There’s been an increased buzz lately in the animal protein world following the January 5th 60 Minutes segment on antibiotics in hog production. The consumer is demanding a reduction in antibiotics in food production. But what are the effects of antibiotic withdrawal on animals?
Harvest 2019 was a tough one for many Midwest farmers. While some were lucky enough to avoid the rains, others faced a stop-start game managing to get in the field intermittently over the course of a very prolonged harvest period.
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Many are lauding the passage of the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), a trade agreement which replaces NAFTA when it comes to trading with our neighbors to the south and north. The dairy and poultry industries are the big winners on our sides of the border, and the changes are bringing stability that will help dairy and poultry producers plan more securely for their futures.
Yes, we’re still talking about African Swine Fever (ASF) because it not only affects the pork industry, the poultry industry is benefitting from markets gained due to downturn in pork markets.
The US poultry industry has recorded an all-time low for worker injury and illness within the industry’s slaughter and processing workforce. Figures released in November show an 84% decline in illness and injury over the past 25 years.
Every day, 33 children sustain agriculture-related injuries. Every three days, a child dies because of an agriculture-related incident. That’s according to the National Ag Safety Database which reports the number of farm-accident fatalities is not declining in proportion to the decline in farm population, partly because of the increasing average age of people on farms.
It may just be January, but the United States Agriculture Department (USDA) Foreign Ag Service has already lined up seven trade missions.
There’s nothing like a cup of cocoa, tea, or coffee when you come in from outside on one of these chilly December days. That fresh cup helps warm us up and restores us almost magically! That’s because it helps raise our body temperature, restoring warmth that the cold weather took away.
In late November, Michigan became the fifth state to require that all egg-laying hens in Michigan be kept in cage-free systems and the sale of non-cage-free eggs end by December 2024. Notably, thus far, Michigan is the largest egg-producing state in the U.S. to adopt cage-free legislation – coming in at seventh place for egg production.
REMINGTON, INDIANA (December 11, 2019) – Since 1997, Settje Agri-Services and Engineering, Inc. (SASE) has worked to become a premier provider for livestock systems engineering and design, construction, manure marketing, and environmental compliance. Our unique combination of skills, experience, and focus on delivering a quality solution to our customers continues to provide us with opportunities for growth and strategic alliances within the livestock production sector.
If you subscribe to the predictions of the Farmers’ Almanac, we are going to have a colder than usual winter. The worst of this year’s bitter cold winter will affect the eastern part of the Rocky Mountains all the way to the Appalachians. So, will you be prepared to mitigate the cold upon your cattle?
In a letter to his daughter, Ben Franklin suggested that the turkey would be an ideal official symbol of the United States. This truly noble bird does play an important part in U.S. diets and our family traditions. According to the National Turkey Federation, turkey production in the United States has increased nearly 110 percent since 1970.
It is a fact. Farmers are under stress. According to the American Psychological Association, many farmers are under intense stress. They note that calls to Farm Aid’s farmer hotline increased by 100% between 2017 and 2018. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 111 million people live in areas with shortages of access to mental health professionals.
Eighteen farmers from a broad region of across southeast Ireland recently visited Hadley Farms in Cambridge, Illinois to see the beef farm owned and operated by Al and Karen Lyman. Monoslope building technology is not new to Irish farmers, but the quality, detail, size, and scale of the facilities and the operation impressed them.
University of Illinois researchers have recently developed the first of its kind high-resolution map of the U.S. food supply chain. An impressive 9.5 million county-by-county connections show how food and feedstuffs flow between counties. It includes movement of grains, fruits and vegetables, animal feed, and processed food items.
Some of you know Summit Livestock from their reputation for excellence. Some know Summit Livestock for their innovation in building design. Summit Livestock go beyond the traditional approach to buildings to provide innovative, game-changing solutions to protein producers.
Access to and retention of workers continues to be one of the top issues challenging the agriculture industry – and the poultry supply chain is no exception.
USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announced there are 77.7 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms – up 3 percent from September 2018, and up 3 percent from June 1, 2019. The numbers were released in the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published September 30.
