Feedlot Focus

No need to add Roughage

By: Loretta Sorensen Wet distiller’s grains (WDGS) have enough fiber content that feeders using WDGS can reduce the amount of roughage they add to feed rations. That’s the conclusion US Meat and Research Center (MARC) researcher Kristin Hales reached in her recent study of fiber content in WDGS. Hales’ study involved 128 steers fed individually in…

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It’s Inspection Time

By: Terri Queck-Matzie It’s the phone call nobody wants. Trevor Urban, senior CAFO inspector for the Environmental Protection agency, calls about mid-afternoon and says he will be on site the next day for a feedlot inspection. What should you do? What can you expect? “We always have a goal to do a fair and thorough…

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EPA Releases Producer Information to Activist Groups

WASHINGTON — Early this week the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) was notified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the agency had been collecting information from states on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). This information was requested by extremist groups, including Earth Justice, the Pew Charitable Trust and the Natural Resources Defense Council through…

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Decatur County Feedyard

I heard Warren Wiebert speak at K-State last year in 2012. I knew he knew what he was talking about so I called him when I got back to Dighton, and this is what he had to say. Value based marketing has been at the heart of Decatur County (Kansas) Feedyard’s program for nearly 20…

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‘Connect the dots’ for cattle profit

By Miranda Reiman Childhood dot-to-dots are simple and straightforward with an easy plan for getting from the starting point to the end and complete picture. In the beef industry, connecting those dots among segments is not always so clear. “As input costs have spiraled, cow-calf producers continue looking for ways to add value to their…

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