From The Owner/Operator Of Pine Tree Angus Ranch
“We consider our cattle operation to be a grass based system. We do our best to manage our pastures efficiently and utilize the finite natural resources we have been blessed with in the most reasonable manner. We want to be sustainable, which, to us means having the capacity to endure. We strive to exercise good grazing management to control cost and quality. A system that will optimize the number of days grazing is the most cost effective. A system that maintains quality grass is critical to cattle development.”
“Regarding which chemicals are used on our grass, it's important to note that we only occasionally and sparingly spot treat weeds with chemicals, and when we do, we prevent the cattle from grazing on it. Many of our pastures contain many legumes (clover and vetches) which give added protein value and soil health, so it is in our best interest to not treat the pastures with chemicals because we would lose all the legumes and damage our soil. Also, rotational grazing of the cattle in our Bermuda grass pastures helps the Bermuda grass to thrive, which helps choke out weeds. Moreover, we allow certain pastures to grow both grass and weeds together for use in making hay baleage which, when bagged, undergoes a fermentation process making the hay not only palatable for cattle, but highly advantageous to their protein intake. “
“When we do spot treat the grass to rid the land of harmful weeds (e.g,thistles which are choking hazards to cattle), we do so using CleanAmine. Roundup is also occasionally used around fence rows. Instructions indicate that cattle should not graze on the grass for 3-4 days. However, we prevent grazing for at least 60 days to ensure no chemicals enter the food cycle.”
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