I'm hoping to start a ranch next year and need to know how many cattle can I run on 8

Discussion in 'General Cattle Discussion' started by cotopaxi14, Jun 5, 2015.

  1. cotopaxi14

    cotopaxi14 Member

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    I live in Montana and have 802 acres of 5 acre range land. Can I run 200 hundred head of Angus beef cattle?
     
  2. DoubleR

    DoubleR Repro Lover

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    Welcome to the forum!
    Unfortunately Im not familiar with your area but hopefully someone else will have a better idea for you :)
     

  3. cotopaxi14

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    It's about 100 miles west of Billings
     
  4. cowfarmer

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    What's the grass like??? Do you have pens and shelters up I don't know what kind of weather u get
     
  5. cowfarmer

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    Never mind sorry dindnt read your reply at the start forget about the grass ???
     
  6. cowfarmer

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    A cow needs 1.8 acres of i calculated correctly u should be safe to run 300 head
     
  7. cotopaxi14

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    I have round pens and shelters for equipment and a barn for horses.
     
  8. cotopaxi14

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    Cause a guys at Montana state university said I would need 70 acres per year for each cow, but I didn't believe him.
     
  10. cowfarmer

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    No that's not right good you have a good set up what's your plan calving the cows out selling bred heifers
     
  11. cotopaxi14

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    I plan to sell that years calves
     
  12. Plainsman53

    Plainsman53 New Member

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    You probably should pay more attention to what the people from Montana State and the neighbors say than anyone on this forum. Are you in a 14 to 17 inch rainfall area?
     
  13. cotopaxi14

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  14. Plainsman53

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    On your first post you called your place 5 acre range. What did you mean by that? Are you by any chance on the Yellowstone River bottom or have irrigation? That could make a lot of difference on carrying capacity or stocking rate.
     
  15. cotopaxi14

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    I have 300 acres of irrigated and the rest is fairly productive.
     
  16. cotopaxi14

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    I have water rights, and it came irrigated
     
  17. Plainsman53

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    My first thought was--no way. Now--maybe, the irrigation changes everything. I irrigate some but I'm several hours south of you in a different climate with different temps and humidity. That means I'm not qualified to advise you. The water available, the soil types, and especially your management will make all the in what you can do. Good luck!
     
  18. Markwright

    Markwright Junior Member

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    Your LOCAL

    FSA andf NRCS office has the carrying capacity of your supposed ranch.

    your pretty darn vague: how much irrigated, how much sub irrigated, how much govt lease outside?

    Maybe whoever is giving it to ya can inform ya 2.

    perhaps simply divide your 802 by 5 ,,,,,and there's a simple answer.




    QUOTE=cotopaxi14;3005]I live in Montana and have 802 acres of 5 acre range land. Can I run 200 hundred head of Angus beef cattle?[/QUOTE]
     
  19. cotopaxi14

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    About 50 sub irrigated