WHAT'S LOOKING GOOD IN AUGUST 2019


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Meadowlark

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Anyone that ranches knows that its mainly about growing the best nutritious grass that the cows can then turn into quality beef. This year we had excellent rains here in East Texas and averaged 6 rolls to the acre of quality hay.

After the rains this year, this bottom-land only needs the Texas sun to produce high protein quality hay.


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the lawnsman

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Anyone that ranches knows that its mainly about growing the best nutritious grass that the cows can then turn into quality beef. This year we had excellent rains here in East Texas and averaged 6 rolls to the acre of quality hay.

After the rains this year, this bottom-land only needs the Texas sun to produce high protein quality hay.


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that's a peaceful panorama, but I know it takes hard work to make it look like that!

what grass or grasses are used to achieve a quality finished hay?

alfalfa and clover were what we had on the farm here in ohio, but Texas might be different?

really nice pic.
 

Meadowlark

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that's a peaceful panorama, but I know it takes hard work to make it look like that!

what grass or grasses are used to achieve a quality finished hay?
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Thanks. In East Texas, we use a lot of Bermuda and Bahia grasses. That field is Pensacola Bahia. It is bottom-land and gets creek overflow two or three times a year and so it is all natural fertilization. It produces so much hay, I only cut it once a year and that coupled with no grazing and overflows completely eliminates the need for any artificial chemicals.
 

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Thanks. In East Texas, we use a lot of Bermuda and Bahia grasses. That field is Pensacola Bahia. It is bottom-land and gets creek overflow two or three times a year and so it is all natural fertilization. It produces so much hay, I only cut it once a year and that coupled with no grazing and overflows completely eliminates the need for any artificial chemicals.
nice.
so the big bales get moved offsite for storage?
 

Meadowlark

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Yes, I just moved them up close to the house and near where they will be fed to the cows this winter. We sell enough to make my effective cost for the hay to be "0".

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Yes, I just moved them up close to the house and near where they will be fed to the cows this winter. We sell enough to make my effective cost for the hay to be "0".

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nice, like that old texas barn!
how many head do you run, cow/calf operation or more a gentleman rancher spread?
 

Meadowlark

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Yes, LOL, that old barn is at least 70 years old that we know of and has survived 2 hurricanes that produced near 100 mph winds even here located 100 miles from the coast of Texas.

We have about 25 head of cows and sell off the calves every September. I really enjoy ranching about as much as gardening...both involve growing things in the soil you build.
 
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