Using Our Resources

My husband has spent the better part of the last 10 days behind the wheel of his yellow 18-wheeler. We had cows at our farm this winter and now it’s time to send them east to enjoy a summer grazing in the Kansas Flint Hills.

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Most cattle prefer to keep their distance when we travel through the pastures. But this young lady decided she needed a closer look.

The state of Kansas has more cows than people – true fact – and that’s largely because we have so many natural resources that fit perfectly within a cow’s lifecycle.

On our farm we grow corn and alfalfa, two main ingredients in a cow’s diet. A third, distillers grain, is a by-product of the ethanol production process and Kansas is home to more than 10 ethanol plants. Other grains and grasses commonly found in Kansas can also be included in a feed ration.

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Froese Brothers Harvesting out of Inman chopped corn on our farm. The result – called silage – will be feed throughout the fall and winter months.

The Kansas Flint Hill in the east, the Gypsum Hills in the south and thousands of acres of pasture in between provide prime grazing lands for cows to spend summer months.

And once a steer has reached maturity or a cow is done having calves, the feedlots locate predominately in the western half of the state have access to millions of acres of cropland and water to efficiently feed and grow cattle.

As cattle owners, we must be both good stewards of our natural resources and diligent in utilizing what is available to us. Most of our cows spend time in both the Flint Hills in the east and feedlots in the west but never leave the state of Kansas. That’s pretty cool and a testament to just how many great resources we have in Kansas.

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