Gene Johnston talks with Allen Jackson with Micro Beef Technologies about some of the new tools the company has developed for ranchers, including electronic ID auditing and tagging to get U.S. beef eligible to enter some tight export markets.I'm here at the cattle industry convention talking to Alan Jackson -- -- at -- How your business that might be it's very far ranging thing they tell me what what where you can -- the day of hard -- and had pain relief agency on their arms and you help them. Change we may have been developed. Programs -- -- -- Plus your case. Which allows
A locally strong feed ration
Van Waardhuizen talks about his feeding ration, which includes wet gluten from an area corn processing facility. When mixed with other ingredients, the wet gluten ration is similar to corn silage, but at a lower cost, he says.17% moisture. No way we can now we don't have to have special facilities for holding the course. And only purchase what gluten. From our right now it's coming from Cedar Rapids . And we put in as Federer 150% -- gluten. And that. There's a real nice died as -- back to the diet that's probably the biggest reason we put the gluten and plus the prices. Makes corn more economical. Then we had and a ground corn stocks . And that's basically -- -- The -- -- more like silent you know because the sides ration has moisture and it. And
Advantages of the small feedlot
Keith Van Waardhuizen of Oskaloosa, Iowa, talks about why he feels his attention to detail and feed cost advantages make him a tough competitor for the bigger commercial feedlots of the Great Plains.
Close attention to the pens
One of the advantages of operating a smaller feedyard like his, Van Waardhuizen says, is his ability to keep a close eye on his cattle. He spends time while he's feeding and afterwards each day watching his cattle for any signs of sickness.haven't been watched him you know you can usually tell for somebody there couple days in a -- is that it's obvious. Because cattle -- -- -- -- not I get down I'll back up and
Future of the farm
There is opportunity for his operation to continue well into the future, Van Waardhuizen says, but it will take a new generation dedicated to the business in order for that to happen.
Hot topics for cattlemen
Ghent, New York, cattleman Phil Trowbridge talks with Agriculture.com's Gene Johnston about his Angus operation in upstate New York and what topics are of highest interest this week at the National Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, Texas.Well -- -- your own form. I think you'll be you'll -- New York . Learn to deal was. -- thing. But actually what -- -- -- And down on hey -- -- what things were theygeneral whether it's been pretty miserable everywhere this year I was in New York . You're here it's this we're gonna use this. Country. We'll have a little extra hole lectures will go to. Really it's it's
Feeding his own corn
With corn prices on the rise in recent months, it's become a challenge for Van Waardhuizen to continue feeding his own corn. But, he says the cattle market has adjusted as well, and while prices may be higher, profit margins are typically about the swhen Peter -- as I started -- kids -- 6080 cents. Back cattle market was 67 cents so we've shifted up. The margins still about the thing.
Catching up with Baxter Black
Gene Johnston catches up with cowboy poet and rancher Baxter Black at the recent National Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, Texas.But Gene Johnson cattle and mention where in San Antonio . And -- -- run into today. And they're one of our favorite people every child in -- -- Baxter black I mean