When you are measuring your animal performance
and returns, you become skilled at knowing what works and what doesn’t. Making sure that all of the variables are
covered every day is one of the best ways to lower your risk and ensure long
Principled best management
practices for superior performance.
The commercial cattle
feeding process begins with the movement of cattle from producer (ranchers,
farmers or calf ranch) and the auction market to the feedyard. Cattle are received 24 hours a day, 365 days
a year, at facilities specifically designed to properly receive cattle.
As part of your best
practice standards, cattle are unloaded, examined for problems, counted and
moved to a receiving pen with fresh hay and water readily available. This helps the cattle to start their process
for superior health and performance.
weight of the cattle, time or arrival, observations of cattle, origin and
condition of the cattle is recorded and an animal health program specifically
designed for those types of cattle begins.
All animal health programs are designed and approved by Dr. Tom Latta
before administered. Health programs are
based on type, origin, breed, and previous animal health history of the
cattle. A standard program includes,
implanting, assignment, attachment of a permanent lot ID number which also has
an individual ID number, deworming, and
vaccination. In cases of highly stressed
cattle, an antibiotic can be prescribed by Dr. Latta at this time. The cattle are then assigned a permanent pen
where hay, fresh water and starter ration awaits the cattle. Cattle that are highly stressed or small may
be assigned to a pen that has a wind break and barn built into the pen for
increased care and protection from the weather.
Cattle are then fed a finish ration based on a schedule that includes a
combination of nutritional science and feeding expertise that is overseen by
our nutritionist, Jim Simpson.
The bunk reader is
critical to achieving maximum cattle performance. Bunk reader technology observes cattle and
bunks several times daily, including checks at night as well, to ensure feed is
distributed in uniform and consistent manner.
The amount fed is electronically recorded for every pen at each
feeding. The goal is to obtain maximum
consumption 24 hours a day.
Rations are scientifically
formulated on a least cost theory and completely manufactured in our modern
feed mill. Our mill has the most modern grain processing equipment, computer
ration batching and mixing system available.
Feed quality control is strictly maintained by testing all incoming
ingredients as well as the finished products.
We are proud of our highly
trained cowboys at the feedyard. They
have many years of experience, with many of over 20 years all at our yard. Pens are ridden daily to observe, pull and
treat sick cattle immediately. Sick
cattle are moved through a treatment program based on the specific diagnoses
then moved to a recovery pen that allows the animal to readjust to ration and
environmental conditions similar to their own pens. Cattle that have trouble with the recovery
process or require additional treatment can be moved to our state of the art
pasture and restart area to avoid railers and addition death loss
To achieve the best animal
stewardship and feed conversion, we use well-designed feed bunks to ensure
timely feeding. Water tanks are cleaned on a
timely basis. All of our waters are
continuous flow design for fresh water at all times. A number of pens are equipped with barns and
wind breaks built into the pens. Pen drainage
is superb and the yard is cleaned continuously, which can improve cattle
performance by up to 20 percent.
We participate in a
variety of marketing, value added and assurance programs that require us to
practice best-management practices for feeding, nutrition, animal health,
identification, shelter, and cattle handling.
We have a continuous training program for all employees to insure that
your cattle are never mistreated, mishandled or harmed in any way.
Sales of finished cattle
are an integral part of commercial cattle feeding. USA Feedyard is ideally located within a
three hour drive of six major packers with a combined capacity of over 30,000
per day. We use any market strategy that
will bring you the maximum price for your cattle. Our reputation for quality, honesty, and
consistency allows us to receive top dollar for our finished cattle.