Keeping Ag Real Tour 2018: Wyoming Antelope and Cattle Feedlots

July 25, 2018 02:47 PM
On the Keeping Ag Real Road Trip, the Schwegert family makes several stops in Wyoming, where the antelope roam, sugar beets grow and livestock feed is explained.

Wyoming: where the antelope roam, sugar beets grow and livestock feed is explained

Our travels leaving Colorado included a short trip through Wyoming where antelope seemed to equal cattle numbers, leading us to wonder if these densely populated animals are a nuisance to ranchers. As our excursion continued into Nebraska, we happened to encounter a Wyoming rancher who provided us the answer as well as his story. While antelope appear to be swift and graceful, one might assume jumping fences is a common practice. The antelope are one of his largest challenges because they elect to crawl under fences, rather than leaping. Their annoying mode of maneuvering the barricades causes staples to be be ripped from posts and ultimately causing extra work and in some instances lost cattle. We kindly hinted that one of our hobbies includes hunting.

A second rancher from Nebraska provided the kids with a perfect synopsis of the life of cattle from birth to store. A major takeaway we’ll be passing along to our non-agriculture following is the fact that cattle spend most of their lives on grass, contrary to public misperceptions.

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We arrived at Double A Feeds in Bridgeport, Neb., where Naomi Loomis of The Circle L Ranch provided a run-down on livestock feed and her blog where she encourages adults to become mentors. Take a look on Periscope for a portion of our conversation. The last stop before leaving Nebraska was to learn about sugar beets. An intriguing crop that is used more than most realize. Additional information to come regarding sugar!

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