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Greetings from Oklahoma

Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:06 pm
by kf5ewr
Hello,

Trying to read everything I can find. My grandfather recently past and we now have two 180 acre pieces in central/western Oklahoma. About 20 miles short of the Texas line. One of which he ran a small group of cattle about 20 years ago. The family would like to start the cattle back up again and I'm tasked with figuring out how to best do that. One piece is all CRP. The other is mostly CRP as well. But, there is 24 acres of thick grass not in the program. It is fenced and cross fenced. Has a large barn and two small fenced lots with chutes and shelter. Also has water and electricity. We have a 50hp compact tractor and a 23hp subcompact tractor with a loader. With the exception of a stock trailer, I figure we have just about everything we'll need. Except animals. The family wants to raid Highland cattle. I would too as long as we can find an outlet for them to sell. I'm a little concerned with the long hair and the sand-burrs on that property. We'd like to have a few brood cows and a bull. super small scale I'd think. At least to start out.

Any suggestions would be highly HIGHLY appreciated.

Re: Greetings from Oklahoma

Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:21 pm
by kf5ewr
A little background I forgot. I helped by grandfather when he was raising herefords. I helped pull calves, helped vets with c-sections, helped with feeding and medicating. He taught me how to operate the tractors and other machinery. I've been running things for the last 6 years or so when he became to old to do it. So, I have some knowledge. But, I was young and he is gone. I was never brought into the financial side of things. So, there I am at a total loss.

Re: Greetings from Oklahoma

Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:51 pm
by slick4591
:welcome:

Re: Greetings from Oklahoma

Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:55 pm
by RanchMan90
kf5ewr wrote:A little background I forgot. I helped by grandfather when he was raising herefords. I helped pull calves, helped vets with c-sections, helped with feeding and medicating. He taught me how to operate the tractors and other machinery. I've been running things for the last 6 years or so when he became to old to do it. So, I have some knowledge. But, I was young and he is gone. I was never brought into the financial side of things. So, there I am at a total loss.

I would take some Herefords before Highlands unless they're just for a tax deduction. What part of southern Oklahoma :welcome:

Re: Greetings from Oklahoma

Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:07 pm
by Ky hills
:welcome: . I agree with Ranch Man90, I would advise Herefords over Highlands too. The heat seems to me like it would be hard on the Highland cattle. Have heard people say that when they had some Belted Galloways they stayed in the creek or pond most of the summer here, and Oklahoma is a little hotter than here seems like. My wife has a couple things in common with you, she is from southeast Oklahoma, and her grandparents had Herefords too.

Re: Greetings from Oklahoma

Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:14 pm
by kf5ewr
We are right in the middle north/south and 20 miles east of Texas. I can see I 40 from the barn.

Re: Greetings from Oklahoma

Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:51 pm
by Rafter S
I agree with the others that you should rethink your breed. Other than that, it sounds like you've got a good start. As far as the trailer, you could likely hire someone to haul your cattle cheaper than buying your own.

Welcome.

Re: Greetings from Oklahoma

Posted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:46 am
by greybeard
Welcome! Herefords sounds like the way to go to me too.
I never liked the idea of raising any livestock with hair longer than the womenfolk in my house.

Re: Greetings from Oklahoma

Posted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:35 am
by Cross-7
:welcome:
Being most of your property is in crp and only 24 acres grazable till the crp contract expires. You're going to limited to about 3-4 cows, so you may be on the right track with a niche breed/market.
I don't about highlands in the heat of Oklahoma or whether there is demand for that particular breed.

Re: Greetings from Oklahoma

Posted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:18 am
by Craig Miller
It's been a while since I been out there but I don't remember seeing thick grass anywhere. I bet cross is right in that you'll only be able to run about 3-4 cows. Might want to look into ai and avoid a bull.