Feed Lot

DEC 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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MANAGEMENT By DON TYLER 18 FEED•LOT  December 2017 "Sacred Cows" is a term that gets used for a variety of descrip- tions. It might describe the origi- nal use of the phrase, where ani- mals in some parts of the world are deemed sacred, worth more than anything else and are allowed to roam free. Anyone that harms them is punished. The term Sacred Cow is actually an idiom of American origin dating back to the mid 1800's to describe these animals. The phrase is now commonly used to refer to a person, organiza- tion, institution, program, etc. con- sidered to be exempt from criti- cism or questioning. Sacred Cows can be found anywhere. I once took over management of a live- stock operation where the owner was sentimental about some of his original equipment, especially an old tandem truck and a 970 Case tractor. Though they weren't being used, they were taking up a lot of space in a machine shed that I wanted to use for other storage. When I asked about them, the man- agers of other parts of his business said that those were not to be moved. I really needed that space. Without asking, I charged up the batteries of both, put in some fresh fuel, aired up the tires, started them up and pulled them out into the driveway. I gave them a much-needed bath, cleaned out the cab of the tandem, and fixed a couple cosmetic things that made them look like they were ready for the field again. I left them there for a couple days so that peo- ple could see them, especially the owner. Without saying anything else, I took them down the Sacred Cows

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