Curtis Capoun

(Samantha) Hello folks, today with have us Curtis Capoun and he’s here to talk about some of the daily activities that him and his family have throughout the year. Curtis, why don’t you tell us about your operation. (Curtis) My family owns and operates the CX Ranch near Wabaunsee County, Kansas. We have a few spring cow and calf pairs that we run year around. In addition, we start to get in stocker cattle at the beginning of January and feed them throughout the winter. When the summer grasses are ready at the beginning of May, we turn the stockers out for a 90 day grazing period, ship them towards the end of July. (Samantha) So, what kind of operations do you do throughout the spring to keep them in check? (Curtis) Well, to start with, we burn all of our pastures in the spring, which really helps the rate of gain with these steers, as opposed to unburned pastures. We have miles of fence to go around, brome traps and native pastures and fences that need to be checked and mended. (Samantha) You guys have been getting a lot of rain lately, correct? (Curtis) That is correct. Throughout May we have accumulated 10 inches already. (Samantha) Are there any negative effects that it may have on the pastures? (Curtis) Not necessarily on the pastures. Although it kind of gives us a little bit of extra work to do. We have a lot of current gaps that need checked if we get even up to an inch of rain, we go and check every one of our creek gaps. (Samantha) So, what is a creek gap? (Curtis) A creek gap is a spot where a fence crosses over a river ravine or a creek. It is a section that stops at the fence and we have either a breakaway fence that can be wiped out by flood waters and debris, or a free swinging current gap that will swing out of the way when it gets flood with the creek. (Samantha) So, what you’re basically saying is when all these heavy rains come down, all the water goes down to the ravines and it washes out the fences, so you guys have to go and fix them. So, what’s the importance of fixing? (Curtis) Well if we didn’t fix them, steers and heifers and our pairs would be out and we would be out chasing them, which is just more work in the end. So, we’ll go out every day, doesn’t matter how much rain we get, check the creek gaps. (Samantha) How do you check? (Curtis) Well, you go to every spot that the fences cross the ravine and make sure that the creek gaps aren’t plugged up with driftwood and grass and debris. And if it is, you shake all the debris out of ’em and throw it out of the creek. If the fence happens to be wiped out, you just wire it back into place. (Samantha) Well, Curtis thank you for coming to join us today. We certainly appreciate it. And we wish your family good luck in the future and hopefully we keep getting more rain, but you guys don’t have to do too much work in the creek gaps. (Curtis) Well, it would be alright with me. (Samantha) Thanks for joining us.

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