Dean Cluck Feedyard, Inc. began as a family business and today our
principles remain the same. We value honesty, integrity and sincerity. We are
passionate about our work and we encourage our employees to take ownership of
their daily tasks. We know that our customers have a choice in suppliers.
That's why we believe in working together to grow your business.
It first began to boom and blossom in the 1960s and early 70s, and
cattle feeding on the High Plains is now a major driver in the industry's
efforts to produce high quality beef for not just U.S. consumers, but consumers
worldwide. Industry dynamics are changing and the cattle feeding sector is
adapting to those changes. But the basics remain the same-quality feed, quality
cattle care and a low stress feedyard environment are just as important now as
they were in the beginning.
|It's been said a well-run feedyard is the most boring place on|
earth. An on-site feedmill ensures quality feed is freshly prepared for each
meal and pen riders ensure all health issues are promptly addressed. Well fed,
healthy cattle produce quality beef, and that's the end game.
Employee training is an on-going and essential part of making a
feedyard run smoothly. Beef Quality Assurance principles, feedyard safety,
equipment repair and maintenance and other subjects can be reviewed by on-site
consultants and by sending employees to training sessions.
The processing barn is one of the first stops for newly-arrived
cattle. Here, they're prepared for their stay in the feedyard, ensuring that
they get the best start possible. Low-stress cattle handling techniques can
help. Calm cattle go on feed faster and respond better to vaccines and
antibiotics. Dean Cluck Feedyard uses a computerized sorting system that weighs
each animal and measures its frame size, then sorts the cattle into pens and
calculates a likely out date.
Low-stress cattle handling tactics are just as important when
riding pens as when working cattle through a chute. By understanding flight
zones, balance points and cattle behavior, pen riders can more effectively
deliver healthcare services to cattle.