Noble's Texoma Cattlemen's Conference Offers Producers the Latest Info on Performance EfficiencyFri, 15 Jun 2018 12:30:48 CDT
At the Texoma Cattlemen’s Conference hosted by The Noble Research Institute in Ardmore this Friday, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director and moderator of the conference Ron Hays, caught up with Billy Cook, head of Noble’s Agriculture Division. For several years now, Cook has spearheaded the planning of this conference to offer cattlemen from across the region that attend the most up-to-date information based on the work and research being conducted there at Noble. Cook says this has been an ever-evolving process to ensure producers who make the trip get the most out of their visit. Listen to their complete interview, by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
“We’ve really tried to focus on real deliverables for the producer and one of the things we added this year to maybe enhance that to some degree is a tour the day before this conference,” Cook said. “We spent most of the day with probably 120 people showing them some of the research we’re doing - some of the management we’re implementing and trying to understand better what their needs are so we can align some our projects to meet their needs.”
For instance, Noble has for some time now been heavily involved with technology that attempts to measure cattle’s performance in the pasture, using some really unique tools to accomplish that. According to Cook, the Institute has an eight-year relationship with GrowSafe Systems, a Calgary-based technology company that has collaborated with researchers at Noble to develop a better understanding of an animal’s body weight and the correlation to actual daily intake. Using that experienced gained in these trials, Cook says his team has tried to enhance the technology and apply it to forage based situations in the pasture.
“When you look at the whole concept of forage efficiency, it probably lets you do a couple of things,” he said. “One is, if I have 100 cattle and 10 percent are more efficient than what I had in the past… then maybe I can run 10 percent more cattle on the same acreage.”
The other thing, says Cook, is that forage resources are always impacted by so many variables that affect how producers should manage them. The more we understand them, he says, the better we can utilize them and thusly, return more dollars back to the producer’s hand. Cook described what his vision is at the end of the day for this type of research and how it can be applied to improve a producer’s operation.
“I think my vision would be to accurately understand the interplay between our soils and how that’s directly impacting the forages we’re producing,” he said, “and then how we efficiently use those with our animals for the long-term economic good of the producer as well as the long-term ecological benefit of that system.”
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