If you’re in the cattle feeding business, you know how tight margins are. With feed costs continuing to be expensive and feeder prices looking toward potential record highs this year, the importance of improving feed efficiency becomes magnified. Watching cattle struggle through wet pens to get to that feed in the spring can be hard to watch when you consider all that energy that should be going towards growth being burned up just to move through the mud.
That was one of the reasons for the development of the Hoop Beef System. It’s a cattle shelter system that seeks to take weather out of the equation to let cattle focus on growth instead of battling their environment. According to some national benchmarking data, the Hoop Beef System can provide up to 17% improvement in feeding efficiency.
I spoke to Tim Bickett at NCBA 2012 about the system and what it can mean to producers.
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