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Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch…

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By Rayford Pullen | [email protected]

As usual, it has been one long winter, but if I climb on top of the overhead feed bin, I think I can see spring headed our way. With winter following another drought and hay supplies once again short, standing forage short and supplemental protein high, it seems as though our overhead costs just keep going up. Thank goodness the cattle prices are keeping pace with our expenses, and with the cow herd down another two percent this year things are still looking favorable on the horizon.

We doubled our overseeding of annual grasses in our pastures this past fall that will ultimately allow us to give our perennial pastures a break by letting us concentrate more cows on fewer acres until the first of June or so and maybe let our pastures get a little rest and get ahead of the cows. Ultimately, we are only as smart as the rainfall and cattle markets let us be, but with winter in our rearview mirror, our forages will now be able to get our cattle back in good shape, rebred and provide the nutrients to get our calves growing, our cows providing milk and everything going in our favor.

To read more, pick up a copy of the March issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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Ag Elsewhere: Wyoming

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By Tressa Lawrence

Babies are tucked away in every nook and cranny. Many ranchers across Wyoming have baby animals popping up all over this time of year.

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Ag Elsewhere: Montana

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By Lindsey Monk

Another load of grain in to keep feeding the calves until the green grass can really start popping.

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Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch….

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By Rayford Pullen | [email protected]

Spring has sprung and hopefully the rains will continue where our country will heal from the previous droughts and our grasses will thrive. We are especially hopeful for the Panhandle of Texas where our neighbors and friends have been dealt a deadly blow to homes, ranges, livestock, and people. Keep them in your prayers as they will not be able to return to normal for many years if at all. Having lost their ability to benefit from this great cattle market is a double whammy for all of them.

Now is the time of year when we need to take care of business as it relates to our new calves that have been hitting the ground this spring. First and foremost is vaccinating for Blackleg followed by deworming with a white wormer and the IBR complex. Blackleg is a soil-born disease and with pastures extremely short this spring our calves have been grazing the green grass as soon as it shows itself, making them even more vulnerable to picking contaminates from the soil.

To read more, pick up a copy of the April issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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