Investing in Improved Pastures

By: Joe Brown
By: Joe Brown

“We came in about 15 years ago, sub-soiled , tilled this up the best we could, probably down to 12 or 15 inches deep and planted Jiggs, which is an improved Bermuda that has the longer root systems to get down there to where they can find some moisture during these dry seasons.”

Bill Thomas experimented a little before selecting a grass to plant.

“When I first started this I invested in 4 and 5 acre nursery plots and decided and watched it for myself and in our operation what worked well.

After 15 years of constant grazing Thomas decided it was time for some renovation.

“In August we came in here with a 3 point sub-soiler that will actually go down and rip the soil down to about 15 inches and we cross-hatched it, we ran in one direction and came back and did a 90 degree on it.”

“And with the fall rains, if you will notice now, the ground cover is nearly completely back in this short period of time, and our cattle are spending a lot of time up here in the evenings grazing this new growth.”

Thomas is quick to point out that every operation must decide what works best for them.

“Well, you’ve got this land here that’s half productive, do you want, are you happy with it being half productive, or do you want to really, you know, spend 3 or 4 years getting your money back and bring your production up?”

For Bill Thomas, more grass means more beef, and that hopefully means more money in his pocket. I’m Joe Brown, tracing the journey our food makes from the farm to our tables, From the Ground Up.


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