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Couple things om grass production 03/25/2011 @ 7:49pm In much of the usa one can increase tocking rates of cows simply by calfing later. ( talking Midwest, some Mountain areas etc.. ) Calf em in May and June, and wean calves early say end of Sept or 1st part of Oct. They calf easier then, more live calves, and frees up TONS of feed. What it amounts to, is the folks who calf early in the Spring are feeding a P 3 ( 3rd trimester PG ) cow in the dead of winter when nutrient requirements are high ( 70% of the calf formation is in the P 3 stage ). One can winter a P1 thru P 2 cow for darn near nothing compared to P 3 cow feed rquirements. Also by early weaning the calves...that relieves nutrient requirements off the cow. One can feed 3 short weaned calves for what one cow eats. Jumble all the afore and one can increase cow numbers right at 25% on the same feed base and sell 25% more calves that are BIGGER too. Also, supping 5 lbs of ddgs per head per day on grass basically doubles the carrying capacity of all pastures when running 400 to 500 lb calves over the summer ( and they gain 1+ lb per head per day more too ). 25 to btw, supping the later calfing ( May June calfers ) cows with 7 lbs ddgs per day almost double the cow carrying capacities of their pastures too. Just some ideas. With current cattle prices folks might be farther ahead to simply run less cattle and keep selling fewer but bigger calves and backgrounded cattle for higher and higher prices too. Keep in mind in usa agri..increasing production generally wrecks prosperity. There's no real reason now will play any differently.

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