Tools & Technologies
Rotational Grazing Programs Can Help Drive Profitability
Rotational grazing methods can significantly lower input costs and improve profitability. This article by Beef Magazine provides a case study of the potential benefits. On a ranch southeast of Waco, Texas, the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service is conducting a 10-year study of conventional grazing vs planned grazing with multi-species cover cropping. After five years of the study, results indicate the planned grazing portion of the ranch is significantly more profitable than conventional grazing. Despite reducing the herd size of the planned grazing portion of the ranch by 40%, researchers obtained a $4.16 profit per acre, while the traditional portion of the ranch lost $0.28 per acre. Read full article.
Rotational Grazing Planning Tool
Planning a rotational grazing program depends on many variables and can quickly become complex. PastureMap is a software program that simplifies the process of planning grazing rotations to maximize profit. Read full article
Live cattle markets pushed into a 3-month high at the end of last week, and the trend is continuing this week. In-line with historical seasonality, market data is indicating a slight tightening of market ready live cattle supplies. The slight reduction in supply combined with the reduced weight gain during the cold, sloppy weather is helping to push the LC market higher. Read full article
News & Research
Colder & Wetter than Average Winter Expected in Most Regions
Many regions of the US experienced a wet summer and early fall, but what’s in store for the winter? That depends on who you ask. Many meteorologists recommend not trusting weather predictions outside of about 10 days because long-term forecasts may be wildly inaccurate for a narrowly defined periods of time. However, research indicates forecasters can identify general trends. Winter forecasts from Accuweather and Farmer’s Almanac generally agree this winter will be wetter and slightly colder than normal in most regions. Read the articles from each agency for a more detailed forecast of your region.