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Our Move to Year-Round Grazing

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Dean Schneider, a rancher in Oklahoma, is moving to year round grazing after decades of making and feeding hay. Here’s how he’s managing the change.

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Dean Schneider owns and operates Bell Rule Genetics, a family ranching operation focused on cattle t
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I am part of Bell Rule Genetics, a family Ranching Operation in Northeast Oklahoma with 400 commercial cows and 100 registered Angus cows. We have been raising cattle for over 100 years. Our focus is on producing cattle that are efficient, productive and fit the needs of today's Beef Industry. At Bell Rule, we have built our Registered Angus Herd with the commercial cattlemen in mind. They are based on moderate framed, easy fleshing, maternal cattle with carcass capabilities. Currently we raise Registered Angus bulls, commercial bred heifers and cows, feeder cattle and fed cattle for local butcher shops and premium age and sourced programs. In addition, we have a select herd of Foundation bred Quarter Horses.


  1. Ron McBee says:

    Hey Dean,
    Never too old to learn are we. What’s the best system you have found to parent verify?

    • Ron,
      It’s funny learning about stuff in school that you didn’t care about was boring, but it’s very enjoyable when you like the subject! We do most everything through the Angus Assoc. and use Zoetis. I really don’t have much of an opinion on whether they are better or worse than anyone else. We prick the back of ear with a needle when we are tattooing the calves. It works pretty well for most of them.

  2. Eric says:

    Hi Dean,

    It is interesting that your are operating three different herds. Do you see yourself working toward high density management intensive grazing? In this case you would move one large herd instead of three.

    • Eric,
      That is a tough one for us and we have struggled with how how to eliminate herds. We actually have many more than three. Our operation is on seven different properties that are not close enough to run as one. Additionally, we have a registered herd, a commercial herd, and spring and fall calving groups in both of those. Five of the properties are down to one herd. It is definitely something that we are working on, just not there yet.

    • One other thing, we have started to combine registered and commercial cows and multi-sire breed them. After birth, we then are DNA parent verifying. This has helped with reducing the number of herds.

  3. Jim Gerrish says:

    Hi Dean,
    Nice article. Thanks for telling your story.
    It is a story I have heard many times before. The hesitancy to make that first step is what holds most producers back.
    The progression from 5-7 day moves, to 3-4 days, and then finally to one-day moves is the game changer (and life changer) for many.
    A comment I have heard very often from many graziers is ‘I just can’t believe how much difference there was when we went to daily moves.’

    Good luck & Good grazing!

    Jim Gerrish

    • Dean Schneider says:

      Thank you. It’s a process for sure, but we are gaining. Your school was one of the foundations for our progress and future plans.

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