Wednesday, November 15, 2006 - 9:30 AM
Using Electronic Aids in Pasture Management Decisions.
Joseph L. Moyer
, John O. Fritz, and Sarah L. Fogleman. Kansas State University, Southeast Agricultural Research Center, PO Box 316, Parsons, KS 67357
Management decisions for forage-beef cattle production are complex, but computer-based decision aids such as KansasGrazer
can be used in evaluating alternatives. Establishment of a bermudagrass stand from seed or sprigs was compared for hay or grazing at two locations in eastern
for which varietal data were available. Using cost-return analysis, it was projected that for hay production at
, the seeded variety, ‘Wrangler’, produced better return than ‘Midland 99’, the best sprigged variety, when hay sold for less than $85 per ton. As hay price increased, however, returns from Midland 99 increased relative to those from Wrangler. At
, ‘Ozark’, a sprigged variety, produced better return than Wrangler at hay prices above $74 per ton. Stocker heifers grazing Midland 99 at
carried a simulated average 3.24 heifers per acre, compared with 2.16 for Wrangler, resulting in a net loss of $3.62 per acre for Midland 99 and a positive return of $9.81 for Wrangler. At
, 2.2 head per acre carried by Ozark compared to 1.34 for Wrangler resulted in a net loss of $12.97 per acre for Wrangler compared to a positive return of $3.07 for Ozark. A combination of grazing and hay production could improve profitability of any of the bermudagrass varieties.
Pastures and Grazing Systems
C06 Forage and Grazinglands
The ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meetings (November 12-16, 2006)