Background of Panel:
This panel is facilitated by Eldon Cole, Livestock Specialist and CPD -
Lawrence County in the Southwest region of the state. The panel consists of
4 producers from Lawrence County. Panel members have been farming for 3
to 9 years, with an average of 6.5 years farming. The panel members own
between 40-414 acres and cash lease 50-1290 acres of hay/pasture. The
producerís cattle operations range from 20-339 cows with calves
backgrounded from 45-90 days. Two of the producers work a full time job
outside of their farming operation. The other two members do custom farming
(hay, planting) utilizing the assets of their operation to help their cash flow.
Baseline: The baseline farm consists of 180 cow/calf pairs on 150 acres of owned land and 560 acres of cash rented land.
Alternative 1: Background purchased calves.
Alternative 2: Add cows through the use of a management intensive grazing system.