If you visit the National Pork Board web site, you can download a number of tasty recipes to celebrate what the Board calls “Porktober”. So be ready to serve up some yummy meals.
Time is running short, but if you are a Farm Bureau member and have a value-added protein production or processing idea, you can apply for the American Farm Bureau Federation 2020 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. The deadline for application is October 14. Entrepreneurs will compete for $145,000 in startup funds.
Seems you can buy anything from Amazon, including a chicken house. Amazon may be the answer to the hobby chicken breeder, but let’s face it, you need seasoned and experienced engineers to design and build a facility to house large broiler operations.
Summertime may be coming to a close, but vacations are still on some folk’s radar screens. What’s that got to do with producing animal protein? If you are planning a vacation outside the U.S. you are in a precarious position to bring home something foreign. Be careful of the souvenirs that travel home with you.
Labor management is one of the most challenging factors in profitable swine production. But new tools used to assess employees within their working environment provide valuable insights into optimizing worker satisfaction and performance – factors that directly and positively impact farm performance.
A Summit Livestock monoslope can help keep cattle cooler in the high heat and humidity conditions faced in late summer. Summit’s designs offer cattle producers options that help improve airflow, minimize the intensity of sunlight and optimize shade. Many cattle producers applaud their buildings for allowing them to manage more stock more easily and more safely.
Go online. It’s amazing that you don’t have to look just local for a job in livestock and protein production.
A new online tool can help farmers and ranchers find information on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) farm loans that may best fit their operations. USDA has launched the new Farm Loan Discovery Tool as the newest feature on farmers.gov, the Department’s self-service website for farmers.
Swine producers are welcoming the return to profitable prices – largely due to increase exports to markets historically serviced by China and to China. The African Swine Fever continues to cut into China herd losses, creating a greater demand to fill production holes.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Labor management is one of the most challenging factors in profitable swine production. But new tools used to assess employees within their working environment provide valuable insights into optimizing worker satisfaction and performance – factors that directly and positively impact farm performance.
Alternative meats and protein sources have been surfacing on the market at a greater rate over the last decade. Even Burger King and Del Taco have introduced plant-based meat options. Are you ready for the next protein?
USDA is inviting you to become a Flock Defender. The U.S. poultry industry is one of the largest in the world and an important sector of our agricultural economy. Keeping birds safe from infectious disease is a top priority and responsibility for all owners, growers, workers, and enthusiasts involved in raising poultry.
The African Swine Fever is not going away, and its spread continues to keep the dynamics of the industry hopping. Vietnam has culled nearly ten-percent of its pig herd in an effort to contain the disease.
Keeping poultry feet clean, dry and healthy helps improve overall health and well-being of the flock. Footpad dermatitis (FPD) is a condition that causes necrotic lesions on the plantar surface of the footpads in growing broilers and turkeys. Recent research suggests there are a myriad of interacting factors that lead to FPD.
Remember when you were a kid on those hot summer days you went to the back yard and got to turn on the sprinkler? Oh, the refreshing joy! Well, it turns out that cooling broilers with sprinkler systems in their houses just may provide the chickens that same type of refreshing experience.
The 24 states for which the USDA reports milk production are: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Dairy is local. Did you know most people live within 100 miles or less of a local dairy farm? Milk typically travels from farm to store in about 48 hours.
Ohio feedlot operator Dave Lepley was looking for a way to expand his operation while benefiting the environment and improving cattle comfort. Lepley Farms, Bellevue, Ohio has been feeding cattle since 1964 when they started with facilities to feed 300 head of cattle. They thoroughly examined numerous options for building a facility.
June is Dairy Month! It’s a time set aside to acknowledge the women, men and children throughout the country that work together daily to help produce and provide some of the most nutritious and responsibly produced protein products available.
Whether it’s updating, upgrading, or starting fresh, building your operation’s facilities requires time, patience, and access people and resources that can help make the job get done right.
May is considered the official kick off to the outdoor grilling season for many Americans. Statistics provided by the United States Agriculture Department estimate that in 2019, the average American will consume 220.5 pounds of red meat and poultry, up roughly 2 pounds per person as compared to 2018, and 6 pounds per person higher than as recent as 2014.
