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5 Big Reasons Why Northern Arizona is Great for Ranching and Farming

If you're looking into buying a parcel of land to have your own ranch or farm, northern Arizona is an excellent option. Northern Arizona is a beautiful region home to abundant species of wildlife and breathtaking scenery. Nature lovers who want to escape the daily grind and build their dream homes in the countryside are flocking to this area because of its gorgeous landscapes and agreeable climate. Here are 5 big reasons why you too should call Northern Arizona home for your ranch or farm.

1. Mild Climate

When most people think of Arizona, desert comes to mind. Although much of Arizona is indeed arid, the northern third of Arizona is a plateau at a significantly higher altitude than the lower desert. As such, summers are cooler and winters are colder. However, the temperature is never extreme and the area boasts a consistently mild, pleasant climate year-round. You can escape the heat of southern Arizona by relaxing in the cool mountain climate of northern Arizona.

2. Affordable

Northern Arizona boasts affordable properties. You can find high quality land at reasonable rates, making it an ideal location to purchase a parcel of land for your ranch or farm. The acreage you can find in Northern Arizona is perfect for a ranch or for building your dream home.

3. Spacious

As the population in Arizona grows, an increasing number of residents in urban areas are looking to untouched mountain areas like northern Arizona to build their homes. Northern Arizona is largely undeveloped and thus makes an excellent location for ranching and farming. At your ranch or farm in northern Arizona, you will be far removed from the stresses of life in the city.

4. Well Preserved

Northern Arizona boasts a vast amount of undeveloped landscape that remains unspoiled by urbanization. The area is well preserved, making it ideal for agriculture and ranching. There are several wilderness areas that were created in order to protect local wildlife. Boasting amazing natural attractions including the Grand Canyon and Lake Powell, northern Arizona is a lovely place to call home.

5. Few Natural Predators

One of the biggest worries of ranchers and farmers are natural predators that pose a threat to one's stock or crops. In northern Arizona, you don't need to be concerned about natural predators putting your livestock or crops in danger because few exist in the region. As such, the area is ideal for farming and ranching.


How To Raise Cattle - 6 Practical Tips You Can Start Off On Raising Cattle

Many people nowadays see the potential of raising cattle and have sought out numerous books, guides, and instructional materials on how to raise cattle effectively for profit. If you're one of these cattle farmers or cattle enthusiasts who is planning on setting up his or her own cattle farm, it is important that you have a very clear objective as to what type of cattle you're going to raise, how much are you willing spend/invest, what your available resources are and how you can cultivate them, and the like. Before anything else though, it is important to know what kind of cattle you will be raising before learning how to actually raise the animals. Are you planning on breeding and selling beef cattle, dairy cattle, or grass-fed cattle?

For this article, learning how to raise cattle and cattle handling, particularly grass-fed cattle, is going to be the focus of the article for several reasons. First, raising grass-fed cattle has many benefits on the part of the farmer, one of which is that it is cost effective and the cows are normally easy to handle since the staple food is the grass around them. If you have a ranch that is filled with good greenery, this type of cattle will surely do you well. On the part of the consumers, grass-fed cattle produces some of the best meat since they don't have any growth hormones in them, the cows are normally stress-free, and gather many nutrients from the food they eat. So if you are well-equipped and have learned how to raise cattle then you will surely benefit from your herd. To start off, here are some tips on how to raise cattle:

Before learning how to raise cattle, make sure to look and select cattle breeds that thrive on grass. Once you have your starter herd, always make sure to provide fresh grass and legumes for lots of nutrients. If you think it necessary, you can supplement the cattle's food with plant proteins. Remember that cows normally need 11% protein in their diet. During the late summer season, you can add starch protein since plant proteins drop during this time. Cows can become ill once in a while, so when this happens, provide antibiotics that are of a low level to avoid any health problems for your cows. When feeding your herd/s, rotate pastures in order for the cattle to constantly eat fresh grass. You can also send out chickens (if you have) while the cows are grazing to help fertilize the area.


Cost of Raising Cattle - Tips Before You Start

What is the cost of raising cattle? It shouldn't be too expensive, right? All you have to do is buy the cow, put it in a field, and watch it graze. Right? Wrong! Many people have thought of trying to raise their own cows for meat or milk, but not many have considered the actual cost of raising cattle. Below is a rundown of all the costs involved in raising a cow.

1. Cow

The first cost to be considered is the actual cost of the cow. The price depends on the breed of the cow, as well as secondary factors such as its age and size. You also have to consider the current cost of feeding it and how long you have to wait until it can be bred.

2. Shelter

The cost of raising cattle also depends on the cost of providing shelter for them. Money can be spent on building expensive sheds or barns. Alternatively, a simple windbreak can suffice. Consider that thousands of cattle are raised successfully with little or no housing. Many cows spend their whole lives out in the open but, to be on the safe side and to protect the health of your cows, it would be wise to build or rent for them a place that will shelter them from rain and wind. The structure has to provide shade, be draft-free, and be spacious enough for all its occupants. The cost of raising cattle also includes the cost of putting up sturdy fences to keep the cows from straying and to protect them from thieves and other animals.

3. Water

A normal cow will consume about 12 gallons of water every day. This fact should be taken into account when tallying up the total cost of raising cattle. Tank heaters will be necessary during the colder months - this, too, should be accounted for.

4. Pasture

The life of the cattle and the quality of meat they produce will rely on the pasture they graze on. According to some farmers, cows thrive on pasture that is a mixture of alfalfa, brome, and timothy. This provides more grazing than straight bluegrass. Remember that it takes around 20 acres of grass to pasture one head of cattle.

5. Hay and ground feed

The cost of feeding a cow will make up a significant portion of the total cost of raising cattle. For a cow to produce good beef, it needs to consume about half to ¾ of a ton of hay. Remember that alfalfa is the best kind of hay for cattle and is the standard by which all other kinds of hay are judged. It is also the most expensive. As for ground feed, corn is the best feed there is and you will need about a thousand pounds of it for every cow you have.

6. Veterinary and other costs

Apart from the cost of buying a cow, sheltering it, watering it, and feeding it, you also have to take into consideration a number of other expenses. There's the cost of labor, the cost of transporting cattle, the cost of breeding a cow, and so on. These are only some of the costs that you have to keep in mind if you are curious about the total cost of raising cattle.


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