1)Delay the start of breeding season until July 15th.
2)AI the yearling black heifers to a calving ease polled Hereford bull.
3)Combine the fall calving and spring calving herds into one unit.
4)Try some high density, controlled grazing on mature grass stands.
5)Continue quail habitat/grazing trial plot work
6)Focus our long term beef breeding program on 5 frame cattle with easy fleshing characteristics.
7)Raise the money to facilitate the purchase of a newer big round baler capable of baling crop residues, especially cornstalks.
8)Install rip-rap in at least one washed out crossing
9)Convert the syphon watering system on the Ryan pond to a through-the-dam system with a hydrant to allow for year round livestock watering.
10)Continue removing unwanted trees and brush from our pastures, especially honey locust tress and multi-floral rose bushes.
11)Continue to expand our sheep herd using Ile de France breeding stock.
Each of these goals could be a blog topic in themselves and I hope to touch on all of them in later blogs. Email me anytime with your thoughts and questions. Good grazing to you, Bill