Providing that you don’t have flooded creek bottom pastures, this grazing season looks really good so far. We got started baling excess pasture for hay and got our Teff grass seeded on some acres where we had been grazing wheat. We had intended to bale a lot of wheat hay, but during the rainy weather, it got too mature for hay and will have to be harvested for seed. As soon as we get the wheat cut, we will pump manure and then plant sorghum-sudangrass hybrid.
The wheat acres we grazed out have already been planted to forage sorghum, and we have forced the cows back in on the grass pastures. It seems to me that cows should prefer the lush fescue and bluegrass growing in the pasture, but that’s not the case. Given access to everything on the ranch for forage, cows will walk away from grass and eat the wheat acres clear into the ground. It’s puzzlement to me.
Calving is wrapping up, and we are gearing up to start our first round of vaccinations. The bulls have been fertility tested and spend most of their time pawing dirt and bellowing at each other. Turnout is about a month away, and with all the available forage, the cattle are all in great breeding condition. After being so full all winter, we have sold down at the feedlot and are refilling at a more orderly pace. That has worked out for the best as we have needed every available hand working on getting the corn crop planted and replanted. Hopefully, that’s all behind us.
The ponds and lakes are fuller than I’ve ever seen them, but I’m sure by the end of next week we will be thinking we need a little rain to get all our annual forage seed up and out of the ground. If it was up to us, I wonder what a perfect growing season would look like. Good thing we’re not responsible for the weather. I doubt we could come to agreement.