Raising Calves for Veal

Raise a steer from birth to butcher using this thorough guide on everything you need to know about cattle raising.

| March/April 1970

  • Veal
    Veal is considered a culinary delicacy, but it can also be practical for your homestead.
    Photo by Fotolia/Marco Mayer

  • Veal

A friend of mine who likes to eat once chose to spend his vacation at a Western Dude Ranch. He figured that for once he'd get all the tender juicy steaks and roast beef he could eat.

When he came back I asked, "How were the steaks?"

"Oh, good...good," he answered, but I detected an odd note in his voice.

He explained. "Funny thing about that ranch, even though they had a couple of hundred steers on the place they got their beef from Chicago..."

If a Western Ranch specializing in the production of beef cattle doesn't even raise beef for its own use, then what right has a homesteader to think that he can profitably do so?

On one or two acres you probably won't go very deeply into beef production, but even on two acres if you are keeping a cow you'll find yourself raising beef in the shape of veal (calf meat).

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