We got a really nice call the other day from the folks at Saddle Butte Ag. They wanted to become a sponsor of On Pasture to support the work we do providing graziers with the information they need.
Doing something that benefits everyone isn’t a new thing for Saddle Butte Ag. As a family owned and operated seed company in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, they’ve been paying attention to what farmers and ranchers need since the 1990s. Initially, they bought and distributed seed. But in the 2000s founder Don Wirth got interested in cover crops and what they could do to benefit soils, crops, livestock and the people that grow them. Today, they work with plant breeders to develop forage and cover crop varieties that promote soil health and good feed for cattle and sheep. Here are a few that they’re especially proud of:
Bounty Annual Ryegrass
A forage crop with both high digestibility and protein content, Bounty Annual Ryegrass extends usage later in the season than many other forage species for stocker cattle, replacement heifers, and lactating dairy cows. This complete all-around feed generates 2-4 tons of dry matter per acre capable of supporting both a growing cow and calf’s nutritional requirements. Additionally, Bounty Annual Ryegrass prepares for the unexpected with a seeding window that extends into December or January in the event of stand loss. Shade tolerant, Bounty Annual Ryegrass enhances a field’s water filtration, improves soil quality, redeposits phosphorous and potassium from subsoil layers, and contributes to the success of other forage crop yields.
More palatable for cattle and sheep than forage rapes, Bayou Kale can contain up to 25% protein in its leaves and possess a dry matter digestibility value higher than 80%. Rich in vitamins A, C, and B groups, Bayou Kale is equivalent to early spring grass with 1.0 ha feeding 100 cows for one month at a regular consumption of 20 kg/cow/day. Higher cold tolerances, the ability to break up soil compaction, excellent regrowth, and erosion mitigation make Bayou Kale an excellent addition to winter forage regiments.
The persistent grazing companion, Antler Chicory will provide grazing in the summer at times when other forages have succumbed to the heat. High moisture content paired with the ability to serve as a good source of trace minerals will help in controlling the gastrointestinal nematodes of your animals. Grazing is possible every 24 days, meaning that controlling bolt is going to be the biggest challenge of maintaining an Antler Chicory pasture.
You can meet Don Wirth and some of the other Saddle Butte Ag folks in this video. We appreciate Saddle Butte Ag’s support. Please join us in giving them a warm welcome to the On Pasture community!
Thanks for reading,
P.S. Are you interested in sponsoring On Pasture? Drop an email to Peter Williams and he’ll get with you to talk about options.