We just recently marketed our yearling steers. I couldn’t help but think when loading these fellows how much blood, sweat and tears go into a year’s worth of production. It has taken our operation years to be able to market a full load of uniform, home-raised steers.
Our cows are mainly red angus with a touch of beefmaster. We calve on a 60-90 days calving season. I have learned the hard way that you can manage or be managed. With our operation being so diverse, we are forced into time and resource management. So a cow in our operation is going to have to do her duty, or we find her a new home.
We are also sending chickens to be processed this week. It takes 54-56 days from the time they hatch until harvest at 7.5-8 pounds.
No, we don’t feed hormones or steroids. When my dad started the poultry operation, it took 40-plus days for birds to reach 4 pounds. Modern advancement with regards to nutrition, genetics, housing and management have become micro-managed to allow for rapid growth and performance.
Our houses are computer controlled and they provide a near-perfect environment inside, no matter the outside temperature or conditions. Our birds are happy, happy, happy or we don’t make a profit! We are monitored by Tyson throughout the growout. We all take pride in maintaining proper animal husbandry practices.