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Cattle

The Kerr Center’s beef cattle program has these goals:

  • balance production level with production cost
  • forage-based: grazing management maintains soil fertility and promotes plant diversity
  • training the next generation of ranchers

1st principle of sustainability: create and conserve healthy soils

“Grass farmer plan”: high-density rotational grazing fosters health from the ground up:

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Many animals for a short time in a small area

Benefits:

  • soil: concentrates animal manure/urine for fertility; reduces compaction
  • plants: keeps plants vegetative and growing; increases diversity; reduces weeds
  • animals: fresh and nutritious forages; reduced parasites
  • rancher: reduces costs; increases profits

Learn About…

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Adapted Breeds

The constant quest for an animal optimally suited to its environment.  Learn more

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Fence

Permanent or temporary?  Electric or non-?  Mesh or barbed?  Which is best for which animals and situations?  Learn more

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Animal Health

A whole-farm approach to thriving livestock.  Learn more

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Pasture/Grazing

Healthy soils, healthy forages – warm-season and cool.  Haying vs. grazing.  The keys to management intensive grazing.  Learn more

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Watering

Watering system design; gravity flow from ponds; tractor-tire water tanks.  Learn more

Cattle Publications

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