Shepherd note: Jan 09, 2017

We were able to get through parts of Petaluma SMI with both the smaller dairy heard weighing about 50,000 pounds and for a few days had the whole Dairy and Beef heard at about 210,000 pounds. We would have like to have them at the ranch longer, but  we needed to get out ahead of the storms that came in early January. Either way it was good to get a winter graze in at Petaluma. It churned in a good deal of the residual from last year in places which I think was a good thing. It would have been better to get over more ground with the herd, but something is better then nothing. Looking forward to bring them back from hilltop in April/May.

Shepherd note: Dec 08, 2016

Getting ready to receive cattle in a week. The weather has turned much colder and steady rains are here. The grass growth we saw in October and November has seemed to slow down to a halt. However there is a lot more vegetative plant material this year then the same time last year. It will be interesting to see how many Animal Days the cattle get out of the Grass this year with the additional material. Curious if the additional material will improve performance and keep the supply about the same as last year, or if they will actually fill up and have more total animal says overall.

Shepherd note: Jul 09, 2014

Byron: Cattle have been a little over two weeks. They are going through the forage about 50% slower than we predicted. They have spent the last week in unit F and now in Unit 1 heading north east around the boundary of the property. They seem to be healthy, but they have lost their shiny look. They might be maintaining weight, but I can’t imagine they are gaining. They are handling well and drive away from you nicely and calmly. Nate has been seeding around the water tanks with various native seed mixes. The weather last week was very hot, but this week it has cooled off with fog and haze to ease the heat. The cattle are drinking a lot upwards of 1250 gallons on a hot day, but more like 750 on cool days for 133,000 pounds of cattle. Having the Mondays where Nate and I work together to set up the unit infrastructure and break down last weeks unit infrastructure has been great. Using a vehicle to set up the fencing has made things a lot faster. I am really looking forward to using an ATV with a giant bobbin to get more fencning out in the future. We are going to start making bigger paddocks and walking the cattle over the forage more in order to improve performance.

 

Shepherd note: Jul 09, 2014

Cattle have been a little over two weeks. They are going through the forage about 50% slower than we predicted. They have spent the last week in unit F and now in Unit 1 heading north east around the boundary of the property. They seem to be healthy, but they have lost their shiny look. They might be maintaining weight, but I can’t imagine they are gaining. They are handling well and drive away from you nicely and calmly. Nate has been seeding around the water tanks with various native seed mixes. The weather last week was very hot, but this week it has cooled off with fog and haze to ease the heat. The cattle are drinking a lot upwards of 1250 gallons on a hot day, but more like 750 on cool days for 133,000 pounds of cattle. Having the Mondays where Nate and I work together to set up the unit infrastructure and break down last weeks unit infrastructure has been great. Using a vehicle to set up the fencing has made things a lot faster. I am really looking forward to using an ATV with a giant bobbin to get more fencning out in the future. We are going to start making bigger paddocks and walking the cattle over the forage more in order to improve performance.