8. Grazing And Milking Water Buffalo In Colorado

In this episode of The Grazing Grass podcast, Cal talks with Jose of Rocking TT Bar. Jose is originally from Venezuela and has studied animal and brain science from Montana State University on a scholarship. He now operates a family farm in Colorado. Jose discusses his journey of grazing grass with Water Buffalo. He also tells about how he utilizes a mobile milking area and uses it to improve his pastures.

  • [01:12] – About Jose and his operation
  • [03:05] – Angus cattle and water buffalo
  • [05:00] – Electric fence as a game-changer in a leased pasture
  • [06:03] – Cutting the expense by half by using trees that are existing in the pasture
  • [07:03] – The kind of pasture he is grazing in
  • [08:59] – Kind of forages in Colorado
  • [09:05] – The difference between buffaloes and cows
  • [10:36] – Artificial insemination in the cows
  • [11:44] – Milk production in half-Italian cows
  • [12:20] – Milking the cows in the pasture
  • [13:00] – The cheaper way to run the operation
  • [14:04] – Getting Grade A milk
  • [14:55] – How much milk does he get from a water buffalo each day
  • [16:25] – How often does he move them to a new pasture
  • [17:36] – Grazing in a rangeland
  • [18:50] – Selling the water buffalo meat
  • [20:21] – Taming water buffalo
  • [23:02] – Making things more manageable by keeping the buffaloes in a herd
  • [24:37] – Deworming the buffaloes
  • [25:46] – His favorite grazing grass related book
  • [26:36] – Advice to new farmers
Books mentioned:
  • Holistic Management by
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