The 2017 ag census was recently released, and it shows that the highest percentage of total farm expenditures – 15.3 % – is spent on animal feed and that livestock, poultry and related expense take another 11.7 %. Remarkably, tractors and self-propelled farm machinery only account for 3.5 %.
Implementing new technologies in the beef cow herd may help improve reproductive efficiency. Still, according to a new study from the USDA, not many producers are taking advantage of the many tech tools that are proven key performance indicators for herd profitability.
The advantages of hybrid vigor have long been acknowledged in the beef world. Compared to purebred or line-bred systems, the advantages include improvements in areas such as weaning weight, and cow longevity and fertility to name a few.
New research from the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program shows some surprising results. By reducing 27 seconds of milking time, the farms in the research test were able to gain of 15.8 minutes per milking shift. An additional 15 minutes is significant in the parlor as it allows producers to complete another turn of cows at each shift with no additional labor required, no other labor costs, and no detrimental effects on milk production.
There’s a lot that goes on under one roof – especially when that roof is housing livestock. Beyond the livestock, today’s livestock facilities are home to state-of-the-art precision ag technologies and tools help the animals stay secure, healthy, comfortable, and productive. Technologies in use in animal production monitor conditions such as their eating and drinking behaviors, their weight, their temperature, and their movement around the facilities. Each is designed to support animals in a healthy growing environment. These factors combine to improve animal care and health. Also, they help producers monitor, assess, and address animal well-being in a timely manner.
It’s been said before, and it is still worth mentioning it again: a bio-secure building is worth more than the weight inside. With the growing concern to keep African Swine Fever (ASF) from entering the United States, it is even more critical now to make sure your hog facilities are protecting your livestock investment.
Considering cage-free egg production? Here are five tips to help producers address costs and new challenges of switching to a cage-free production environment.
Many U.S. food companies have pledged to move to sourcing eggs raised in cage-free houses by 2025. Consumer demand has influenced many companies including the likes of Wal-Mart, McDonalds, Burger King, Starbucks, Subway, etc., to make the commitment.
Newborn calves are at specific risk for neo-natal bovine diarrhea complex, otherwise known as scours.
A lot of livestock producers we meet tell us they are ready to build. Some say they have been for a long time. They have talked with family. They have set goals. They have reviewed personal assets. They have considered succession. They see a future in growing their operation.
Being equipped in a fire department in a fire protection district means two things: hardware and adequate training. Is your rural fire protection district or fire department firefighters properly trained to fight fires in special circumstances that include livestock?
You can never plan too much into the design of a facility to house your livestock – and especially for fire prevention. Roughly two-thirds of fatal barn fires occur from October to March, according to an October 2018 report from the Animal Welfare Institute, with 36.8% occurring in January through March.
Sometimes, producers get so focused on caring for their animals, they neglect their health, safety, or well-being. Even with the best intentions and layers of coveralls, jackets, gloves, etc., working with livestock is often unpredictable.
Cold stress can have dire consequences when calves three weeks old or younger experience temperatures below 59℉. Too much or too little ventilation and inadequate supply and temperature of nutrition provided are factors that exacerbate cold stress, especially in young calves.
A large amount of research has demonstrated quite convincingly that possessing high levels of self-efficacy acts to decrease people's potential for experiencing negative stress feelings by increasing their sense of being in control of the situations they encounter.
It really is better to ask permission now rather than ask forgiveness later - especially in Illinois and Indiana where you should not stake out a new livestock structure until you have the proper permits approved and in-hand.
In the Chinese culture, don’t expect to begin a business discussion until you have developed a relationship with the others in on the deal. In the United States, according to the Better Business Bureau, business owners were asked what the most critical assets to their businesses were. The answer may be surprising.
Timing is everything. That is what “they” say. We are not sure who “they” are, but time and time again it has proven to be true.
Resolutions...many people use the turn of the calendar and launch of the new year as a moment to pause and plan new goals for the year ahead. For protein producers, examples of goals may look like this:
Farmers want to take the best care of their animals that they can. That goes for pig producers as well. Jon Hoek, Director of Swine Precision Production Development at Summit Precision Production (SPP), notes that pigmanship is a philosophy, an approach to improved pork production.
