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Livestock at the Kerr Center

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Overview of cattle operations on the Kerr ranch near Poteau, OK: management intensive grazing, water, soils, breeds

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Livestock at the Kerr Center

  1. 1. Cattle are an important part of the ecology..
  2. 2. …of the Kerr Ranch.
  3. 3. Around the ranch, cattle graze.
  4. 4. Livestock are moved from pasture...
  5. 5. ...to pasture regularly...
  6. 6. …to balance cattle numbers with available forage.
  7. 7. Most pastures are grazed only twice per year.
  8. 8. Temporary electric fencing subdivides pastures...
  9. 9. ...to increase stocking rate and adjust for animal needs and seasonal conditions.
  10. 10. Gravity-flow water lines carry water from ponds...
  11. 11. ...to cattle in pastures...
  12. 12. ...and distributing manure nutrients more evenly in pasture soils. ...letting them make better use of forage...
  13. 13. Many water tanks on the ranch are made from old tractor tires.
  14. 14. Clusters of trees in pastures - “living barns” - provide shade during hot weather.
  15. 15. We feed as little hay as possible...
  16. 16. ...but filling the barn when the grass grows...
  17. 17. ...is still good insurance against cold winters and prolonged droughts.
  18. 18. Crossing Angus cattle...
  19. 19. ...to Gelbvieh bulls improves heat tolerance.
  20. 20. Healthy animals and pastures...
  21. 21. ...are what we aim for on the Kerr Ranch!

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