Ranches for Sale in Colorado Grow Quality Hay to Satisfy Cattle Needs
Cattle and calves make up the highest drivers of Colorado’s agricultural sector. The health and quality of these livestock animals depend on their feeds. As the Institute of Ecolonomics (IOE) writes in their online resource Ecolonomics.org, cattle must receive proper nutrition to achieve optimal health. In dry climates where green pastures can be scarce, hay becomes the primary source of essential nutrients for cattle.
Hay is the typical food for livestock, including cattle, horses, goats, alpacas and sheep. When pasture grass is not adequate for your livestock, feeding your livestock with green fodder is recommended during the summer. All hay is not created equal, and with a little planning, you could grow your own high quality hay with your own hydroponic system. Nutrition value of hay depends on the green leaf content in the grass. The green leaves of the hay have more nutrient value and the animals digest it easier than the stems and straws in the hay. In the summer, animals benefit from the green part of the hay more than the stems because green leaves are easier to digest and animals need less energy to digest. Moreover, they produce less heat during the digestion process.
As such, it only makes sense to hone in on cattle ranches for sale in Colorado where acres of hay can be planted, harvested, and satisfy the nutritional needs of your livestock. Grass, legume, mixed (grass and legume), and cereal grain hay contain protein, fiber, and other essential nutrients cattle need for optimum health. When cut while still green and growing in dry weather conditions, hay adequately fulfills a grazing cow’s diet.
You might also want to look for farms that can be dedicated to hay production. You can then sell your produce to local livestock raisers or export to other markets around the globe. As a hay rancher, you will need the proper equipment to harvest and handle hay, such as mowers, rakes, and balers. Naturally, you must be able to operate these tools and store the bales correctly to maintain their quality.
If you wish to find expansive and fertile ranches in Colorado for sale, you can use the services of a ranch real estate broker and marketer like Mirr Ranch Group. An experienced broker can show you a selection of properties that would be perfect for a productive livestock business. After acquiring such a property, experienced consultants can counsel you on proper ranch management practices that enable you to keep your forage and livestock thriving.
(Source: FEEDING CATTLE & OTHER SUSTAINABLE LIVESTOCK NUTRITION, Ecolonomics.org, June 18, 2014)