Oh, yeah! Another drought year for us too.
My favorite cowgirl and I headed down to our pasture ground last Sunday to search for grass. Nebraska has been moisture deficient since early last summer and, in particular, the drought has greatly hurt the 23 millions acres of grass pasture that makes up more than half of Nebraska’s land mass.
While the vast majority of our land is crop ground, we do have approximately 600 acres of cool season grass pasture in the Platte River Valley. Typically, we graze cattle on this land from April to Mid-June, and then again from August to October. I purchase “light yearlings” or “fall calves” that weigh 600-650# to graze on this land.
We grow these animals on grass pasture until they weigh approximately 800#. At that time (or at the time that all of the grass is eaten), we bring them into the feed yard to prepare them for harvest.
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