Tag Archives: sustainable farming

Improving Pastures Improves Efficiency, Profitability, and Sustainability

The lease that hasn't been mechanically reseeded in over 45 years.

Efficiency is the key. The more efficiently resources are used, the more profitable an operation becomes, the more it is sustainable. One of the easiest ways to increase efficiency is to improve pastures. Interseeding legumes has penciled to be one of the best investments an operation can make, in my experience. The hardest part of this, for us, has been… Read more »

Sustainable Beef For Sustainable Business

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Sustainable and sustainable farming have become buzz words for agriculture. Let’s get some terminology down: Cow Cow Ranch’s Definition of Sustainable Production of food for human consumption through the utilization of natural, renewable resources in a way that does not diminish the resources’ abilities to regenerate. A sustainable operation must produce enough income to pay for it’s own expenses, debt… Read more »

Measuring Ranch Profitability For Efficiency and Sustainability

Miracle with her bull calf, Dust, on April 24, 2014. Dust was 5 weeks 5 days old in the picture.

  With all the posts I’ve done on cow size, I wanted to address the individual performance vs. per acre calculations. For the past few decades–maybe longer, since the 50s?–individual animal performance has been the basis for how to calculate and determine profit, loss, success, or failure. This resulted in dismal failures! This is not the correct way to measure… Read more »