July 2009

Selecting a Cattle Feedlot Site

Curt Zimmerman believes the cattle industry is starting to return to the Midwest—and he’s here to help.“Not that it’s ever left entirely,” says Zimmerman, who is livestock development supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. “But we get more and more calls and inquiries from the western and southern state operators who are looking to relocate. The ability to grow feedstuffs and convert that into some value-added meat, whether it be beef, pork, poultry, or milk, is getting to be more and more attractive; we’ve had more cows in the state of Minnesota than we’ve had since 2002. The profit picture is not as rosy,” he acknowledges, “but we’re hoping that will change really quickly.”