150000 head feed lot....is it a factory farm ?

Highland Mule

Livestock Farmer
My uncle used to work for Simplot on there breeding improvement program. It was a good 10 years ago at that time they ran 5000 Angus suck cows on hill ground classified as high mountain desert in Idaho. The best were bulled to Angus as replacements and all the rest went to Charolais. They we're running about 1 cow per 10ha with virtually zero intervention until the calves were rounded up in the autumn and brought into the feedlot. All work was done in horseback.

I always wanted to go out there with him but never made it.


Livestock Farmer
No , the UK will just stop keeping nasty cattle . that will show em how its done .....then we can save the world.... and import it all from over there cos it don't count if we import it cos people can't see it , aren't we goodie to shoes 🙄
even if getting rid of cattle did make a difference which it doesn't us getting rid of them in this country wouldn't make a difference
its silly for so much breath to be wasted over it


Bury St Edmunds
or possibly lairage for an abattoir?
No that was the Chicago Saleyard , I think set up some where around 1870. Then it was used to accomodate large herds driven on foot sometimes over a thousand miles from Texas. Most of these animals were sold on to fatteners and then brought back and sold fat to butchers . It incorporated large lairage facilities

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...