Out-Wintering of Cattle

Out-Wintering of Cattle

Adam came out here and I’ve never seen a
guy so excited about how many medow larks and Bobolinks he’s seen and he didn’t he
didn’t how do you do this and I said well I I give them a home and that’s
that’s what it’s about for us farming the hole where we’re creating a home for
everything and every living thing in our opinion has a purpose in this life and
that’s what we really that’s what will never go back is where when you farm
you’re plowing the soil and tilling the soil and always having bare soil
you ain’t creating a home for everything every little bird and creature has a
purpose in this system and we’re just mimicking the big birds of bison and elk
and everything that’s all we’re really doing when we talk about wintering and Beltre
is we’re not talking about not giving your animal shelter I think of it as
more of a choice if you’ve got the bales on in the field and they’ve got the
windbreak back here let them go out there keep the manure out there keep
your on out there that’s stuff that you don’t have to spread you don’t have to
manage the cows it was an all for you muster eating and if you’ve set it up
right with a water system everyone’s nervous about water
you know calcium walks across competing for water without any issue whatsoever
they can go further but typically we’re looking at 80 acres as a bunch bars I’ve
been telling people on water and all of these animals they’re out there they’re
not wandering they are staying warm through metabolizing food so when you do
all learn you want to put me you want to have enough water in those but you also
want to make sure that it’s not so good that they’re losing weight as well and
that type of feed also will make them eat it if you give them strong you’re
gonna be dealing with a lot of waste in the springtime the one thing that you
don’t get when you put those towels on a lot is this year so now we planned this
up we’ve got the grass up there we’ve got the hay up there you’re given or
you’re getting the urine and because we’ve taken a look at what we call
resource concerns we’re not losing them or we’re not losing that urine as long
as you keep it off there that’s real benefit to you as a producer
next year so we start talking about your biggest cost of what our winter feed
costs and also death luck we’ve already impacted your winter feed cost as part
of that winter feet tucked is falling within the door getting the neuro up
they’re suing the feed we can cut that down drastically we’re not talking about
hundreds were talking about thousands of dollars that was two years ago but that
Timothy they’re just all’s my shoulders now there’s another to feel down in the
bottom flat tier just that we grazed we um been ever putting any fertilizer
on any that was just grazed on the two winners two summers ago two summers old
we came in we grazed that field right away in the spring braised it weighed it
we cut it that he was that tall and thick let it we graze other places cut
it a second time those two cuttings and then
came back in September or October raise that field again so I grazed it twice
cut it twice and I had so many people what are you gonna do with all that hey
I’ll buy that hay off for you we had 7.2 ton per acre on that hay and
it wasn’t bad hay because like I said we got elfelfa clovers and we cut it the
way my dad used to cut it back when I was knee-high to a grasshopper um we let
that elfelfa get into the blossom stage we don’t want it pre bug stage we want
it and it’s just going into that blossom stage because we do have bees and we
want them bees when all our pollinators it’s not just our honeybees to get that
pile and we want it in that blossom stage we don’t we don’t have to put any
um fillers or any straw with them cattle to feed them just we we don’t want them
loose in the wintertime we want they’re mannered we don’t want that feed just
running right through them salt that’s raising it getting all that manure
nutrients in there mob grazing it we we have so a lot of good hay and plenty of
it you don’t have much waste if quality people like looking at what Richards got
here and if you take a fork and come through here Richard what do you what
what’s this gonna look like at the end of May beginning of June
once it gets nice out here we start will bring those chicken tractor up in here
and they’ll start scratching this all all all this here these bales here we’re
actually from two years ago so there’s a little bit on the bottom it’s cold this
thing you wouldn’t have to work out but all I just run the no-till planter in
here that in where we were getting into rain and then freeze that night and they
got it bumped up there’s more muck holes we might take the stretcher and scratch
it up and then run the planner through just hoist
smoother now this is the thing that I’ve seen a lot and there’s no formula
there’s just experience 25 to 30 foot spacings with these round bells what
that does it allows you to put the beater around the round bell it allows a
cow to be out there you have her butt sticking out and then the other cow’s
butt sticking out and there’s plenty of room for another cow to walk through
there the other thing that happens too if you go much further than that
you start to get areas where you don’t get manure coverage look at what we’ve
done here look at what Richard’s done here we have gotten a lot of manure here
and we’re strategic about he’s being very strategic about how he’s doing this
this is gonna be moved to next year the nutrient management the soil health
benefits the Platt benefits this is this is a really big deal and what’s fun
about this is so you’re gonna probably lose a little production inmate maybe
depending on the year but this if you come here in August this is going to be
the greenest field on his property and for the next seven eight years this
field is going to be producing at a very high rate with nothing but thinking
about how you managed it so there’s some really cool things too about all wearing
versus buying hey I worked with an extension agent and we did some
backwards math and basically if you come buy hay for less than $100 a ton you
can’t afford not to because the n P and K is worth it for you to put out here so
if you push it a little bit or if you buy a little bit of hay don’t think of
it as lost unless you’re just feeding it on one pile and letting it sit there if
you’re feeding it on one pound links it there you’re not getting that nutrient
without hauling it out there but if you put it out there now the cows are
spreading it they’re eating they’re doing all the work for you with very
little input so now we’ve looked at the winter spreading Maps so we know that
we’re in a safe area for winter spreading but what you didn’t see too is
part of the grazing plan that I helped and we looked at with Richard we’ve got
a two to three hundred foot grass buffer that were staying away from so what
Richard Blum with the nutrient management here is way less
more than what it like not only do we have all that soil and the organic
matter that we were talking about before but we’re keeping that buffer that
undisturbed area we’re not putting any any licenses when you’re rickards not
putting any nutrients or putting any fails in a little sensitive area but in
addition to that he’s got that wider buffer there to really protect those and
there’s a lot to be said for the walk water clause that you get out of that

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