I laugh that when Matt and I were married he had to promise to love, honor, cherish, and FEED ME REGULARLY!
I do not know if it is the years of serious athletic training or just my metabolism (quite probably both), but I am not an easy keeper when it comes to food. To put it in agricultural terms, my feed conversion (the amount of feed required to maintain my body condition) is not very good.
Now that I am not a competitive athlete, my eating schedule has become more relaxed (I believe that my husband would say that my use of the word relaxed in this instance is very relative). However, I do not miss very many meals…
Interestingly enough, my cattle are very similar to me in this instance. They are creatures of habit when it comes to a feeding schedule, and being fed regularly is very important to their health and growth. In order to allow them to maximize their God-given potential to grow and make beef, I need to be very consistent with the timing and the type of feedstuffs (feed ingredients) that I feed to them.
We begin to deliver breakfast about 6:45 am and try to have all of the cattle fed by 9:00 am. In addition, we try to make sure that the feed is delivered to every pen with less than a 20 minute variability on a day to day basis. We also try for consistency in the afternoon feeding that my children laughingly call linner (a combination of lunch and dinner).
The consistency of timing and care for delivery of that feed sets my animals up for success.
So, what do I feed them?
All of this feed is put on the feed truck with a pay loader, and mixed on the truck for breakfast and linner feedings…
In addition to tracking the timing of feed delivery, we also track the loading of our feed ingredients to ensure that the cattle receive the correct amount of each type of feed for every meal.
I believe that when you take cattle off of grass pastures where they can feed themselves and put them into a feed yard where they cannot, that you take a personal responsibility to always offer consistently good care to each animal. Everything that we do at the feed yard revolves around delivering high quality feed and care to our animals—365 days a year.
I am proud of my crew for their hard work and dedication—my three guys give of themselves every single day to help me to offer the best care and make the highest quality of beef. Their dedication is a testimony to their tremendous character. They understand the importance of feeding them regularly and make personal sacrifices to achieve that goal.