|Display name||Kit Pharo|
|Member since||August 17, 2020|
July 3, 2021
It depends... The calves that have been weaned by their mothers can stay with the herd. Those that have not been weaned could go back to nursing if not given enough time away from the herd.
March 31, 2021
Kevin, the deer in the southeast are considerably smaller than the deer in Wyoming and Montana. If left up to Mother Nature, the cows would be smaller and less thick in the southeast than they are in the arid west.
February 26, 2020
I'm sure that can be a problem. In an extremely low input (no-input) program, it is almost impossible for anything to cycle before green grass is available. Do you feed hay and/or protein supplement?
February 3, 2020
Peter, the increase in fertility and conception applies to the heifer calves that were allowed to stay with their mothers for 10 months. They have much greater rumen efficiency than heifers weaned earlier. The right kind of cows are not negatively affected by late weaning. The right kind of cows are low-maintenance cows with low milk production. We do not grow calves on milk. We grow calves on grass and supplement the grass with milk. The right kind of cow will reduce milk production and eventually wean her calf. As Tim said in the article, this will not work with mainstream cattle -- without heavy levels of supplementation.
January 31, 2020
David is right... It is possible to select grass-efficient cattle by phenotype. Grass-efficient cattle will be the direct opposite of what the status quo beef industry calls feed-efficient cattle. Cattle that perform best in a traditional feed-efficiency test (GrowSafe, etc.) will be tall, lean and late maturing. Grass-efficient cattle will be short, thick, easy fleshing and early maturing.
Johan Zietsman once said, “Grass-efficient animals look like eight pounds of sugar in a 5-pound sack.” We believe that is an accurate analogy. They are short and heavy. We provide a grass-efficiency score for all of the bulls we sell.
January 1, 2020
It depends... Most of today's cattle in all breeds are tall, lean and late-maturing. If you mate the right kind of cattle from two different breeds, you will get some hybrid vigor kick. Finding the right kind of cattle is easier said than done.
December 29, 2019
Kable, the FIRST thing would be to STOP trying to increase production and profit per animal -- and START focusing on production and profit per acre. Apparently this is much easier said than done. The status quo beef industry has been focused almost exclusively on increasing production and profit per animal for the last 40 years. That will NEVER work! Those who are focused on increasing production and profit per acre are at least two times more profitable than their neighbors. As time goes on, they will be three to four times more profitable than their neighbors.
October 24, 2019
Addison, according to our records you live in Virginia. I assume your primary forage is endophyte-infected fescue. We have five cowherds on fescue in Missouri. We have a Missouri Bull Sale every April. Those bulls were born, raised and developed on endophyte-infected fescue. Also, according to our records, you unsubscribed from our newsletters and weekly emails in June of 2018.
October 17, 2019
Doug, we have been selling 900 to 1000 bulls every year. I estimate 10 to 20 percent of PCC-sired calves go into grass finishing programs. We can hit those carcass weights on grass alone in 21 to 22 months. It takes less time in a feedlot. The remaining 80 to 90 percent of the PCC-sired calves go through the traditional livestock auctions, feedlots and packing plants. That is several thousand calves every year. Since we have a very high rate of repeat customers, I have to assume that no one is being heavily discounted. It is all about YOUR bottom line and net profit.
March 20, 2019
Dan, as stated in the article above, our 3 and 4-frame cows have a mature weight of 1100 to 1250 pounds. Their calves will finish (grade choice) at 1250 pounds on grass -- bigger in the feedlot. Most of our customers stopped worrying about making the feedlots and the packers more profitable. They focus on making their own business more profitable, enjoyable and sustainable.
March 18, 2019
Kathy, this program will be "All Natural."
August 8, 2018