Feed Lot

NOV 2017

Feedlots and cow/calf operations in the beef industry who feed 500 or more has annually on grains and concentrates; maintain 500 or more beef cows; backgrounder, stocker/grower, preconditioner; veterinarian, nutritionist, consultant

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Feed yards sell feed. Sure, they use cattle as a consumer for that product, but when it gets down to it, feed yards are selling feed. At the heart of every feeding opera- tion are reliable equipment and a crew to deliver it accurately and on time. It takes a wide variety of large equipment and machinery to keep a feed yard running. If your com- pany is on a routine replacement schedule, is expanding or needing to upgrade, there are several as- pects to consider before making a new purchase. Determine your needs If you're in the market for a new loader or tractor, Jacob Sherman, Kubota ag tractor project manager suggested evaluating your needs and deciding what you plan to do with the equipment. Will this machine clean pens, load feed trucks or haul round bales? What other jobs might be considered? That way the machine you pur- chase will match your expecta- tions, he explained. "Evaluate the horse power required for exist- ing implements and make s u r e y o u g e t e n o u g h power to properly utilize t h e m ," S h e r m a n s a i d . "Most manufacture man- uals will have a preferred or recommended horse power rating." Loader height is also a key factor in a new pur- chase, said Joes Grimes, CAT global product ex- pert. "Feed trucks and feed wagons are growing in size and capacity. They could be 12.5- to 13-feet in height, and we want to be able to dump product into a wagon that tall and give the operator a good line of sight to do so." With increased height, 14 FEED•LOT  November 2017 LARGE EQUIPMENT FOCUS Two Manufacturers Offer Suggestions On Purchasing Large Equipment SHOPPI NG F OR SIZE By JILL J. DUNKEL

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