Feed Lot

APR-MAY 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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18 FEED•LOT April/May 2018 STOCKER SPECIAL one paddock system to another. He suggests using HDPE (high-density polyethylene) roll pipe. These "plastic" pipes can be rolled on a reel and unrolled somewhere else. "Big reels can be obtained in- expensively from cable companies that have leftover spindle reels. You can roll the reel over the top of the pipe and gather it that way, but I created an adaptation with plates on my bale unroller on my tractor. I hook that into a reel to roll it up, and pick it up with the tractor to move it around," he explains. "There are several different types of fittings that will work if you have to roll it back up. Some you tighten with a wrench, or you can use barbed fittings with hose clamps. With hose clamps, always use two, and go opposite ways with Rotating livestock through pas- tures, providing recovery time for parcels recently grazed, can greatly increase pasture production. The drawback for many producers is having to move the temporary fencing and to provide water in each small pasture. Portable wa- ter tanks improve the flexibility of rotational grazing systems, being easy to move, and provide an in- expensive way to get water to all of the paddocks. Portable tanks can be created from plastic barrels or purchased inexpensively and in a variety of sizes—from 50 to 1,000 gallons--at most farm supply stores. Plastic and fiberglass tanks are less expensive and last longer than steel, and are easier to move because they are lighter. The smaller tanks are easi- est to move and often adequate in a rotation system because the cattle in a small area won't be all drinking at the same time. A simple over-the- ground system of hoses or flexible pipe can often work during summer when it's not vulnerable to freezing, according to Ian Gerrish, at Cobb Creek Farm in Hillsboro, Texas. Gerrish has a cattle operation and also partners in a fence and water system business. He says many producers are reluctant to invest in a permanent system on leased pasture. A portable system can be taken to your next place or from R 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 PORTABLE WATER SYSTEMS MAKE ROTATIONAL GRAZING EASIER BY HEATHER SMITH THOMAS Risers located throughout the pastures offer easy access to water.

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