideline in this regard.thanks
  • Tushemereirwe Esther said on April 9, 2016
    Hello my name is Esther a student at Makerere university. I have 40ha of land in the mid western part of Uganda and am interested in cow fattening and Beef farming but I do not have the finance and knowledge.kindly help me.Thanks
  • Lucy Ndiritu said on February 19, 2017
    Hallo, My name is Lucy Ndiritu from Kenya. Am interested in production of animal feeds to help my community in high yields of both diary and beef cattle produce. Kindly guide me through this noble course
  • Henry Ukubeyinje said on January 28, 2018
    I am interested in setting up a sizable cattle farm, using feedlot with about 1000 cows, 400 bulls and 100 calves. Pls can you help on how to go with the business plan particularly on the size of the land needed, size of feed mill, structures that need to be on ground and the economics. I am also looking at the possibility of getting imported hybrid cattle with the capacity to do well in the Nigerian weather and resistant to insects. Pls I need your help, How do I go about this. Henry, U.


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