After 33 years of managing rangeland for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Glenn Reagan retired in 1993 to go into full-time ranching and farming.
His farm and ranch is located in the Texas Panhandle, near Texline, at an elevation of about 5,000 feet.
In the spring of 1999, he sprigged 40 acres of World Feeder Bermuda grass under a center pivot sprinkler. The sprigs came up the first of June, and by Aug. 4 Reagan turned on six head of 400-pound heifers per acre and grazed through November. They gained an average of 1.58 pounds per head per day.
In September, he overseeded triticale on the bermuda. He never moved the cattle off while seeding. When the bermuda froze down, there was the triticale. Wheat, rye, barley, etc. would work equally well. This program will give about 10 months of green grazing per year. This year, he was going to sprig an additional 80 acres of WFB.
"I like World Feeder Bermuda because it doesn't require as intensive management as most other grasses. I will point out though, the better soils, management, fertilizer and water program you have, the higher production return you will receive.
"I am planning on grazing eight to 10 head per acre this year on the established 40 acres, and hope to get five or six head per acre on the newly sprigged by mid-August. I believe we will produce about 1,600 to 1,800 pounds of beef per acre on the established grass during its season, then an additional 600 pounds on the triticale through the fall and winter.
"A person doesn't have to buy more land when they spring WFB--just manage what they have! I sprigged World Feeder Bermuda on faith. Praise the lord, it worked well," says Reagan.
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