Feed Lot

SEP-OCT 2018

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•LOT September/October 2018 41 www.FEEDLOTMAGAZINE.com Looking for information? Come to Feed•Lot Magazine first. Search back issues and articles. Visit feedlotmagazine.com Creating a sustainable family farm was the goal of the Coombe brothers. Over the years, Thunder View Farms has exceeded their ex - pectations. The family is proud of the operation, but they are prouder of what they have done to protect the land from development, pre- serving it for generations to come. Established in 1991 by the Na- tional Cattlemen's Beef Associa- tion to recognize outstanding land stewards in the cattle industry, ESAP is generously sponsored by Corteva Agriscience, ™ the Agricul- ture Division of DowDuPont; ™ Mc- Donald's; USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and the National Cattlemen's Foundation. This year's regional winners will compete for the national award, which will be announced during the Annual Cattle Industry Convention in New Orleans, La., in February 2019. FL To supplement their electrical needs, the Coombe family built a wind turbine and installed solar panels. These systems provide enough electricity to operate the farm shop and their freezer beef business. Selling their quality beef to consumers lets Thunder View Farms share their conservation story with the public. "People that buy our beef really like to come to the farm and see the cattle and the green grass," said Ric Coombe. "They appreciate it and it makes a loyal customer for a very long time."

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