Greg Judy takes us on a 4:16 tour of one of his pastures on a typical hot summer day in central Missouri with a heat index of 105. It’s the second year in a row with a summer drought. While others are selling off their whole herd, Greg and Jan Judy are managing to keep their cattle and keep them fed. Greg describes the management that makes that possible, including his silvopasture, and how he uses honey locusts for forage and shade to reduce the lignin value of forages so that they’re more digestible for his cattle. He also reminds us that when we run into drought, we need to change pasture recovery times and cull our herds.
In the market for a bull?
Part of Greg and Jan Judy’s success is the herd of South Poll Cattle they’ve created. Though the South Poll was bred for the hot humid south, their range is expanding and Judy bulls are doing well from Utah all the way to the east coast and from Nebraska all the way down to the Mexico border. He’s even had several producers doing well with them in southern Minnesota. If you’re interested, you can learn more about the bulls and how they’re raised here.
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