Feedlot Focus

Roughage: Effective Fibers

by James I. Sprague, Nutritionist Feed Analysis: CF, ADF, NDF Evaluating roughages in feedlot rations is a mixture of applied science and practical experience by cattle feeders and their advisors. Randy Royal, manager of the Servi-Tech Laboratories, said the “younger nutritionists” that submit samples to their laboratories are now increasingly requesting neutral detergent fiber (NDF)…

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Safety Makes Dollars and “Sense”

by Terri Queck-Matzie Twilla Tracy knows the cost of safety. “I know how much damage costs because I pay the bills,” says Tracy, an office assistant at Henry C. Hitch Feedlot in Guymon, Okla. That knowledge led Tracy to devise a cost-saving safety measure that won her second place in the 2011 Texas Cattle Feeders…

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With High Feed Prices, Does it Pay to Feed Natural?

by Marc Roth As unprecedented feed prices are beginning to feel like the new “normal,” the need arises to re-examine our traditional thinking and assumptions. The beef industry has successfully developed markets for cattle that have been produced under specific requirements. These programs also increase production costs. The question arises “What are these costs and…

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By the book – Red book offers safe disaster solutions

By: Terri Queck Matzie A feedyard can be a dangerous place. Most operations put a high premium on preventing work-related injury in ordinary, day-to-day operations. One feedlot has gone beyond that – to helping employees cope with unusual circumstances. Cargill Cattle Feeders – Bovina at Bovina, Texas, has a new disaster manual, known as the…

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At Last: After five years of increasing quality, higher premiums take shape

by Paul Dykstra, Weekly author of Rearview Mirror on Quality for Feed-Lot Enews A year ago cattlemen celebrated as 2010 ended with fed cattle cash prices generally above $100/cwt. Now, feedlot operators say anything lower than $120/cwt. will devastate their breakevens — a 17 percent price increase still falls short of generating profit in today’s…

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