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Rancher Takes In Boarder Cows
An Oklahoma cattle rancher who sold off much of his registered Angus herd after three bad market years figures to make more money this year taking in boarder cows than off his remaining herd.
Newell Pixler, of Kinta, charges owners of cows $210 per year to board them on his ranch.
He already has 300 boarder cows pasturing with his 500 remaining Angus, and has room for 100 head more, figured at a rate of four acres per cow-calf unit.
Pixler has a formal "custom cow care" contract that he uses with boarders. The owner is responsible for all shipping costs to and from the ranch and for pregnancy, TB, and bangs testing, or any other tests for shipping. Once on the ranch the owners pay for other vaccinations or health care. Pixler furnishes good pasture, a maximum of 1,500 lbs. of winter hay per cow, all labor, equipment, water, salt, and minerals needed. Pixler takes care of two artificial inseminations, if needed, and will run a customer's own bull with the cows.
The bull can be boarded free for 90 days during breeding but he charges an extra $250 if the bull remains all year. The $210 rate is for spring-calving cows. Fall-calving cows cost $235 because he must provide supplemental feeding to get fall calves through the winter.
When Pixler advertised his service he got the most response from drought stricken areas. His first 200 head came from parched areas of Texas. The next 100 were from Missouri and Arizona ranchers who, for one reason or another, wanted to temporarily board parts of their herds.
The contract doesn't guarantee replacement in case of sudden death or loss for other reasons.
Pixler says he figures his costs, not including the land or labor, will amount to about $100 in an average winter. He says his boarders probably will not make anything, even in a good market. They're saving their herds, however, he notes.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Newell Pixler, Rt. 1, Box 1965, Kinta, Ok. 74552 (ph 918 967-84351.

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1985 - Volume #9, Issue #1