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Managing for Margins Makes the Difference Every Time

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With six decades of farming experience, Don Ashford has a lot of data to draw on. Here’s a lesson he’s learned that can help all of us look at our farming operations and decide what we can control and how we want to farm or ranch.

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A facsimile of Don’s journal. The other day, the old journal that I attempted to keep our farm
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About the author

My name is Don Ashford and my wife is Betty and we live in Ethel, LA. It would be impossible for me to write a bio about myself without including Betty in it. We have been together since high school. I was in the senior class of 1955 and she was in the class of 1957. Do the math. We have raised cattle since 1959 except for a little time that I spent with Uncle Sam. We have grazed stockers, owned several cow- calf herds and custom grazed cattle for other folks. I worked as a pipefitter for more than 25 years. Until we went into the dairy business in 1977 we were as most people down here part-timers or week-end ranchers. Later after we had learned enough about MIG to talk about it so that it would be understood by others we put together a pasture-walk group to introduce it to our friends and neighbors. We belong to more farm groups then we probably should but we get great joy working with other people. What makes us most proud are our son and daughter, our 5 grandkids and our 7 great-grand kids. It has been a hell of a trip so far, but we are not done yet.

1 Comment

  1. Josh Henderson says:

    Great article, thank you for sharing your experiences and resulting insights.
    I have to disagree with your disagreement with the “Until you reach or surpass 35,000 lbs. of live weight per acre you are not seriously grazing” statement.
    You can absolutely have over 35,000 lbs/acre with 2 cows. Put two 1200 lb cows in a 100ft x 25ft strip of pasture for a day and, boom, well over 35,000 lbs/acre.

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