Can ultra-high stock density make 10x stocking rate?

Alan Newport, Editor, Beef Producer

October 23, 2016

1 Min Read
Can ultra-high stock density make 10x stocking rate?

It’s common question for beef producers to ask why people would move cattle to fresh pasture every day or even more frequently.

The answer is first and foremost for profitability.

Yet many things happen under ultra-high-stock-density grazing which lead to this increase in profits.

One of these -- higher forage harvest efficiency and more weed and brush consumption -- was noted in the summer of 2015 by Oklahoma rancher Kim Barker when he had a ranch intern moving cattle on a lease property near the little town of Cleo Springs. The ranch lies right along the Cimarron River and is mostly very sandy ground, with some nice bottom land and a lot of upland sand hills. These, in particular, are very brushy and weedy.

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About the Author(s)

Alan Newport

Editor, Beef Producer

Alan Newport is editor of Beef Producer, a national magazine with editorial content specifically targeted at beef production for Farm Progress’s 17 state and regional farm publications. Beef Producer appears as an insert in these magazines for readers with 50 head or more of beef cattle. Newport lives in north-central Oklahoma and travels the U.S. to meet producers and to chase down the latest and best information about the beef industry.

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