Pasture Monitoring 2013 – Troublesome Creek Cattle Co.
Livestock farmers who manage animals on pasture face the challenge and opportunity of improving profitability and productivity on what is often a fixed land area. The Schmidts run 30 cows on their farm, which includes 75 acres pasture. Schmidts monitored activity daily on their pastures including: seeding, grazing and haying. Animal performance, pasture performance and economics are reported here. Next, Schmidts hope to experiment with seeding warm-season annuals to supplement pasture production during the summer slump, and will continue taking records on their pastures’ diversity, carrying capacity, and economics