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No-Frills Feedlot
Tim Gogerty uses some cost-cutting ideas to offset sky-high prices for feeder cattle.
1.  He buys 350-lb. calves and feeds them to about 650 lbs. (Lighter cattle and less time on feed better match his facilities and his bank loans.)
2.  To reduce ration costs, he mixes haylage with corn screenings, which usually contain more kernel hearts and nutritive value than shelled corn. This year’s haylage is winter rye, chopped in the early head stage for maximum nutrition. He followed the late May rye harvest with drilled soybeans.
3.  Gogerty’s 200-head backgrounding operation includes separate pens for newly shipped-in calves to check for respiratory problems.
4. His low-overhead facilities include bale bunkers, electric pen fences, and a remodeled, unused farrowing house.
5. His low-overhead management includes hiring custom operators to plant and harvest crops on his 120-acre farm, instead of buying his own equipment.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Tim Gogerty, 33094 K. Ave., Hubbard, Iowa 50122 (ph 641 487-7825).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #6