Feed Lot

APR 2013

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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FEEDLOT FOCUS Slatted floors and a high pressure fire hose make the facility easy to clean. Safer. Calmer. Better... from previous page system lowers stress on the cattle. ���They get nervous when they see somebody in there,��� he explains. ���But the gates don���t spook them. They start moving when they see them coming.��� The system runs animals through in bunches of 10 to 12 with the next group ushered into the tub as one group leaves. Cattle exit the chute sorted by size and sex. The system is constantly under development, according to Thramer. The second tub features improvements on the first one, like additional gates. More lighting has been added to the work area. And Thramer found the cattle respond better to solid gates than the openfaced variety. ���They just stand there and let the gate hit them,��� he says. And the system satisfies the initial mission. ���Our worker���s comp claims are down,��� says Thramer. ���It���s a safer FL way to work.��� Circle No. 107 on Reply 8 Circle No. 106 on Reply FEED���LOT April/May 2013

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