2nd Quarter 2013 Herd Update
As we roll into what is supposed to be our “wet season” we look around and hope the “high and dry” times get here soon! We have had record rainfall in the past couple of months and a Tropical Storm or a Hurricane would bring us to above sea level it feels like. Here at the ranch we have just finished loading our spring bred calves out and have weaned our replacement heifers for this year. The rain is good for the grass and it is certainly growing, but too much rain will cause wet feet which leads to foot rot and mosquitoes. When the mosquitoes get bad, cattle ring and twist and their nervous systems kick into overdrive causing them to lose weight. When body conditions go down, so does everything else. You have the potential to increase feed costs, medicine and labor. But most critically, you can lose a birth or conception of a calf. When cows are nervous and out of their comfort zone, like humans, they do not function in the right way. We try to keep them as comfortable as possible and on high ground as best we can. We save our higher pastures for the wet season and graze our lower pastures during the cooler drier seasons. This keeps feet dry during the summer and the chilly wind off of them during the winter.
The market has been steady and in our favor. We still have our fall calves to ship which is historically around September/October, but if we should receive massive amounts of rain, there might be the possibility of an early sale. Have a great summer and stay dry.
Cattle and Lease Manager
SMR Farms, LLC