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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Food for thought. That's a good w ay to look at this issue of FEED• LOT magazine. When we put to- gether each issue of this publica- t ion, our goal is to provide editorial that will help you make money, save money or contribute to your operation. The articles in the November issue do that, but in a way that we hope will trigger s o m e t h i n k i n g o n your part. Two of those arti- cles come from the Feeding Quality Fo- rum. FEED• LOT is proud to be a part of that meeting that was held in August, and it was definitely thought provoking. Ed Greiman drew on his work as chair of the National Cattlemen's Beef Associ- ation (NCBA) Cattle Marketing Committee talking about price dis- covery. In an era where premiums are king, how do we know what's fair for average? Where is the base price that premiums are based on? With trades limited to just an hour or two during the week, the futures market is driven by other factors w hich increase volatility. Ed offers some things to think about. Another speaker, Doug Stanton w ith IMI Global, shared his knowl- edge on marketing op- portunities beyond our borders and the steps it takes to get there. Doug's take-home message – don't just assume because you know the history of the cattle they will be eligible for overseas markets. Documen- tation is key. You've got to think things out ahead of time. A topic that is sure to catch your attention if you're a "magazine browser" is the story on page 10: Why Antibiotcs Fail. It's easy to blame a bottle when cattle don't turn around after a shot. Cowboy coffee shop talk often centers around what drug is "working." Dr. Michelle Arnold explores why some products appear not to be. Multiple underlying factors con- tribute to antibiotic success, in- cluding animal husbandry and choosing the correct product b ased on the structure of bacteria. We hope her article will make you think about antibiotic selection a nd if you're doing your part to sup- port the product. As the year draws to a close, you might be thinking about tax-related purchases. This issue offers tips on buying large equipment, as well as maintaining large equipment and making necessary repairs without contaminating parts. Lastly, we are taking the oppor- tunity to pay tribute to Dr. Jim Sprague. He passed away this fall after a lengthy career in the cattle feeding industry as a nutritionist. Although he was retired when we started working together 20 years ago, his desire to educate and help cattle feeders never waned. I spent many afternoons at his kitchen table – him with typed thoughts he wanted to get to convey, and my- self with an editor's pencil to smooth out his well-founded ideas. His articles were a favorite of read- ers for many years. Dr. Sprague always offered food for thought, just like this issue. I think he would approve. FL 4 FEED•LOT  November 2017 Beyond the cover EDITOR'S DESK 1-800-536-8438 "We can customize a system to meet your needs." ❖ Platform Scales (10 sizes/self-contained) ❖ Single Animal Weigh Cage (self-contained) ❖ Single Animal Scales (under squeeze chutes) ❖ Portable Calf Scales (3 designs for various weights) ❖ Hay Processor Scales By JILL J. DUNKEL S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W • Never Miss A Feeding • Works In Any Shape Bunks • Over 35 Years of Proven Performance • Over 1800 Units Sold • Fan Speed 3200 RPMS (speed creates MPH) • Units All Self Contained • Fly Spraying Attachment Available

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