Missouri Stocking Rates

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Re: Missouri Stocking Rates

Post by snoopdog » Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:47 pm

I think if you manage for 2.5 acres, you can keep yourself out of trouble in a dry year. Buy some stockers or extra mamas in the good years

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Re: Missouri Stocking Rates

Post by JParrott » Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:41 am

Brushy land and little pasture will be around 3-4 acres per cow with hay 60-90 days in the winter. Cleared pasture with no fertilizer or lime will be around 3 acres per cow. A little seed, fertilizer, and lime you can run 2 acres per cow all year long and keep hay to 45-60 days in the winter - this is what we do. We run between 60-75 head and cut about 35 acres of hay twice a year. Some hay and most of the pasture is MaxQ fescue and other grasses. 20 acres of hay is red clover and lespedeza year around.

Soil is thin - grass grows very well. 43 inches of rain a year. Good cleared land can be had for 2500-3000 per acre if you look hard enough. We lime every 3-5 years and fertilize every year ~ depending on soil test.

There's a place over in Falcon, Missouri called the White Buffalo that I think is for sale but pricey. There's also a chunk of about 640 acres with river bottom land in Eldridge but has a lot of typical hills and woods.

All in all - 2.5/3 acres is a good rate with a decent safety margin.

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