livestock

Priefert A Legacy of Innovation.

Few families have influenced the livestock handling industry as significantly as the Priefert family from Mount Pleasant, Texas. For half a century, the Prieferts have been designing, building, and marketing cattle handling equipment, and, in the process, changing the way the American rancher handles cattle. Marvin Priefert founded Priefert Manufacturing in 1964 with the invention of the first fully front-opening headgate. 50 years later, Marvin’s son Bill, and his grandsons, Eddie, Nate, and Travis, still own and operate the family business, with the goal of continuing to improve upon the design and functionality of today’s livestock handling equipment.

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.

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.”

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.

HORIZONTAL TMR MIXERS

U.S. CUSTOM HARVESTERS HERE FOR YOU

In the cattle and crop industries, the one predictable thing is that the unpredictable will happen. This is especially true for cattlemen growing their own forage crops.

PLANTING FOR SUCCESS Byron Seeds Plans for the Future

It’s not about the money. I don’t think anyone who farms would say that they do it for the money. Not that money isn’t important, it’s just that people who farm are motivated by something far deeper than just money.

GREAT PEOPLE, GOOD BRANGUS & NEW MEXICO THE MATCH FOR SUCCESS

In the Brangus world, everyone knows the Brinks Brangus and Camp Cooley names. Although that herd was dispersed in 2010, the Brinks Brangus cattle, name and tradition of performance-based cattle live on at Westall Ranches near Arabela, New Mexico.

BRANGUS GENETICS OFFER HETEROSIS FOR REBUILDING THE NATION’S COWHERD

The Brangus breed, a 3/8 Brahman and 5/8 Angus composite, was developed to utilize the superior traits of Angus and Brahman cattle. This two breed combination resulted in a breed that unites the traits of two highly successful parent breeds. The Brahman, through rigorous natural selection, developed disease resistance, overall hardiness and outstanding maternal instincts. 

Are there concerns or limits for adding liquids to a TMR mixer?

When this column started, we encouraged our readers to forward their comments, questions and suggestions for topics to us by email at the address given at the end of the column. We thank you for the communications received to date, to which we reply directly. Starting with this issue, we will occasionally share with you an expanded response that was inspired by a noteworthy question.

CATTLE WHISPERER Pointers for Effective Stockmanship

Safe and effective cattle handling has always been important. In the last few years there has been a move toward what has been called low-stress handling or as we prefer to call it a return to sound, effective stockmanship. The animal industries must not tolerate any form of abusive behavior or handling of livestock. The culture of handling on any operation originates from upper management and is expressed by the workers on the ground.

 

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