Stockpiling forage in the pasture ahead of hay in the barn is standard practice on the Kerr Ranch, but getting the most out of that grass is like a never-ending chess game, with cattle as pawns and the weather as a wily opponent.
“We could have 2,000 lbs. per acre of stockpiled forage. How do we use it? How do we get the most benefit from it?” asks Kerr Center Cattle Manager Will Lathrop.
For the past two years, Lathrop has been conducting a grazing study to find out. On Saturday, October 10, he’ll share results during the Kerr Center’s Fall Grazing Management Workshop on the historic Kerr Ranch near Poteau, Oklahoma.
Lathrop and other Kerr Center livestock staff will lead this combined classroom/field workshop. In addition to the grazing study, with its focus on forage stockpiling and utilization, it will cover a range of other topics, including grazing management and forage measurement. All fit within the framework of the center’s holistic approach to cattle management.
Advance registration is due by October 2. Early registration is encouraged, as space is limited. Registration costs $20 ($10 for each additional family member), and includes lunch and snacks. (Refunds are available for cancellations made by the due date.)
In the 1950s, Sen. Robert S. Kerr established the Kerrmac Ranch, which became well-known for its prize Angus breeding stock. President John F. Kennedy even visited the ranch and inspected the senator’s prize bulls when he came to Oklahoma to dedicate a highway in 1961.
Ever since then, the ranch has been used for beef cattle production, and since 1965, for research and demonstrations to help ranches in Oklahoma and the region become more profitable and sustainable.