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When buying land for cattle production, there are some unique characteristics to consider before signing a contract. These characteristics include: stocking rate, forage quality and type, soil type and fertility, terrain and slope of the land, water sources in each pasture, number of pastures and traps, working pen availability and condition, fence condition and type, and other infrastructure (overhead bins, interior roads, etc.) availability and condition.

Soil Types

Soil types can vary widely, not only across counties but also across ranches. Each soil type has different forage production potential. A loamy, bottomland soil will have the potential to produce more grass than a shallow soil found along ridges or hilltops. Knowing what and how much of each soil types are on the ranch will allow you to understand the forage production capability of the land you’re investigating. Land that has the capability of producing less forage for cattle consumption than other properties in the same general area could be less valuable to a livestock producer because of the reduced animal number it will support relative to properties of comparable size.

via Tips for Evaluating Property for Raising Cattle — On Pasture

Take caution and don’t cut grass too close

A bad habit that many grass managers have in lawn and hay systems is cutting it too close. By “it,” I mean the grass. There are some misconceptions about what the best height is to cut grass. It can also be confusing because the ideal cutting height varies with the type of grass. The common […]

How much hay do you need this winter?

  A late, wet spring put a double whammy on beef producers who rely on winter feed. Most producers used up most — if not all — of their hay carryover, so are starting with no reserves. Plus, the weather-delayed, and in some cases, prevented hay from being harvested. All of which makes winter feed planning even more critical this year. […]

How to Manage Your Animals in Sync with Nature – Greg Judy

This session will offer two perspectives about animal behavior in grazing systems. Session highlights include a producer’s perspective on how daily relaxed animal moves can improve docility; important grazing management practices to improve animal health and performance; discussion of how animal behavior can impact the economics and ecology of farms and ranches.

Paddock Sizing For Intensive Grazing

“How big should my paddocks/pastures be?” The answer involves some forage clipping, some weighing, and some math and Dave Scott explains it all here. Enjoy! Dave Scott’s Sheep RanchDave Scott and his wife own and operate Montana Highland Lamb (Home Grown & Happy) in Whitehall Montana. Dave is also a livestock specialist at ATTRA’s National […]

Hotwoods Pro-Tatch Hydraulic Wire Winder

The strongest 3pt. wire winders on the market today. Over 13,500 in use worldwide. The ball valve is your variable speed control. Smooth-operating valve allows you to easily select any speed from fast down to crawl, as well as a complete stop. Wire winder’s hydraulic motor provides ample

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