Cattle Management Best Practices

The diverse geography and topography of Texas means that there is no single best solution to managing your cattle herd. Best practices depend soil types, average rainfall, grazing management, and herd size to name a few. Follow our blog to access upcoming and archival articles about best practices for cattle management for your particular region of the state.

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Owning a ranch is hard, but not impossible.

Time, money, and energy are a rancher’s most precious resources; and how you spend them will make all the difference. Successful ranchers are more than willing to go against the grain (literally and figuratively) in order to run a healthy, thriving operation. If you want to learn how to increase your ranch’s profitability and longevity, there’s one truth you have to build your foundation on - Practicality always trumps luxury.

water source in a green pastureBuild Your Ranch From the Ground Up

The richer your soil, the more you can produce and graze on your land. Rotational grazing is a simple way to improve soil health and increase plant diversity. Planting cover

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Water Gap

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The Hows and Whys of Water Gaps

Water gaps are highways for all sorts of things on a ranch: water, fish, and cows? Let's hope not. 

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, and your cows know it. Now that the spring rainy/flash flood season is here, they may be eagerly anticipating the opportunity to stroll downstream, or upstream of your ranch once your water gaps have been washed out. 

Right now is a great time to rid the creek banks, ravines, and washes of any upstream debris that might make the repair or replacement of your water gaps more difficult. This may be a particularly important task given the abundant deadfall and debris resulting from the great

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Preparing Cattle For Spring: A February/March Cattle Management Checklist

 

It's calving season! If your ranch follows most producers' guidelines, preparing cattle for springtime is essential for your herd's wellbeing. Proper calf management is critical to increase herd performance and potential profit. Keeping your cattle on a schedule, doing your research, and maintaining grazing pastures are non-negotiables for healthy, profitable cattle operations. Keep reading to learn how you can implement the best practices for your herds! 

Calving Season Preparation and Recovery:

In February, cattle managers’ main focus should be on calving preparation and recovery. As far as

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Legacy Broker Group is proud to welcome our newest team member, Becca Ann Vizza.

Becca Ann Vizza, Legacy Broker Group

About Becca Ann's Ranching Heritage

As a second generation cattle rancher, Becca has spent the last ten years operating and running a working cattle ranch in the Texas hill country near Sisterdale, Texas. Prior to this, her family’s ranching operations were located in central Oklahoma.

Roots in a Life with Livestock

Becca’s passion for ranching and livestock kept her involved in FFA showing Longhorn cattle and swine, along with serving as a livestock judge during her high school years. Becca remains active showing Longhorn cattle in the Open Division of the Texas Longhorn Association and was a two term national president of the Texas Longhorn Breeders of

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Often you will hear people argue against eating meat based on the treatment of animals and the negative environmental impacts that some companies make while producing their livestock. There has recently been a greater push for purchasing sustainably-sourced products, including beef and other meats, as opposed to vetoing meat entirely.

Here are some reasons as to why you should sustainably raise cattle as well as ways that you can do so within Texas.

What Does it Mean to be Sustainable?

From the definition as determined by natural scientists, to be sustainable means that you are living, or in this case producing, without draining the environment of its natural resources. This means taking steps to reduce waste and keep the ecological damage to

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Cattle behind a fence on Texas ranch

Every landowner uses their property in a unique way. But one thing is the same across the board: proper fencing around your property is paramount.

Whether you raise livestock, tend crops, host game, or simply live on the land, you need to have proper fencing to enclose the property so everyone and every animal stays safe.

This is a short guide that will help you get started on fencing your Texas property:

Selecting the Right Fence

With so many options, it’s hard to know which type of fencing is the best for you. When selecting the right fence, you need to consider several different factors, including its purpose, cost, and upkeep, just to name a few.

Wood Fencing

wooden fence on texas ranchWooden fencing is a traditional choice that is extremely attractive and

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'Beef' magazine has an article with sound cattle ranching advice that we wanted to share with you.

If you are thinking of owning cattle, these are three ratios that you should think about to improve efficiency and profits.

Though this article will have an overview of these ratios and a few things to consider, be sure to check out the full article here. Also, be sure to check out the 'Related Links' at the bottom of this page for more information about improving grazing practices.

Land Efficiency: Acres per Cow

Land costs money. So the first way to improve your ranch's profitability is to reduce the number of acres used per cow.

There are two ways to reduce your acre to cow ratio and to economically improve your production. The first is

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