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Published on May 23, 2008
Episode 9 Summary w/ Karen Hadaway -Manure as Fertilizer -Money Saved on Hay -Microbes in the Soil -Many Health Benefits -Marketing grassfed beef
Listen to Sustainable Agriculture: The Gene Sollock Grass-fed Paddock System, a 2.5 hour podcast pertaining to how to start the frist steps of setting up this operation yourself: http://goyeinternational.podomatic.co...
This step by step instructional video program will encourage and better equip those farmers and ranchers to better succeed in sustainable beef production.
Swapping the current practices for the grass-fed system by lowering over head increases profit margins while lowering risk related to beef production. A 2.5 hour interview (podcast) is available at Sustainable Agriculture: The Gene Sollock Paddock System ( goyeinternational.podomatic.com/entry/2008-05-12T18_57_23-07 _00 ). Both the video episodes and the podcast contain detailed information for those interested in starting an intensive, rotational paddock, grass-fed cattle operation in a manner that can put the profit back into production while the rising cost of conventional feed lots, bails of hay and wasted acreage that predominate the cattle industry today cause farmers and ranchers to go broke and risk losing their operation. The Gene Sollock Paddock System is the way to go for those starting up, those looking to improve or THOSE ABOUT TO GIVE UP. Intensified Management Grazing (IMG), or eco-farming, is the best way to accomplish a sustainable operation.
For those serious about starting or converting their operation, during May 2008- July 2009, the infrastructure will be finished, the forage will be established waiting for the installment of 20 head of cattle by August 2009 with a decent profit to follow 12-18 months latter ($10K-$16K). Within five years of continued forage development, the potential sales on the same 20 acres with just 20 head of cattle per year have a potential profit margin of *$20K-$30K per year depending on the marketing strategy. With natural variables considered and the forage going well, the amount of cattle in this 20 template can be increase to 40 head- even 50 head under optimal conditions- bringing in a potential *$40K- per year. Having an initial $25K-$30K investment on leased land or within your existing acreage using these figures and direct sale marketing over the course of 10 years there will be a substantial stream of cash flow to retire on and/or expand the operation. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX.
*These figures have been achieved on paddock pastures established over a few years of forage development and reliability by using direct marketing business plans. Gourmet restaurants and direct sale 'foodies' are increasing the demand for local grassfed beef. This is not a quick fix. This is not a get rich system. It takes time and initial inputs to establish the conditions for successful and sustainable year round forage. This is an investment for near and far future returns.
Using this amazing answer for the natural, sustainable and profitable way to feed more cattle with less overhead on less land than you currently think possible while making more profit than ever imagined from the same 20 acres once the forage is flourishing year round (with all things considered). The potential of this 20/20 plan will start you thinking outside the box and launch you into a better way to preserve the family farm.
Sustainable agriculture is economically sound and environmentally sensible producing equity in a society where it is implemented. Sensible and secure food is superior.