It is estimated that 33-percent of all farmers are using drones now – either by themselves or third party operators. Drones are a natural in agriculture for crop scouting; but what about as a tool for livestock being raised in confinement?
Late season wet weather in some areas has caused less than ideal harvest conditions for soybeans. That has resulted in a deterioration in soybean seed quality and discolored beans. Soybeans that do not meet the elevator’s requirements are rejected or heavily discounted.
Turkey meat production in the United States during January-September 2018 was 4.36 billion pounds, down about 2 percent from a year earlier. The 2018 turkey production forecast is lowered by 24 million pounds to 5.875 billion pounds, 2 percent below 2017.
For many Summit Livestock producers, once the combines leave the corn fields, a second harvest occurs as corn stover is baled for various uses on the farm or for sale. The baled biomass is used for feed or for bedding. In some cases, it can be used in ethanol production facilities.
Late wet conditions, high winds and disease pressures are contributing factors to a prolonged harvest season for farmers from Missouri to Ohio. Downed corn resulted across hundreds of acres. With some areas reporting that corn is too difficult to combine, many growers are baling the crop.
USDA reports that of the 2.1 million farms in the United States, 97 percent are family owned operations. Small farms with income less than $350,000 in gross cash farm income accounted for eighty-eight percent of all farms.
Agriculture and the job of providing protein to the world gets more complicated each day. And just like the weather you don’t often have control of those factors that affect your bottom line – like trade agreements or passing the Farm Bill (which at the time of this writing has not yet been finalized or signed).
A recent television program on the Columbus Zoo’s Conservation Park focused on moving those species not accustomed to Ohio winters to their winter barns. Among the most challenging to move were the Ostriches who seemed to have a mind of their own.
The statistics are alarming. Farming continues to rank as one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. With only 2.1 million farmers tallied by USDA, the numbers of farm death and injury represent a significant percentage of the farm population.
The beef sales team at Summit Livestock Facilities are more than sales personnel. They each grew up with mud on their boots, chores in their souls and the work ethic required of those who produce a safe and plentiful food supply.
Company consolidation is everywhere – whether it is in the agricultural world (think Monsanto and Bayer or Pioneer and DuPont) – or in the fast food world (think Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut) – it gives customers choices. But more importantly these companies have linked together to combine expertise, to share resources, and to maximize the services they can produce and provide.
EQIP stands for Environmental Quality Incentive Program and is a federal program that is administered at the state level.
Think of it as the blueprint for the laws, regulations and compliance issues necessary to establish your livestock facility. Before any construction begins, livestock producers need to have done their homework. Having all your paperwork in order is now a fundamental part of building a livestock facility. But while some national definitions apply, states, counties and local authorities may have specifics for you to consider.
That’s only part of the question. When considering to build a livestock facility, the real question you need to ask is, “What style of building works best for my operation?”
County fair season is wrapping up and State Fairs are under way across the country. For many livestock producer’s families, that has involved some level of 4-H, FFA or open show competitive events. Our customers’ families are proud contributors to these events and activities in their local communities.
You’re getting ready to investigate – just investigate, not build yet – a new beef facility. But where do you start? How do you find these people? And how do you communicate what your needs are so that they can provide solid guidance and steer you toward the beef facility for your needs, for your geography and for your budget.
Fresh air is a good thing for all of us – humans and bovines alike! Summit Livestock Facilities monoslope buildings have designed many innovative solutions in their facilities. One that our customers appreciate very much is the many advantages that proper airflow brings the operation.
Compliance with local, state and national regulations is a must and a top priority. Requirements, regulations, and permits for seamless operation on a daily basis must be fulfilled and managed to their full and complete extent. Updates and renewals are constant.
Sometimes it’s great to start fresh; with a clean slate, net new. But in reality, that’s not always how livestock production works. Sometimes change means making the old and the new work together.
Dave Lepley (Lepley Farms LLC), from Bellevue, Ohio, shares his perspective on managing his cattle's environment and comfort in a Summit Livestock Facilities gable barn.
