Low-input grazing systems highlight upcoming workshop
During the last 10 years, the Middle Creek Ranch has gone from relying on hay production and feeding to focusing on maximizing the number of grazing days possible and eliminating dependence on hay.
To help other producers find the same success, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation will host a grazing workshop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 26, at the Middle Creek Ranch, located at 2798 N. 394 in Dustin, Okla.
“We chose Middle Creek Ranch for this event because of their ability to significantly change their management approach,” said James Rogers, Ph.D., assistant professor. “Their motto has always been ‘there must be a better way to do what we are doing.’”
This workshop, which is open to the public, is designed to help agricultural producers improve both their pasture and management skills. Participants will learn about the economics of grazing and marketing cull cows, and taking the feed and hay out of a cow-calf operation.
“Ranch manager Yates Adcock has been able to change his management approach by changing the calving season and grazing program,” Rogers said. “One of his goals is to make the cow herd fit the ranch and resources rather than make the ranch fit the cow herd. He is in the process of subdividing pastures to better manage the forage resources.”
A ranch tour will be given in the afternoon which includes discussions on introduced grass and native grass management, fire and brush control, ranch wildlife management, subdividing large pastures, using the tool of stock density, and managing a single herd—“mob”—of 450 pairs and 200 breeding age heifers through daily pasture rotations.
Registration cost is $20 and includes lunch. For directions or to register, visit www.noble.org/agevents or contact Jackie Kelley at 580-224-6360.