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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the payload capacity is also impor- tant. "You don't want to give up so much payload that you can only pick up a small load," Grimes ex- plained. "So there's a balance there y ou need to achieve. Get high e nough to do the task, but not so high that you lose the stability of the machine." Integrated payload control is a benefit for some operations, Grimes said, increasing productiv- ity and ease-of-use by allowing op- erators to weigh payload right at the pile to get the correct amount before they travel to the wagon. Depending on the application and type of machine, rear 3-point lift capacity could also be impor- tant, as is the functionality of a front 3-point if the machine is used for snow removal or scraping, of- fered Sherman. PTO speed can also be a poten- tially restricting variable, he said. "Smaller tractors may only have a 540 rpm, and some larger models could require you to pay for the option of 1000 rpm (standard on M7 Kubota models), or they may not offer it. It varies by manufac- turer," Sherman said. FEED•LOT  November 2017 15 u

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