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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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Water is one of those things we all need, including livestock.

So, when animals are isolated from a water source, what can a farmer do to get them water while implementing best management practices?

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Traditional ranchers may scoff at the idea of using an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or four-wheeler on a ranch, especially when it comes to working cattle.

However, ATV use is an increasing trend, and one that many ranchers are finding to be very beneficial.

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Ranchers look at cattle, equipment, fences and buildings as investments. Needs are determined, requirements discussed and cost and return are analyzed before they are purchased or built. Ranch employees are also a ranch investment.

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The dog days of summer will soon be upon us and feedlot cattle are often under stress when the high temperatures exceed 85ºF.

Cattle feeders with hoop buildings and mono slope observe near constant feed intakes and gains throughout the summer as a result of the shade the buildings provide.

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Farmers and ranchers have selected the electric fence solution when it comes to containing their cows, horses and other livestock because it is an affordable and safe alternative to barbed wire.

Fence chargers are also used to keep predators, like feral pigs, wolves and bear, out of fenced-in areas.

The short pulse of electric current that is delivered when the cow or cattle connects with the electric wire is just enough to keep them from trying to break through the fence.

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Lagoons and ponds are required storage facilities for large cattle operations.

Their purpose is to collect watershed from the livestock areas and hold it until it can be properly dispersed according to nutrient management plans.

However, as the effluent flows to lagoons, it tends to carry solid particles that over time can fill up the settling basin positioned in front of the lagoon to catch those particles.

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