July 2014

CASE IH – Kentucky Herd Expansion Possible with Producers' Efficient Equipment Line

In the last year, Philip Parish and Chris Hooks, who operate P&H Farms near Eddyville, Kentucky, have doubled their cow-calf operation. Their Case IH equipment was an important factor in making the expansion a success.

Bekaert – the RIGHT fence, the FIRST time

Whether you install your own fencing or hire a company to do it for you, one thing is certain — it isn’t a task you want to have to redo every 5, 10, or even 15 years. It only makes common (and fiscal) sense to do it right the first time. When done correctly with the right materials, a high tensile fence can last as long as 50 years and is less maintenance than a traditional fence. In fact, you can build a longer-lasting high tensile fence for about half the price of a conventional low carbon fence. The folks from Bekaert recently discussed some of the basics of fencing with American Cattlemen. They also shared some of their best tips for picking the proper fencing materials for your needs and correctly installing them — and these folks definitely know what they are talking about.

Varco Pruden Buildings – Delivering Long-Term Value to Farmers

For more than 60 years, agricultural business owners, ranchers, farmers, facilities managers and construction specifiers have relied on Varco Pruden (VP) Buildings to provide effective and affordable building solutions.Agriculture has been one of the company’s key market categories since its inception. VP Buildings provides steel building solutions for all types of agricultural facilities. From barns and equipment buildings to animal breeding buildings and hay storage facilities, VP Builders are well equipped to provide design and construction solutions for agricultural structures.

BRITESPAN Building Systems: Living the Dream (one step at a time)

For 46-year-old Brian Weidner cattle producer and farmer near rural Newton, Illinois, he is living the dream of his childhood. “As a kid, I was always plowing in the sandbox,” Weidner says with a chuckle. “My dad always had livestock, and all I ever wanted to do was raise cattle and be a grain farmer.”

REDI Driver: The Post Driver Cattlemen Trust

Cattlemen, would you like to have energy left after a day of driving pasture and range posts? Would you like to use the same drivers that commercial fence contractors use?
If you answered yes, then the REDI Driver is for you.
“Our customers spoke and we listened,” said Lorri Evans of REDI Driver, Inc. “Being fence contractors ourselves, we knew cattlemen had a need for a more versatile gas-powered post driver that didn’t limit them to a post size of only 2-3/8". Ranchers need to be able to drive posts from t-posts up to 2-7/8", all with one simple convenient driver, so we created the new REDI Driver Boss.”

Beef Industry Sustainability

Sustainability is a word we hear a lot in the beef industry these days. Some of the nation’s largest buyers of beef are heavily focused on the topic right now and I don’t think it’s a topic that will go away any time soon. You’ve no doubt heard McDonald’s plan to source verified sustainable beef by 2016. Walmart is also developing plans to ensure the sustainability of its beef supply chain.

TMR Corner:Which type of TMR mixer is right for you?

Go to any farm equipment show, or “surf” the internet, and you will see there are a wide range of makes and models of TMR mixer on the market today, which can make selecting the right one for you a bit confusing. In this issue we will look at the origin and key differences between the two main classifications of mixers that are available today, namely, Horizontal and Vertical mixers.