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.
They were looking for a builder that could help them solve their problems, manage challenges, and optimize their productivity, efficiency, and safety. According to Lepley, he got more than he could have imagined through partnering with Summit Livestock Facilities to build a 1,000 head feedlot facility. “It now takes less time to feed 1,000 head than it did to feed 300 in the old facility.”
“Summit Livestock brought a lot of experience to the table,” Lepley said. It was things like Summit’s understanding of things including ridge vents and eave heights, air flow, manure management and pit depth, etc.”
Lepley reports that their facility was built for one person to feed 1,000 head. “Our animal health and comfort has improved. I kept thinking how else – can make it better efficiency, animal health, environmental considerations, etc. There are so many opportunities. If you can do it right and measure correctly, the sky’s the limit."
If it has hooves, feathers, or paws, there’s a good chance Kathleen Lonergan Erickson has been actively engaged in some aspect of raising, handling, or supporting the animals and humans involved! Kathleen has worked directly in animal agriculture through the family farm, as a journalist, through corporate experience, and as an independent marketing communications consultant. Her understanding of the business of agriculture is as deep and strong as is her respect for agricultural producers. She is a graduate of Iowa State University, and recently returned to university to earn her master’s degree in Agricultural Innovation. Supporting the innovative work of Summit Livestock Facilities is a natural fit for her.