Cattle Grazing Cover Crops – How Crop Growers and Graziers Can Work Together

This 1:57 minute video is a good look at how graziers and crop growers can work together for the benefit of each other and the soil. We visit Brendon Rockey of Rockey Farms, a potato farmer in the San Luis Valley of southwest Colorado. Brendon provides an example of how he developed the agreement with a neighboring grazier. You can watch the short video or read the transcript below. Enjoy! Transcript: Brendon Rockey: I'm not interested in owning the cattle myself. I'd rather work with the rancher on that. I just need the cattle out there for one month out of the year. I don't want to mess with them the other 11 months. So that's why it works good for me to work with the rancher. The only way it was going to work is if it  was going to work for both of us. Otherwise it was only going to work for one year, if one guy was getting all the gain and it was hurting the other guy. So we just sat down and I just kind of had my list of goals. I said, "Here's what I need to accomplish as far the crop production." Dealing from the farmer's side, "I need these goals accomplished." He said, "OK, here's what I need." And so we had to sit there, and that was the hardest part - was figuring out timing. You know, my ideal time I would have had them in and out of here already. If they could come through one day, that would be great for me, but that's not realistic. So, he had to figure out, "Well you have this many acres. If I do this many head, we

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