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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.


Are you dying financially from heavy metal disease (aka too much equipment)? When visiting ranches, I always like to go by the equipment yard because I become amazed by what I see.

The array of machinery may include welders, air compressors, trailers of every type and size, hay baling equipment, tractors and shredders. Rust on some of the equipment indicates it is not frequently used.

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Rising feed prices and shrinking margins have generated significant discussion on animal efficiency.

We have all seen those cows that we call “easy doers” but did not give them much thought until recently.

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Working facilities and livestock-handling equipment are crucial for providing a safe and efficient way to handle and work cattle in today’s market.

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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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