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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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The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting “the winter of the great divide” for the 2020-21 season – cold and snowy in the north with drought in the west. Time will tell if this prediction will hold true but one prediction that will be 100% accurate is that cold winter weather can make even the simplest chore much more difficult. A basic winterization routine for your water supply can help eliminate any icy, frozen surprises.

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Many ranches today utilize ATVs for jobs that historically were done on horseback, and some beef operations do not even own a horse.

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There are problems lurking in every cattle-handling system that can create a headache on your operation – or totally ruin your system. Luckily, there are some simple fixes that can solve any problems you might find in your cattle-handling system. Whether you are investing in a new system or trying to improve your current one, spend a little time making sure it works for you by avoiding or fixing these common pitfalls.

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It can be confusing for producers needing to either upgrade their current chute and handling facilities or build a new system from scratch.

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Large animal veterinarians with an arm in a sling or on crutches is not an uncommon sight. Usually, their injury was the result of treating or testing cattle in a poorly designed or maintained handling facility.

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The daily grind of ranching life – an honest one, working animals on the land – is rewarding. The practice reaches backward through our bloodlines to the earliest days of the American dream.

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