- “Ranching is a way of life.”
- “I love the animals.”
- “I can’t imagine doing anything else but being a rancher.”
- Even after a terrible year due to low prices or terrible weather: “I love what I do.”
Follow practical information for the beef producer on essential topics including management, reproduction and calving, new technology, facilities improvement, beef quality, and feed and nutrition.
The ag industry has been concerned for many years about protecting operations from trespassers who seek to secretly videotape footage of animals. Producers point to concerns over the safety of their animals, employees, facilities and privacy as reasons to prevent this type of activity.
When it comes to potential problems with forages, most producers concentrate on potentially toxic weeds and nitrates in times of drought.
Listen to some “experts” and you’d think pasture management comes out of a bag or a bottle. They’d have you spraying weeds, seeding “improved” species and spraying fertilizer to make pastures productive.
Brush and tree removal can be a costly tool for opening grazing options, while one sweep of a wildfire can solve the problem in a day.
Seeding is increasingly used to improve rangelands degraded by wildfires, energy extraction and weeds. Unfortunately, establishing rangeland plants from seed has proven difficult, and seeding efforts often fail. A lot of research is currently focused on improving rangeland seeding efforts.