We’ve all heard the famous quote, “failing to plan is planning to fail,” and this advice holds true when it comes to implementing successful protocols in your feedyard.
At Foster Feed Yard, transparency is more than just a popular buzz-word, and Jesse Larios eagerly describes how the operation walks-the-walk. “The feedyard is a nutrient recycling enterprise,” Larios says. “Corn, wheat, alfalfa and sugar beets raised on Foster land are fed to the cattle to make protein for human consumption.”
Once the member feedyards of Beef Marketing Group (BMG) had agreed to market their cattle together, the next step was to develop a relationship with one packer, rather than gather bids every week. First that packer was Excel, then IBP (now Tyson). “Bruce Bass [head cattle buyer for IBP] and I put the agreement together in 1993,” says Lee Borck, BMG’s chairman of the board. “I still have the original agreement hanging on my wall.”
For Joe Morgan, general manager at Poky Feeders, keeping communication open with all those employees is a priority. There are quarterly company lunches where employees can mingle and quarterly employee meetings to encourage that communication.
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