In many cases, more detailed assessment tools can help determine the answers or address any shortfalls. For assistance with whole farm planning and budgeting, check out the ISU Extension Ag Decision Maker Web site, https://
Human resource questions Business management, as well as cattle management and labor skills, are essential for a successful cattle feeding enterprise.
Cattle fattening ensures that the cattle express their full potential for growth.
Confinement of beef cattle in pens is meant to ensure that the genetic coding of the beasts is fully expressed in their growth and to minimize weight loss through movement. Over 80 000 metric tonnes of beef are consumed every month in South Africa.
• If the feeding operation is more than 1,000-head capacity, can requirements of a NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit be met?
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• Does the site allow pens and solids settling basins to be separated from wells by at least 400 feet (1,000 feet for public wells)?
Many farmers are now considering starting or growing an operation in order to bring in the next generation or to simply take advantage of the large supply of distillers grains from ethanol production, he said.
“With important investments such as this, it is important that they plan carefully and do not do something they will regret later,” Lawrence said.
Drainage diversion of clean water uphill from the lot?
• Does the site have good separation from streams, ponds and lakes, or is there sufficient ground available (size about equal to that of the feedlot area) preferably below the site that can be used for runoff infiltration or as a holding basin?