Cattle producers have long known the importance of properly caring for their animals. At every stage of cattle development and processing – from the cow-calf operation to the feedyard – improving animal-handling practices will lead to more successful cattle operations.
In the Exercising Cattle segment from CreatingConnections, experts discuss the importance of working cattle at a feedyard.
Through the years, Scott Keeling, owner of Keeling Cattle Feeders, had to “move with the times,” adjusting his business model to accommodate a changing industry. He started out feeding about 75 percent customer-owned cattle, 25 percent his own. Now those numbers are almost inverted. “It’s not 75/25 the other way, but it can sure be 60/40 at times,” he says. Taking on that risk and expense himself has become a necessity. “It’s really become tough and the capital requirements are high,” he says. “Some people
Communities – both far and near – depend on cattle producers to feed the world and stimulate the economy. As business leaders, it’s important for cattle producers to connect with their community and volunteer with local youth.
In many situations, the best way to learn is by watching an expert perform the task. In the Master in Action instructional video from CreatingConnections, cattle producers can learn from animal-handling expert, Tom Noffsinger, D.V.M.