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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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It’s been a cold, snowy winter here in the mountains of central Idaho, and as I watch the snow recede to be replaced by mud and a hint of green, I realize it is time once again to begin making preparations for another season of cattle working and branding.

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Many grazing systems utilize frequent moves with portable electric fencing. Supplying water in all locations can be challenging.

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The old adage “you are what you eat” has never been more relevant than when talking about beef cattle. In order to produce the finest and most highly prized cattle, cattlemen must feed the highest-quality silage with an exact nutritional profile.

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Darr Feedlot in Cozad, Nebraska, sits on 325 acres that are divided into two lots – one with just under 30,000 head of cattle, the other with nearly 20,000 head of cattle in it.

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We recently finished up the first round of pre-calving shots to the bred cows here on Withington Creek, and Mother Nature has provided less- than-ideal cow-working conditions.

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There’s more to it than you might think

As pasture becomes more scarce and land lease costs rise, cow-calf producers are evaluating alternative methods for producing beef.

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