Pasture and Cattle Conditions

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

“They looked very damaged at the beginning of the spring, but with all the rain we’ve had, I think they’ve pretty well caught up.”

Many ranchers had to began feeding their cattle about this time last year, as opposed to after the first frost.

“This grass last year at this time was about 4 inches tall, and there wasn’t hardly any here. Now it’s just thick, and actually would make hay, and the cattle have been running in this trap all year.”

Long time rancher W.C. Scasta says you can tell we’ve had a lot of rainfall this year by simply looking at local cattle.

“Most all of the cattle are just in top shape, have plenty of flesh on them. They ought to calve out and have a good calf crop on them, most all of the breeding cattle. They’re plenty fleshy to go into winter.”

“It’s a big change that can be made with the right amount of rainfall.”

The ten-year run of a strong cow/calf market is unprecedented.

“The calf prices have held up well. We’ve realized good money for our calves that we sell, course everything else has went up, and that makes a difference too.”

“But we can’t complain about the market, no sir.”

And, optimism just seems to be part of the cloth an agricultural producer is cut from.

“If you stop and think about the acreage that’s been taken out of these pastures, and put into development and other things, and the amount of people in this United States, I feel like we’ll have a market that’ll be pretty stable from here on. I hope so anyway.”

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