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RE: Farming Thread
If any man is looking for a career change or maybe a younger man wanting to do something other than go stare at a whiteboard in college and wants to do something with some meaning and wanting to work out in the country but looking for a place to start here's an option. You could start by helping Make Dairy Great Again. God knows dairymen need the help. There's a total organized conspiracy against dairy. But anyway, here's a two year apprenticeship program that's even federally recognized. As far as I know it's the only actual apprenticeship in American agriculture.

So just like any other apprenticeship, you can come in knowing nothing, learn on the job under a Master Grazier in this case, and get paid for it. After you complete your 4,000 hours and all that you're ready to go be your own man after as a dairy herdsman or manager. Hell maybe even start your own place one day. Chances are your you'll have to move to Wisconsin or Iowa, but once you finish it's a ticket to work anywhere. Average salary for these guys is anywhere from 25k to 40k depending on the scale of the operation. Plus you get the other perks that come with working on a farm like housing, utilities, etc.

https://www.dga-national.org/










But just remember. If you become a dairyman, when you go out to bring the milk cows in at 4am you gotta put your chaps and spurs on. Always. No excuses. Even if you never get on a horse. Otherwise you ain't no cowboy. Wink




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01-01-2020 10:46 PM
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I was doing some research on establishing a pasture, hopefully for bison livestock.

>Aggressive plan would be to put the pasture in this spring on 100 acres probably using a custom operator, then cut and let it root in until bringing the herd in the following year.
>Cautious and Possibly smart Plan would be to sow two pastures on two small fields of 2 acres ourselves as a family using some of our smaller equipment, if it goes well than move ahead in following year on full acreage perhaps. This would push bringing the herd back a year but would ensure a good pasture.

A local guy is doing organic texas longhorns in the area, in which he recommends having a summer and cool season pasture mix.
Quote:The tall grass prairie field, initially planted for conservation purposes, has become integral to the ranch’s grazing program. It is a blend of locally sourced big bluestem, indian grass, switchgrass, showy tick trefoil and round-headed bush clover. These are heat-loving, drought-tolerant warm-season forages that aren’t ready to graze or hay until late July into August. The timing turned out to perfectly complement the early-season growth habit of the [b]cool-season mixes, typically orchardgrass, tall fescue, ryegrass and white clover.[/b] Those paddocks are rotationally grazed to keep fresh forage in front of the cattle and recycle nutrients across the land.

“With temperatures frequently over 30 C here in summer, the cool-season grasses go dormant, so we open the native pastures, which have served nature in the meantime. By then the natives are shoulder height so we can pretty much park the herd there until the rains and cooler weather come back and the cool-season pastures start to produce again,”

Does anyone know of the benefits and drawbacks of sowing pasture in the Spring vs. Fall ? Anyone have any experience or tips in growing these grasses?

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01-10-2020 05:34 PM
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(01-10-2020 05:34 PM)NoMoreTO Wrote:  Does anyone know of the benefits and drawbacks of sowing pasture in the Spring vs. Fall ? Anyone have any experience or tips in growing these grasses?

Those grasses no. Where I work we seed in the spring, but I don't do much farming anymore for the place, and I'm hesitant to give advice because there's so many variables at play with farming like region and climate. But I'm going back into the suck pretty soon myself for the rest of the year. Gonna drop by on my way and visit an old timer I used to work with whose farmed anything and everything. He may be familiar with your grasses. I'll see what he says and get back to you in a couple weeks.

Oh and my 2 cents for what it's worth. I'd go with the cautious plan even if it means bringing in the herd later. Fast is slow, slow is fast on a ranch. Especially with livestock.

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01-11-2020 12:41 PM
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