Red Bull Breeder wrote:................... may have to do some free grazing on some places with out of state owners.
Arkieman wrote:Here is Arkansas the drought is on and must assume that it's here to stay. I have started putting out hay this week. I have 15 cows, 12 with calves from 2-5 months old, one due any day and 2 fall calvers. I have about 60 rolls of hay on hand. I feed about 120 rolls during winter w/ spring ryegrass. I've used a couple of 20% tubs but would like to supplement with a more economical feed. Everything is in good condition now, I've started creep feeding the calves w/ 16% pellets ($19/100).
I guess I was looking for some input on strategies on how best to survive. Here's my thinking: With fixed costs of rent, loan pmts, I pretty much have to have around 12-15 cows to make it work. That given, I figure I'll use the hay I have (60 rolls) as best I can to get these calves to weaning. If we get a break in the weather, then I may get a 2nd cutting and it may keep local hay from going through the roof. However, if no break in the weather (no 2nd cutting of hay), then I figure its time to move em all. I've been in for only 5 years, but using some AI, I feel like I've got a pretty nice herd, but I just don't see how to make it feeding what probably will be $45-$60/roll hay starting in June.
Any input would be appreciated.
Caustic Burno wrote:.............. I would really like to know the number's today as I reduced 70% during the drought. Neighbor got down to 50 head on 400 acres...........
Red Bull Breeder wrote:Ouachita it won't hurt them folks feelings if they don't know anything about it. One place has a 150 acres of grass and a good spring. Owners live in Texas. Only here two or three times a year.
Ouachita wrote:Caustic Burno wrote:.............. I would really like to know the number's today as I reduced 70% during the drought. Neighbor got down to 50 head on 400 acres...........
Last week I flew from Mena Arkansas to Conroe Texas (on a small single engine puddle jumper). When I looked down at the places there should be cattle, ther wernt nun.
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