Oklahoma Independent Stock Growers Summer Educational Meeting Friday June 7, 2019
General topic includes: The afternoon program will start at 3pm with a ranch discussion on the value of forage, including the need for forage testing, animal nutrient requirements and field demonstrations on paddock grazing and cattle movements and how to graze without feeding hay. Following dinner and discussion, the evening meeting of the Oklahoma Independent Stock Growers will start at 6pm. The agenda includes: update on cattle industry issues such as country of origin labels, fake and cultured meats, animal ID requirements, and Truth in labels.
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Destiny Ranch Beef Sales
Destiny Ranch utilizes intensive grazing management with continuous movement of cattle onto fresh growth forage at the highest protein and nutrient levels. The paddocks can be easily accessed from the cattle receiving working area and holding pens. There are allyways or distribution lanes across the property to facilitate cattle movements to each area as the different forages are available. The ranch utilizes over 40 miles of single wire electric fencing for perimeters and an additional 12 miles of poly wire to control smaller grazing areas.
Our main forage is native grass and will be the greatest source of grazing for the stocker operation and will require larger numbers of stocker cattle for a short duration during the growth season of April, May, and June. There are 80 acreas of Bermuda grass for late summer and to transition groups of cattle from one area to another. Winter grazing is on stock piled native grass grown during the late summer months and back grazed therefore little or no hay is used for the stocker operations during the winter months. The past 3 years the ranch has stockpiled sufficient forage to backgraze 240 head of 450-650 pound stocker cattle during the winter months.
Destiny Ranch uses fresh well water for the cattle operations. At no time do our cattle drink from or come in contact with pond water. Pasture water piping has been installed on over 50% of the ranch and the areas without piped water the ranch has trailers to haul water to the remote areas. Water is hauled daily to the grazing areas without permanent water stations. Clean short distance to source of water is important to increasing and maintaining gain and herd health.