July 26, 2008

Transient Cattle Grazine

Transient Cattle Grazing ~ a long-time tradition by many ranchers in the Flint Hills between May and October. Pasture owners lease their land to cattle owners from Texas, Mississippi, Colorado, and other parts of Kansas.

Once the rolling pastures have been burned and the new growth of bluestem brightens the prairie, cattle are shipped in by trucks and unloaded one at a time, to be left to graze the protein-rich grasses said to put more than a two-pound gain on a steer, per day.

After 90-120 days of fattening on the native tall grass, the steers and heifers are hauled to the feed yards in late summer or early fall. It's a system that works and has been in practice since the mid 1800's.

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