There are three basic ways to communicate with cattle: sight, sound and touch. Cattle prefer to communicate through line of sight, so designing a building with a thorough understanding of the links between their eyesight and their movement and behavior is critical.
In 2016, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health examined 130 occupations and found laborers and farm owners had the highest rate of deaths due to stress-related conditions like heart and artery disease, hypertension, ulcers, and nervous disorder.
Originally introduced in the 1996 Farm bill, EQIP (short for Environmental Quality Incentive Program), is still a part of the proposed 2018 Farm Bill. However, an EQIP Improvement Act has been introduced to make changes that will have some impact on livestock producers.
Clark Stoller talks about why his farm in Gridley, Illinois, chose to build a Monoslope Beef Barn instead of some of the other options available.
A building provides shelter. True statement. But just like today’s protein producers, today’s livestock facilities must work smarter and harder to be flexible, more tech-savvy, more informed, and collaborative to allow producers to be profitable, productive and sustainable.
Too much or not enough of any resource can cause producers problems. Water is a big one – essential to life and a resource that continues to require more attention and management.
When summer heat hits, cattle can become stressed when exposed to high temperatures, still air, high humidity, etc. Animal welfare is important to cattle producers. While you cannot control the weather, bringing cattle into a Summit Livestock monoslope facility allows producers to the optimize the environment and mitigate some of the biggest challenges caused by hot weather exposure.
Ashton Gronewold is a cow-calf producer from Carthage, Illinois. Building a Summit Livestock Facilities monoslope has allowed their family’s operation to grow, now involving and supporting several generations.
Cow-calf producers using Summit Livestock Facilities monoslopes can adjust their operations to bringing cows and calves under-roof full-time or part time. Adjusting away from a spring calving season helps cattle producers optimize marketing options. Typically, markets tend to be lowest when supplies are high.
Cow-calf operations on pasture are missing out. They’re missing the harvest of a valuable fertilizer resource...manure. Even with a dry-lot operation, rain and exposure to the elements diminishes the value of manure.
It’s calving season! During February, March and April, roughly 60 percent of nation’s calves are born. Several factors make spring the common season for calving; availability of feed resources, target market and access to labor are just a few.
There’s a growing interest among cow-calf producers in bringing their cow-calf operation under roof. Monoslope facilities provide unique solutions to many production challenges with an indoor-outdoor type environment.
Cow-calf behavior, while it might be subtle, it plays an important role in the health of your herd. And your building can play a critical role in how your animals behave – around each other and alone.
Your building design can influence the control of diseases and parasites. Here are some things to consider.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – March 25, 2018 – Summit Livestock Facilities confirmed its support of Iowa agriculture through a $5,000 investment in the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF).
People in agriculture are hard-wired to get excited when the calendar page turns, and winter departs. But along with the arrival of spring is a not-so welcomed management challenge. It is the very product of those warmer temperatures and spring rains – mud.
Farmers know you can’t do the same thing and expect different results. Protein producers make adjustments in their operations frequently – managing uncertainty in things like the weather, regulations, market prices, etc. But sometimes, as protein producers know, you need to re-think an issue to take advantage of the opportunities at hand, keep up with new ideas offered in production methods, technology, science, etc.
Is the demand for cage-free eggs disrupting technology? Is it causing big producers to abandon technology they have been using for the last 40 years with caged hens?
During the past year alone, Summit Livestock has been the subject of a great deal of buzz in the protein industry, and a lot of that excitement has centered on new innovations in cage-free egg production facilities. Wrap-the-Equipment™ is innovation.
Timing is everything and it’s one year closer to 2025. That’s the deadline that McDonalds set for sourcing 100% cage-free eggs. As if egg production wasn’t challenging enough, the complication of new designs to assure bird health, sustainable practices, and production efficiencies could easily slow how quickly egg producers can meet demand of companies like McDonalds.
It’s not uncommon. Partners in livestock production are part of the way we get this work done. For some, it’s a spouse, a sibling, or a parent they partner with in the farm operation. Some might say they look at their banker as a partner. You work with a variety of partners to help you run your business, help you manage risk, do some of the work, and give you time to spend for yourself.
