Category: Feedlot

Feedlot Employees Tweet Experiences Raising Cattle

During the past few years, I’ve frequently shared my experience working in and with a cattle feedlot. From a young age, my family sent our cattle to feedlots in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles and our Spring Break “vacation” involved a drive to Amarillo to see those cattle. During college, I had the opportunity to […]

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Caring for Feedlot Cattle During a Winter Storm

When winter storms strike, livestock farmers and ranchers do a number of things to prepare, not only for their home and family but also for their livestock before the storm hits. On occasion, these storms strike with such a fury, that impacts may be catastrophic and historic in nature. Even in a cattle feedlot.   […]

Explaining Aerial Images | What Happens in a Cattle Feedlot

What’s really going on in the cattle feedlot you see on television or in google aerial images? Google cattle feedlot aerial photos and you come up with a number of results that describe the “horrors of industrial beef”. People like to make these images out to be scary and damaging for conventional cattle operations. Even […]

People Behind The Beef | What Happens in a Cattle Feedlot

(In case you missed it, check out the first part of this series about my introduction to feedlots as a kid to learn where my interest for feeding cattle began.) During the next few years, my interest in the cattle business grew even stronger. I focused on college courses in nutrition and managing feedlot cattle. […]

My Introduction As A Kid | What Happens In A Cattle Feedlot

So what really takes place at a cattle feedlot? Many folks refer to these places of business as factory farms. There is strong fascination among activist groups to uncover acts of cruelty and abuse from these locations, not only animal abuse, but irrevocable harms to the surrounding environment and communities. I have been lucky enough […]

Antibiotics Use in Cattle Feedlots | Ask A Farmer

Last week, I brought forward some Food For Thought on the issue of antibiotic use in livestock. The concerns surrounding an increase in antibiotic resistance seem to raise a lot of emotion and controversy around our food supply, just as the use of other feed additives, chemicals, herbicides, and countless other technologies and applications of […]

Beta Agonists and Cattle Feeding | Ask a Farmer

Feed ingredients in cattle diets vary between each and every farm and they are all used for a specific reason. This summer, a few questions have been raised about one particular feed ingredient, a beta agonist called zilpaterol. I want to share some educational links on the topic. We all have a choice of what […]

Are feedlot cattle fed antibiotics and hormones? | Ask a Farmer

Due to a large amount of criticism and misrepresentation of the facts, many people have expressed mixed ideas about the use of antibiotics and hormones for feedlot cattle farming and ranching. I have spent a large portion of my life getting well-acquainted with all stages of raising beef cattle and have a few thoughts and […]

Cattle Feedlots and the Environment | Ask a Farmer

I had an interesting conversation with a young woman from a Journalism class a few weeks ago who asked to interview me about Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) in livestock production, specifically environmental concerns. A Meat Science professor had recommended me since I have spent most of my life acquainted with cattle feeding – my […]

What do feedlot cattle eat? | Ask a Farmer

I have had several conversations where folks assume that grain-finished cattle have little to no access to grass. That is not the complete truth and many are surprised to learn just how short the period is that those cattle remain in the feedlot. The majority of the animal’s life is on pasture. Recently I have […]

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