This week’s online poll question is: “What are your plans concerning your cowherd size in 2013?"
Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section after voting.
from drought and heat to cool and record floods this spring. High priced land is a bigger threat here than weather. Cows don't pencil out very good on $10,000./Acre+ land.
With the drought and scarce grass/ hay what better time to focus on quality rather than quantity. The best qualitiy cows are what produces the best calves. By doing so easy maintenance cows and high feed efficiency calves converting smaller amounts of feed intake into the same or more pounds is what our farm is focusing on.
Waiting for rain!
Would like to keep our numbers the same or expand a little but are going to have to have a lot more rain. I am 62 years old and I can not remember when our prospects for grass looked worse. A lot of people are planting oats under their pivots for feed rather than corn if they have cows. I was on the road today and was surprised that I did not more corn planters in the field but even more surprised to see two drills running in corn fields with cows still in the field. I can only assume that they were drilling feed for their cows. This would be central and south western Nebraska. Really hoping we can keep the cow herd we have but I know we will cull harder than we ever have going to grass.
My first reply set off the spam filter. Why submit the facts of living through 3 killing storms
How do you answer such a question when three April storms a week a part kicked the hell out of the herd. The first started out with a summer style hail storm with an inch of 1/4 inch hail and by the 36th hour of the storm wind chill dropped to minus 20 degrees with wind gusts at 47 mph recorded 7 inches of snow. The fourth battle for survival is to coming in Tuesday May first. I have more ear tags than dog tags collected 40 years ago. Same results body count.
Have a Spring calving group and a Fall calving group. Plan to retain more heifers and increase the number of spring calvers by adding all of fall heifers to spring and calve at 2 and 1/2 years old. Keep the fall calvers at status quo and add only heifers which are born between April 1 and April 30 out of Spring group.
Plan to increase herd and hope for grass and some lower feed cost. I beieve there is great opportunities in the beef industry.
Keeping 20 yearling heifers to breed but culling 20 older cows.
We, generation 3 on this ranch in tough drought western SD, continue to cull hard, pray for more rain, and plan for generations 4 and 5 to add to their herds if the rain comes.
I would like to expand BUT it will depend on rainfall which in East Texas is not looking good.
Starting a gradual dispersal--moving toward retirement.
Have expanded the last couple of years and plan to stay at 450 cows for the immediate future.
I have started a stricter culling program to focus on Quality not Quanity
I need lots of rain to make my pastures grow.
plan to keep expanding even though land is in high demand here
Waiting for rain and letting the pastures get back in condition
Everybody wants more pasture so its hard to come by,need more grass so I can expand some day
I'm really on the move n my operation , we made it though the drought with 200 cow an now adding a feedlot , to feed ours an buy local calves to sell larger groups. I feel that any business u r n , u need to grow, or expand n someway every year!!
Buy while to price is high so you can sell when the price is low
I will not increase the herd but plan to retain most of the good fall heifers to market as bred heifers.
I decreased my herd over 90% down to 37 head will probably sell these if rain does not come soon.
Hope to add lest 10 more to the herd...for sure if lots of grass, and cheaper corn.
I reduced my herd by 40% during the drought. I do not plan to increase it until I get so rain and get my pastures in better shape.
I dont know. I feel to build new fencelines, and add cows to the herd. But then I also feel to sell the cows as there is not much profit to make in this industry unless one has many many cows in a large operation. I dont know.
Needing to make some much needed herd adjustments, mainly culling, and work on pasture management this year, but hope to begin increasing slightly next year.
We have more pasture available so we plan to increase the cow herd . We are on a Island in the North Pacific Ocean so we are not short of feed .
Trying to expand family operation to make room for me but its hard finding pasture that isn't being torn up to plant corn on in my area.
We've cut our numbers in half over the last 2 years and remain in the "exceptional D4" drought rating. Our plans are on hold waiting on moisture.
Well Then buy back in fall
Just started my ranch this year. I am buying 125 head to start. Cant wait to do this full time ine day.
cost of inputs are way too high
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