Jamie) Welcome back to Farm Factor. Kyle and Alan talk about the advantages of buying locally this year.
(Kyle) Hi this is Kyle Bauer, continuing our interviews at Farmers and Ranchers Livestock Commission in Salina. Have the opportunity to visit with Alan Giger. Alan, where is your farming and ranching operation and what does it look like? (Alan) We’re over in Chase County by Elmdale and we have a cow/calf operation and a small feedlot. We also do row crop. (Kyle) So do you normally buy cattle here at Salina? (Alan) Last few years we’ve been using a cattle buyer. He’s been purchasing the cattle out of Missouri and we have ’em shipped home and then finished. (Kyle) So why have you changed that? (Alan) Well the margins are a lot tighter this year and we thought maybe if we could buy locally we could save some on some freight. (Kyle) Will the cattle you buy match up with some of the cattle you’ve raised at home? (Alan) Yes. We have a Fall herd and a Spring herd. The Fall cattle seem to be working a little better for us as we can finish them out earlier in the year and kind of hit the market a little better. (Kyle) Normally when I think about Chase County and that area, I think about summer grazing. But you’re obviously buying these cattle not to graze. (Alan) Right, they go into the feedlot. We market most of our cattle through Creek Stone Farms down in Ark City and it’s just been
another enterprise that we’ve added that’s been real helpful to our operation recently. (Kyle) You’ll normally feed those cattle then all the way to processing weight. (Alan) Yes we do. (Kyle) So, how has your summer been there in Chase County as far as moisture and grazing? (Alan) We did real good up until August. August, September, October has been very dry. But overall it was a good crop year and a good grass year, good hay year. (Kyle) And your backgrounding operation, what will you use as feedstuffs? (Alan) We use mostly home raised commodities. We use our own corn. We buy our protein supplements, probably mostly DBG. And then we have our own hay that we grind and raise our own silage. (Kyle) And what weight cattle will you be looking at for today? (Alan) Oh, over six and a half, preferably six and a half to seven weights. (Kyle) Steers or heifers? (Alan) Steers. (Kyle) Tell me about your cow herd? What breed are they? You mentioned they were both Spring and Fall. (Alan) Well since we market to Creek
Stone, our cows are all Angus based. We’ve been using some hybrid bulls, some Angus Seminole bulls recently, which has been working real well for us. (Kyle) So, are you done calving for the Fall? (Alan) Yes, we’re completely done with that. (Kyle) And your Spring calves, when will they start? (Alan) They usually start around the first of March. (Kyle) We’re visiting with Alan Giger, here in Salina, Kansas. This is Kyle Bauer reporting. Back to you Jamie.
(Jamie) After the break its time for today’s Kansas Farm Bureau Update.