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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Tips to Winterize Large Equipment Check owner's manuals for w interizing suggestions specific to your equipment. Winterize your fuel. Diesel fu- els can gel in cold weather, so it's important to use a winter blend diesel or fuel additives to keep your engines running. Change oil. If items will be stored , clean engine oil reduces internal engine corrosion during storage. Clean or replace all air filters, replace fuel filters, lubricate bear- ings to maximize the life of your equipment. Check antifreeze for the cor- rect temperature. If the antifreeze is older, change it out. Check tire pressure when the weather cools off and inflate to the recommended pressure to re- duce sidewall damage. Clean equipment. Do not store during winter with dirt, manure, etc. Moisture that collects with dirt and manure can freeze and expand, damaging equipment and promoting rust. Store components raised or on blocks to prevent rust. Hydraulic cylinders should not be stored fully extended. As tem- peratures increase, hydraulic oil will be confined and high pres- sure may cause damage to the hy- draulic system. Compressed air is good to clean hard-to-reach places. It can also be helpful after washing to dry sur- faces. Operate machinery for 10 to 20 minutes to help shed excess water from hard to reach places. Batteries not used in the winter should be stored. Even a small current drain can eventually dis- charge batteries and cause them to freeze in cold weather. Clean all connections and coat termi- nals with a thin layer of grease to prevent corrosion. Source: Utah State Extension FL FEED•LOT  November 2017 19

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