Dry Lotting Cow-calf Pairs as an Alternative to Summer Grass – A Producer's Perspective
In this month's BeefWatch Producer Perspective Podcast, Alex Wiese, who is part of a family owned and operated farm near Newman Grove, shares how he has started a cow-calf enterprise as part of his family's operation. In the podcast Alex shares management practices and techniques he is using to dry lot cow-calf pairs through the summer.
Some of the topics discussed include:
- The thought process and transition from grazing summer grass to dry lotting of cow-calf pairs
- Feed resources that are used in the summer dry lotting program
- Practices to encourage good herd health
- How the cow-calf enterprise complements other enterprises in the operation
Research by the University of Nebraska investigating summer dry lotting of cow-calf pairs has shown seasonal dry lotting can be a cost competitive option to traditional production systems. This is especially true in areas of the state where crop residue and ethanol co-products are readily available and summer pasture is limited. The 2015 Dry Lotting and Confinement Cow Series provide videos and information on topics related to management of cow-calf pairs.
The BeefWatch podcast is the audio companion to the monthly BeefWatch newsletter and also features bonus interviews such as the Producer Perspective.