MORE ABOUT OUR PROGRAM
FIRST WE ARE IN THE REGISTERED BLACK ANGUS BUSINESS.  WE ARE DEVELOPING
AN ANIMAL THAT THE COMMERCIAL RANCHER CAN MAKE A PROFIT WITH. THERE
ARE SEVERAL ASPECTS OF RANCHING THAT YOU MUST ADDRESS TO DO THIS.

GENETICS:
                1) YOU MUST START WITH THE RIGHT COW SIZE.
IN ARKANSAS WE JUST CAN NOT PRODUCE A PROFITABLE CALF FROM A 1400 LB.
COW.  HOW SMALL IS THE RIGHT SIZE ?  AS SMALL AS POSSIBLE AND STILL HAVE A
MARKETABLE CALF.  OUR AVERAGE COW WEIGHS 1138 LBS, WHEN SHE IS WEANING
HER CALF AT 205 DAYS OF AGE.

                2) YOU MUST HAVE AN EFFICIENT COW:  A COW THAT WILL WEAN IN
EXCESS OF 50% OF HER BODY WEIGHT IN 205 DAYS. WE SHOOT FOR A COW
EFFICIENCY OF 60%. OUR CALVES FROM OUR MATURE COWS WILL AVERAGE 633 LBS
FOR A 56% EFFICIENCY.

                 3)  A FEED EFFICIENT COW:  A COW THAT CAN RAISE THIS CALF WITH
WHAT OUR PASTURES WILL PRODUCE WITH ONLY SUPPLEMENTAL MINERALS.  NO
CREEP FEED, ONLY GRASS !

                  4)  THE BULL AND COW SELECTION MUST PRODUCE A LIVE CALF: A      
DEAD CALF AT BIRTH DOES NOT WEIGH UP MUCH ON SALE DAY.

LOW INPUT:

                  1) WE FEED NO HAY TO OUR COWS--click here for pictures

                  2)  WE DO NOT FERTILIZE OUR PASTURES

                  3)  WE DO NOT FEED ANY SUPPLEMENTAL PROTEIN TO OUR COWS          
AND ONLY A MINIMUM TO OUR BULLS AT WEANING


PASTURE MANAGEMENT:

                  1)  WHILE WE WOULD LIKE TO ROTATIONAL GRAZE, AT THE PRESENT  
WE ARE JUST ROTATING OUR PASTURES SEASONALLY.  UPDATE: WITH THE
INSTALLATION OF SOME NEW DRINKERS AND ELECTRIC FENCING IN 2013 WE ARE
MOVING IN THE DIRECTION OF A FULLY ROTATIONAL GRAZING SYSTEM.

                    2)  WE ARE CONTINUING TO INCREASE THE DISTRIBUTION OF LEGUMES
IN OUR PASTURES TO FIX NITROGEN BACK IN THE SOIL IN A SUSTAINABLE WAY.

                      3)  SPRAYING AS NEEDED TO CONTROL UNDESIRABLE PLANTS
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