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Staying in the Cattle Business- A Tough Chore to Accomplish in Today's Environment

Sun, 10 Aug 2008 15:23:43 CDT

Staying in the Cattle Business- A Tough Chore to Accomplish in Today's Environment It was another successful year for the Southern Plains Beef Symposium held in Ardmore on Saturday, August 9. Our coverage from that meeting is a service of Hudson Livestock Supplements.

Yates Adcock of the Middle Creek Ranch in Dustin, Oklahoma told those attending the 2008 Southern Plains Beef Symposium that the playing field has changed in the ranch business- that the management style of throwing more fertilizer on a field, heavy up on your spraying for weeds and then trying to run more cows per acre is not the most efficient or profitable way to run a ranch.

He pointed out that the cost of fertilizer has risen to the point where it's hard to justify that cost on the introduced pastures like bermuda grass. A key number that he measures by is the cost per head per year- and he adds that they have a new set of data that shows that spring calving cows may be much more economical to run on a ranch in this part of the world versus a fall calving cow. One year of data they have collected suggests a hundred dollar difference in the cost between the spring calving mama cow versus the fall calving mama cow. Bottom line, according to Yates, you have to know where you are in your ranching operation- and the only way to accomplish that is with the right records.

We talked with Yates after his presentation- that conversation is available below.


   
    

 

Ron Hays talks with Yates Adcock of the Middle Creek Ranch.
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