Those migratory birds up above just might be off course. According to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), severe weather in the upper eastern and western borders of the US and food sources depleted in the south by this last season’s hurricanes are causing migratory birds to veer off their normal routes. And because migratory birds carry diseases such as avian influenza (AI), now is the time to be even more diligent about protecting your flocks with biosecurity measures.
We’ve been talking about Summit Livestock’s sustainable approach to livestock buildings. It’s a three-pronged approach, protecting and supporting social, environmental and economic aspects of protein production.
Keeping your birds safe and away from infectious diseases means a vigilant and ongoing commitment to biosecurity. Summit Livestock Facilities looks at the facts along with the challenges producers face in implementing effective biosecurity measures. Looking at these factors together, we help our customers develop specific innovations and unique solutions to help you meet your business and operational goals. It’s about the health of your hens and the health of your investment.
Which way the wind blows does matter to cattle producers. Getting cattle out of mud, rain, snow many times influences profitability. And wind is just one of those important factors to consider when choosing a monoslope building for your operation.
We hear a lot about things like best practices, smart management and managing for profitability these days. And it’s no wonder. The world’s growing population needs to be fed, and farmers like you are working hard every day to mitigate risks and optimize production effectively. It’s how you do those things that matters most now and into the future.
No matter the size of your buildings or the number of hens, each farm needs a specific biosecurity plan. Underscoring that need, one only needs to look back at 2015 and the 49 million birds lost during the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) disaster.
Cattle have a thermoneutral zone where they are most comfortable. That’s why it is so important to be aware of how the structures they live in can contribute to that feeling of comfort. An animal’s thermoneutral zone is the temperature range in which they don’t have to expend energy to maintain normal body temperature.
(Carthage, IL) – Ashton Gronewold knew that getting started in farming would not be easy, but he was determined to make it work. After receiving a degree in Engineering and working away from the farm, Ashton realized that he wanted to return to the family farm full-time. Livestock provided an opportunity to be able to grow and allow multiple families to prosper.
REMINGTON, INDIANA; April 24, 2017 – Summit Livestock Facilities recently hosted media and guests at a Rose Acre Farms cage-free facility under construction in Pulaski County, Ind. Opening the event, Summit Livestock unveiled a new video explaining some of the many new, cutting-edge innovations that are changing how cage-free layer houses can be built.
REMINGTON, INDIANA; February 8, 2017 – Summit Livestock Facilities, LLC announces the acquisition of Heartland Builders Company based in Columbus, Nebraska. The acquisition will provide a stronger presence in the Northern Midwest, combining Heartland Builders’ reputation for quality construction in the area with Summit Livestock Facilities’ expertise and innovation in protein livestock facilities.
Summit Livestock Facilities, LLC has introduced Wrap-the-Equipment™, a patent-pending facility and construction design approach that is positioned to revolutionize the future of cage-free egg production.
Hydrogen sulfide can spike quickly and without warning during pit pumping. As producers, it's important that you keep in mind best practices for agitation and ventilation. During agitation, deadly gasses are possible.
Bruce Nielsen of Winner, South Dakota compares the difference of feeding cattle indoors vs outdoors and how his feed efficiency has stayed at a steady rate since building a Summit monoslope.
Kent Kraft, Farm Manager of Wm. Hughes Diller Sr. Trust located in Franklin, Illinois, explains how regulation changes helped him with his decision to purchase a Summit monoslope beef barn.
The Beef Specialists and Agricultural Engineers at Summit Livestock Facilities have been providing custom cattle housing solutions for protein producers throughout the Midwest for over a decade.
Now that you’re considering adding a monoslope facility to your operation, it’s time to think about where the ideal place to build is. You may have a spot picked out already because that’s where you have room, but there are other factors to consider.
Once you have made the decision to feed cattle under roof, you have several building designs to choose from. Typically, producers consider three options: gable, hoop, and monoslope buildings. After working with hundreds of producers to provide the right solution for their needs, we hear the same thought processes again and again on why they chose a monoslope instead of one of the other options.
Deciding to build an indoor cattle feeding facility can be a huge decision. Whether you are currently finishing cattle outdoors or considering diversifying your operation, there are many factors in determining whether or not it’s the right call for your operation and, more importantly, your family.
