Posted 01-24-2005 at 14:22:42
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I am in South AL near the Florida line.
Florida is a big beef producer. Now we don't finish cattle here. No grain to speak of. Of course we raise a lot of broilers but all the grain is brought in on trains with very little local grain purchased.
Our advantage for cow/calf operations is that we can use a fall calving season. We plant winter anuals such as rye and graze through the winter. Then our calves are ready to go to the feedlots at a time of year that they are needing calves (colder climates can't do the fall calving so there are a glut of spring calves.)
Calves are also backgrounded here on winter grazing as well as summer grazing on bermuda or bahaia.
Forages production here can allow 1 cow/calf pair for every 1.5-2 acres. Can't do that out west where they filmed the cowboy movies.