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Facilities & Equipment

Whether your operation is feeding, grazing, weaning or delivering cattle, find the best methods for selecting and maintaining facilities and equipment.

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Imagine being able to scan a barcode on a package of steaks at the grocery store and access indisputable data for the entire life cycle of the animal – from conception to change in ownership, vaccines and processing.

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The use of game cameras in a cattle operation is not a new idea. Many producers have implemented some type of camera system to monitor their herd, check for predators or to cut down on time spent driving around checking fence. Most would agree a camera system is a useful tool, but pictures are just the beginning.

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Well-designed and effectively operated cattle-handling facilities make life easier. Such facilities decrease cattle injury, illness and death, and improve producer morale.

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Building fence can be challenging in rocky, frozen or swampy ground when it’s impossible to dig post holes or set posts with a traditional tractor-mounted post pounder.

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Producers using DNA tests to manage their cow herds now have futuristic new tools to speed processing during routine cattle handling.

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Some say, “A carpenter’s house is never finished.” I’d say it’s a similar situation with cattlemen. Often, it’s their own facilities and equipment that are the last to be maintained or repaired.

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