Multiple-pasture system promotes savings

Pat Kopecki

Wilson County News

Ranchers, like farmers in the state, are contending with the ever-increasing cost of fertilizer and fuel. They are being challenged to find ways to decrease costs to make a profit. One forage management scientist suggests the use of a three-pasture system to reduce winter feeding period.

Ranchers feed hay and provide supplemental feed during the winter months and times of drought. The AgriLife Research and Extension scientists, who identified that Texas is the largest cow-calf producer state in the nation, estimate ranchers’ total costs are less dependent on purchased feed costs than any other production costs. However, feed production may include costs of cutting and baling hay and fertilizing pastures.

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