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LINCOLN - Instead of getting beef at the grocery store, many rural residents in Nebraska and across the country are instead raising a couple of cattle and having them processed.

Nebraska Extension Educator Aaron Berger says there are several things to keep in mind, especially if you’ve never raised cattle before.

Berger says as you think about selecting a few cattle you’re going to home raise, find a good source.

"Depending on where you're at in the country, you can go to your local auction barn. Though, I really encourage people who are getting started in this to try and develop a connection with a local farmer or rancher. Someone they can go and purchase those animals from directly."

Berger says you’ll also need to develop a relationship with a local veterinarian.

He says getting a harvest slot at many processors is 18 months to two years out, so before you purchase cattle, make sure you’ve secured a slot to harvest them.

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