Jon Weitzenkamp, of Hooper, Nebraska, explains why he and his family chose to build a monoslope beef barn instead of some of the other options available.
Don Corkery, of Brandon, Iowa, talks about why his farm chose to build a monoslope beef barn instead of some of the other options available.
Ron Cramer of Macomb, Illinois, talks about why his farm chose to build a Monoslope Beef Barn instead of some of the other cattle housing options available.
Does Summit build in my area? We get a lot of questions from cattleman about our location and the areas in which we build - this blog will help answer those questions.
Craig Ferguson of Iowa shares his experience with Summit Livestock and why he ultimately chose a monoslope facility instead of one of the other designs he could have gone with.
Al & Karen talk about why they chose to feed cattle under roof and the efficient flow of the building. Listen to them explain why they chose a Monoslope Beef Barn with a deep pit to capture manure efficiently. Finally, the Lymans talk about how construction management (through Summit Livestock Facilities) saved them time and energy.
Kendall Claeys, of Belgian Acres Inc. located in Eastern Iowa, discusses why they chose to build a monoslope beef barn instead of some of the other options available. He also talks about the generation transition of farms and bringing the next generation back to the farm.
I needed to get my cattle out of the mud...we hear it all the time. Most of the cattle feeders who make the move to indoor cattle feeding tell us that improving operating efficiency by consolidating several smaller muddy outdoor lots into one easy-to-operate indoor facility was one of the best business decisions they have made.
Summit Livestock Facilities beef team put together a digital document loaded with thought-provoking information and ideas that address the question “Is feeding cattle indoors a good decision for my farm?”.
Summit Livestock Facilities and Dr. Ron Gill have jointly announced an exclusive agreement between the two whereby Dr. Gill will provide comprehensive cattle feeding facility reviews and low-stress cattle handling training for the customers of Summit Livestock Facilities.
Summit Livestock Facilities and Moe Russell, co-founder of the Russell Consulting Group, have jointly announced an agreement between the two whereby Moe Russell will provide independent third party financial consulting services to the customers of Summit Livestock Facilities.
An interview with Blake Durbin in regards to Larry Durbin's beef monoslope, built by Summit Livestock Facilities. Listen to Blake explain how getting cattle under roof reduces labor and improves overall cattle health.
If you're thinking about a new Summit Livestock Facilities monoslope beef barn and would like to provide your local government, zoning board, neighbors, and other interested parties more information about the economic benefits of your new facility then this research report may be of value to you.
We’re very pleased to see an article about Larry O'Hern, a Summit Livestock Facilities customer, featured on the website of Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service.
We’re pleased to announce that Summit Livestock Facilities is now an authorized dealer for Cancrete® waterers.
Summit Livestock Facilities is now an authorized dealer for Blue River Cattle Waterers.
Summit Livestock Facilities is pleased to be an authorized dealer for Bedrock’s high quality and durable feed bunks for cattle and calves. The Bedrock lineup includes end cables and posts, guardrail posts, weld pipe posts, and adjustable pipe posts.
Summit Livestock Facilities is now an authorized dealer for Bedrock cattle slats and we are very pleased to make Bedrock slats a part of our total beef barn solutions offering.
Will you cattle be warm and dry? Generally our customers tell us they are “at least $100 - $125 per head per turn to the good” compared to feeding cattle in an outdoor open lot.
The newest version of the Summit Livestock Facilities DVD is now available. To request your copy visit our resource library.
Nic Rowe (Pro Ag Engineering, Jackson, MN) is a Professional Engineer and is licensed in 5 states (IA, MN, SD, NE, and WI). In this video, Nic talks about environmental concerns of the EPA as it relates to eliminating run-off.
“I’m a considering moving from an open feedlot to feeding cattle under roof. Where do I start?”
One Bookings, South Dakota, area 5th grader had beef producers shaking their heads in wonder at a recent Summit Livestock Facilities beef barn open house.
We’re pleased to announce that Summit Livestock Facilities has been appointed an authorized dealer of the Priefert Ranch Equipment line of cattle equipment.