Importance of Teamwork at Every Stage of Beef Production

(Jamie) Welcome back to Farm Factor! Next we’ll learn about the importance of commitment at every stage of beef production.
(Bob) Nebraska’s Darr Feedlot aims for what the market wants: a safe, humanely handled, upper two-thirds Choice, yield-grade 2 beef carcass. Manager John Schroeder says getting there takes the whole team. (Schroeder) So, the level of detail is important at every step. And it all starts with employee engagement. And, when it comes to riding pens, we need to make sure that we do all those details: the timing of how we vaccinate and keep animal health and care, and how we look at those cattle and care for them every day. When it comes to the feed bunk, we want to make sure that every handful of feed is exactly the same of what we designed for all the cattle in that pen. (Bob) Their job is to help cattle reach their genetic potential, and each day is important. (Schroeder) We’ve found that marbling is an opportunity every day, that we get a chance to put a marbling point in, so to say. And if we take care of that animal, put them into a spot where his energy requirements are high enough to meet skeletal bone growth, muscle growth and add in some fat, we will put marbling in first. If we put in more than that amount of energy, we’re going to start layering in some outside back fat. (Bob) Creating that perfect animal also requires teamwork with their rancher suppliers. Darr works to provide feedlot and carcass data that cattlemen can put to use. (Schroeder) The big challenge today is to put that data in a format that challenges people to change what they’re currently doing and understand where are they at now, where do they want to go, and what types of things can we do and measure that change? (Bob) The right ranch and feedyard-level choices will keep improving beef and the beef business as a whole, he says. I’m Bob Cervera.
(Jamie) Thanks for joining us. I’m your host Jamie Bloom and I hope you enjoyed today’s show. See you next week on Farm Factor – we’re here every Tuesday on AGam in Kansas.

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