Management most often is your responsibility as owner/operator and primary decision-maker. You decide what are the right things to be doing in your operation. Here are a few items to think about to determine if you are doing the right things on your farm or ranch.
One major objective of the Forage Biotechnology Group (FBG) at the Noble Research Institute is to develop persistent cool-season forage grass cultivars for the southern Great Plains.
The National Cattleman's Beef Association convention offers what may be the premier trade show associated with the cattle industry. One of the things that really caught my attention was the number of companies offering various means of cattle identification and information management.
Forages are an essential component of a horse's diet, because they need it to help prevent digestion problems. Additionally, an adequate quantity of good-quality forage can minimize feed expenses, which is usually the single highest cost of owning a horse.
I bet a lot of you are thinking, "Does this guy know his seasons? It's only March." The reason I think of fall now is because it is a time-sensitive part of the year when winter pasture needs to be established, fertilizer put out, stockers processed, etc.
If a hunter has permission to hunt a specific tract of land for free and the landowner decides to begin charging a fee, and that hunter decides to pay the fee to continue hunting there, his individual cost of hunting has been increased. However, such a chain of events is rare and affects a very small fraction of hunters any given year.
Pruning chores are much more bearable when you're using high-quality loppers, hand pruners and saws.
Eastern gamagrass was a component of plant communities primarily in the eastern half of Oklahoma prior to European settlement and can still be found in areas not subjected to grazing pressure. This native grass is capable of producing forage of high quantity and quality - however, lack of producer familiarity, high seed costs and necessary grazing management practices have reduced the acceptance of eastern gamagrass in this region.
Three sale barn surveys conducted by the Extension service in Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas have attempted to determine the premiums and discounts received by feeder calves with various characteristics - and while the absolute numbers vary somewhat, trends are evident.
Using a calendar date to pull cattle off wheat pasture is risky because a number of variables affect jointing, including weather conditions, variety and planting date. To avoid grain yield loss, all grazing should stop at first hollow stem or "jointing."