Growing a Legacy

Last year Alex worked with Wedgworth’s Fertilizer to add a new fertilizer, Nu-Trax P+ from Compass Minerals, to the ranch’s spring applications. Coated onto dry fertilizer granules, Nu-Trax P+ provided an ideal blend of phosphorus, zinc, manganese and nitrogen for spring growth and root vigor.

“Grass pulled in quicker. It had quicker green up; It seems to me that we’ve had more root mass built, so the canopy of the forage was thicker.”

Alex Johns has a lot to manage. The Seminole Tribe of Florida’s 105,000-acre cattle ranch runs 10,000 cows among 67 herds, and Alex oversees all of them. His pride for his tribe and their history with cattle inspires him to keep innovating and doing the right things – so the ranch can carry on into the future.

“We were one of the first ranches to utilize EID (electronic identification) technology,” Alex explains. “EID allowed us to give every cow, calf, bull an identification that was easy to put into a database and manipulate and extract data from.” Managing forages is a major focus for Alex. And to do so, he continues to improve how the herds practice intensive grazing.

“We’re constantly cutting pastures down, fine-tuning our rotation, figuring out how many days we can keep a herd on a pasture,” Alex says. He also focuses on how fertilizer can boost forage growth. “We try to time our fertilizing to happen during the spring,” Alex explains, “so we get a big punch from the fertilizer before we get the heavy rains and the leaching that comes with that.”

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