It’s Kansas Day in the heartland and we are proud to celebrate. We’ve been going strong since 1861 and that’s cause for celebration in our book. Instead of doing our usual #FactFriday post, we’ve put together for you a several fact’s post….. on a Friday. Isn’t it awesome?? We hope you love learning just as much as we do. So grab a drink and a comfy seat as we talk to you about
The Top 5 Reasons We Raise Cattle in…. KANSAS
1. Weather.In Southwest Kansas we have the distinct pleasure of wonderfully mild weather. The average temperature is 67.5 degrees, we have around 267 sunny day’s a year and only 19in of precipitation. We have a more dessert like climate around these parts. It’s wonderful for raising cattle because they do not have to deal with as many major weather changes that some other areas deal with. We do have very strong and powerful wind that accompanies us most of the time, but this is helpful in the way that it dries out cattle pens when we do get rain so that they don’t live in a muddy and uncomfortable atmosphere. This brings us to our next point…
2. The Ogallala Aquafer. “The Ogallala Aquafer is a shallow water table aquafer located beneath the Great Plains in the United States. One of the world's largest aquifers, it underlies an area of approximately 174,000 sq mi in portions of eight states, including Kansas.” Remember above how we talked about how we only get 19in of rainfall on average annually? That is less than half of the amount of rain that the majority of the U.S. receives, this aquafer is what makes it possible for us to grow crops and feed the cows. We use pivot irrigation to water our crops and wells with pumps and water towers to provide adequate water for the animals to drink. And so we transition to point 3…
3. Population or lack thereof. The desolate area we call home to some could seem very strange, however, for us it’s the best thing we could ask for. Because of the limited amount of “locals” we are able to grow our own feed and supply all of our cattle with food from nearby sources.
4. The ability to purchase adequate amounts of feed in a close proximity. The majority of our feed products we are able to purchase from a very close proximity to all of our feed yards. We even grow some of it ourselves.
5. The Coop Spirit. Because we live in such a remote location it is imperative that we all work together in order to succeed. We have developed a unique and respected relationship between farmers and cattle feeders and we work together to support our communities to keep them going. This could be in the form of jobs, taxes and money donated. The important part is that we all understand the value in working together.