SMF Commercial Beef Team Final Presentation April 2013

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Lakeland College's animal science program provides students the opportunity to be part of the student managed farm. This is the April 2013 final presentation of the commercial beef team.

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  • Retained 5 commercial Purchased 4 heifers from the Purebred team at $1050Avg weight = 1000 lbs
  • -we first went to Soderglen sale didn’t buy bulls, prices were to high average went for 6,200.-we had it narrowed down to the top 7 when we went to the sale, then from there we narrowed it down to the top 3, all which went higher then our price range. -we bid on 2 black sim and 1 black max at soderglen-we went to the Lewis’ sale we each picked our top ten, then went down to top five from there.-we bought 3 bulls 2 from the list 1 that was picked while at the sale-they were black sims, they stood out and their EPD’s fit what we were looking for in the bulls.-we had a limit of 15,00 went over buy 600, but had a volume discount and only paid 200 over.
  • We decided to make up SOP’s this year so that future students will have procedures to refer to when they are working with animals or need to know how to do certain procedures. Many of our existing protocols were outdated and some impractical. Our team tweaked some old ones and also created new ones. The protocols that our team tweaked or created are: tagging, vaccination, diet formulation, show feeding, barn chores, calf processing, culling, calf disease, and pre calving and post calving. Even though these protocols are now set up they are still subjected to change in future years. Example of missing scour guard for heifers
  • SMF Commercial Beef Team Final Presentation April 2013

    1. 1. Commercial Beef SMF 2012-2013
    2. 2. Commercial Cow Herd  82 Bred Females  66 Mature cows  16 First time Heifers  Angus Based. Black Simmental And Maine Anjou Influenced  Avg weight = 1450 lbs
    3. 3. Change in Inventory  Cull Percentage = 16.67%  Purchased 12 black cows  Retained 10  3 cows sold over calving period  Purchased 4 heifers from Purebred
    4. 4. Current Inventory  76 Cows  9 Replacement Heifers  3 Herd Sires
    5. 5. Calving  82 calves  77 live calves, 1 Acquired steer calf  37 bull calves, Avg Birth Weight= 96.86 lbs  40 heifer calves, Avg Birth Weight= 90.02 lbs  Loss of 5 calves  4 sets of twins  Total Head = 78 Calves
    6. 6. Calving KPI-Reproduction 2012 2013 Calving Percentage 95.8% 97.4% Assistance Rate 32.56% 19.75% Death Loss Percentage 9.1% 6.4% Bull Birth Weights 99.76 lbs 96.86 lbs Heifer Birth Weights 102.30 lbs 90.02 lbs Average Birth Weights 100.6 lbs 94.39 lbs
    7. 7. Herd Sire Criteria  $15,000.00 budget for buying  Birth Weight-75-105 lbs  Yearling Weight-Approx 1350  Weaning Weight- High as possible  Average Daily Gain- 3-3.5 or higher
    8. 8. Herd Sire Criteria  Scrotal Circumference  Yearling  Minimum 33 cm  Average 34.5 cm  Over Age Bulls  Minimum 36 cm  Average 38.8 cm
    9. 9. Herd Sires  Soderglen Ranches Ltd.  Select 2013 Bull Sale  Sale average: $6,200  Top 3 picked bulls averaged: $7,500
    10. 10. Herd Sire Selection  Lewis Farms Ltd  First ever herd sires purchased  Sale Average: $ 5,490
    11. 11. LFE BS Lewis 3048Y  $7000
    12. 12. LFE BS Lewis 3072Y  $4000
    13. 13. LFE BS Lewis 361Z  $4600.00
    14. 14. Breeding Season  3 new herd sires  Rented heifer bull from Bob Wilson  Turned out bulls- April 10th  Pull bulls- June 15th  Shorten Calving Season
    15. 15. Key Performance Indicators 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% First 21 Days Second 21 Days Third 21 Days Fourth 21 days Distribution of Calving 2013 2012
    16. 16. Key Performance Indicators % Calf weight of Cow Weight Average Weaning Weights Revenue Actual 49.14% 740.84 lbs $963.09 Bottom 20% removed 52.30% 774.43 lbs $1006.76 Top 20% of the Herd 59.59% 805.43 lbs $1047.06
    17. 17. Silver Advantage  College Silvers Heifers:  17 head Average weight: 828 lbs  Average price: $1.20 /lb  Comparison of Black Heifers:  69 head Average weight: 758 lbs  Average price: $1.21 /lb
    18. 18. Silver Advantage  College Silver Steers  20 head Average weight: 903 lbs  Average price: $1.29  Comparison of Black Steers  21head Average weight: 887 lbs  Average Price: $1.29
    19. 19. Standard Operating Procedure’s  Allowed us to think critically about previous procedures  Created new and updated older protocols  Future students  Guidance easily found  Complete understanding of the program
    20. 20. Agribition  Pen of 5 Bred Heifers – Grand Champion Pen  Pen of 5 Feeder Steers – Reserve Champion Pen  Pen of 5 Heifer Calves – 3rd in Class
    21. 21. Future Agribition Goals  Female Futurity  Open Heifer Calves  Bred Heifers  Cow/calf Pairs  Potential for Scholarship with winnings
    22. 22. Ralgro  Potential WW increase of 20-35 lb  Cost $1.70 per head  Percieved risk implanting females
    23. 23. Herd Health  Switched from Killed Vaccines to Modified Live Vaccine.  To be implemented at Weaning Next Year  Bulls are all Vaccinated for Footrot
    24. 24. Finance  Total Income- $202,124.96  Total Expense- $102,231.65  Net Income- $99,893.31  Sale of 44 Steers to Cargill  $76,946.58
    25. 25. Expenses
    26. 26. Next Year’s Budget  20% Cull Rate  30% Retention rate of heifers  3 herd sires purchased  Loss of $15,749 for next year
    27. 27. SWOT Analysis
    28. 28. Strengths  New herd sires  KPI’s tracking performances  New budget
    29. 29. Weaknesses  Communication  High turnover  Economies of scale  High inputs
    30. 30. Opportunities  Expansion of the herd  Different management practices  Feeding practices  SOP consistency  Potential for Marketing Breeding Females
    31. 31. Threats  Volatile markets  Land use  Budget cuts to the school
    32. 32. Accomplishments  Recommendations from last year  Purchased bulls  Standard Operating Procedures  Key Performance tracking  Financial Reporting  Increased communication  New tagging system implemented
    33. 33. Recommendations  Reach new media sources  Communicating our activities locally and regionally  Maintain consistent records  Watch markets, possibly sell at weaning  Financial Report together  Marketing breeding females
    34. 34. Acknowledgements  New Holland  Nilsson Bros. Vermilion  Pfizer Animal Health  Westman Farms  Wilson Farms  Pioneer Hi-breds  XXX Farms  Highland Feeders  Gary Moses  Wayne Stetson  Josie Van Lent  Dr. Gary Etherington  Tamara Martin  Jessica Cline  Pete Wilkinson  Geoff Brown  Ron Hoffman  Denise Martin  Tracy Quinton  Robert Dixon  Sharon Reiter  Dr. Crystal Mullen  Joanne Dickson  Jamie Anderson  Jax Byers  Roy Berg

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