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Student Managed Farm Commercial Beef Final Presentation April 2014

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2nd year students in Lakeland College's animal science technology program take a Student Managed Farm class. Lakeland's Student Managed Farm - powered by New Holland has both livestock and crop sides. The livestock side is further broken down into commercial beef, dairy, purebred beef and sheep units. This is the final presentation of the 2013-14 commercial beef unit.

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Student Managed Farm Commercial Beef Final Presentation April 2014

  1. 1. Starting Cattle Numbers from December 31st 2013 70 Cows 49 Heifer calves 3 Bulls 11 Bred Heifers
  2. 2.  Purchased 10 bred heifers  Cull Percentage = 5%  Sold heifers = 30  Replacement heifers = 19
  3. 3. Current Cattle Numbers 64 Cows 14 Cull Cows 78 Spring Calves 3 Bulls 19 Replacement Heifers
  4. 4.  Total calves born 85  Including 1 acquired heifer calf  55% Bulls:45% Heifers  5 sets of twins  - 6% Dead  - 2% Sold replacement calves  Adjusted total calves = 78
  5. 5. 80 85 90 95 100 105 Bull BW Heifer BW Average BW 2014 2013 2012
  6. 6. 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 Calving Percentage Assistance Rate Death Loss Percentage 2014 2013 2012
  7. 7. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 Fourth 21 days Third 21 days Second 21 days First 21 days 2014 2013 2012
  8. 8. Inventory Sales Totals Sold cull cows $8,492.52 Sold open heifer $12,498.14 Sold cull heifers $18,662.62 Sold steer calves (Auction) $39,233.98 - steer calves (Stockman’s Club) $4,350.00 Sold replacement calves $700 Total $83,937.26
  9. 9. Purchases Totals Bought heifers $16,862.82 Bought bred heifers $16,500.00 Total $33,362.82
  10. 10. April 2013 through March 2014 Totals Total Income $74,537.26 Total Expense $124,494.04 Net Income ($49,956.78)
  11. 11.  Health/treatment records.  Costs/treatment.  Monitoring overall health of animals.  Vaccination/treatment protocol  Pregnancy checking
  12. 12.  Testing results:  #136 LFE BS Lewis 3048Y aka “Curly” satisfactory  #120 LFE BS Lewis 3072Y aka “Mo” satisfactory  #25 LFE BS Lewis 361Z aka “Poker” questionable
  13. 13.  Turning bulls out.  Pasture space for:  Cows  Cull cows  Heifers
  14. 14.  2011 Yield: 4 ton/ac  2012 Yield: 5.3 ton/ac  2013 Yield: 4.9 ton/ac
  15. 15. 2012 2013
  16. 16.  Bought bred heifers to maintain our calf crop for this year.  Bought heifers for increased potential replacement heifer selection.  To sell heifers in breeding market in the spring.
  17. 17. Input/Heifer Totals Purchase $833.69 Feed $257.17 Commissions & Medication $44.27 Yardage $81.00 Interest $21.85 Breakeven $1,237.98
  18. 18. Net Income/Heifer Totals Input costs $1,237.98 Sale price $1,416.60 Net Income $178.62  Did we Profit?
  19. 19. SireTRACE, 2-Stage Weaning, Public Relations
  20. 20. Who's Your Daddy? 12- Curly #136 5- Mo #120 2- Poker #25 11- Unknown Results
  21. 21.  In traditional weaning the calf goes through separation anxiety and a diet change.  2-Stage weaning  Cutting out milk supply for 3-5 days.  Separation occurs afterward. (Dr. Joseph Stookey; U of S Professor – http://quietwean.com/)
  22. 22.  Advantages  Increased feed intake.  Decreased chances of calves getting sick from stress.  Disadvantages  Calves can cheat.  Have to run cows and calves through handling facilities twice. (Dr. Joseph Stookey; U of S Professor – http://quietwean.com/)
  23. 23.  Web Link  Connecting with the public and potential students  Marketing  Year summary  Beef Bits  Article in the school newsletter  Summarizing SMF activities
  24. 24.  Leadership Day  “Introduction Day” into SMF  Description of job responsibilities.  Question & Answer period.  Identify what groups the first years were interested in.
  25. 25. Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats
  26. 26.  Collecting Information  Economic Determination  Owning Herd Sires
  27. 27.  Communication  Economies of Scale  Underdeveloped Protocols
  28. 28.  Beef Day  Selling commercial females.  SireTRACE  Leadership Day  Web Link
  29. 29.  Volatile markets  Disease epidemic  Border closures
  30. 30.  Maintain good record keeping.  Keep website updated.  Watch markets  i.e sell steers at weaning.  Focus on culling undesirable cows to maintain a young herd.  Buy a new herd sire.  Focus on maximizing return on heifer calves  Continue SireTRACE on heifer calves.  Palpate potential sale heifers before sale.
  31. 31.  LLC Marketing Services: Cathy Wolters  LLC Media Services  Morris Garnier  New Holland: Webb’s Machinery  Nilsson Bros. Vermilion  Peter Wilkinson  Robert Dixon  Ron Hoffman  Rusty Stalwick  Sharon Reiter  Tracy Quinton  UFA Vermilion -Bree Paterson  Westman Farms  Zoetis Animal Health  Bob Wilson  Canadian Western Agribition  Denise Martin  Dr. Crystal Mullen  Dr. Ken Smith  Duncan MacMillan  Garnet Ailsby  Geoff Brown  Jamie Anderson  Jax Byers  Josie Van Lent  Kyle Lewis  Larry Bingham  LLC Ag Students: WRCH

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