Story by Floyd Nauls, District Conservationist ï¿½ Zone 4
Members of the 100 Ranchers Organization recently traveled to Gonzales, Texas to learn from the experts about marking calves and retaining ownership of cattle.
Graham Land and Cattle feedyard, which has the capacity to feed nearly 30,000 head of cattle and background another 14,000 head, hosted the tour. The feedyard specializes in Brahman influenced cattle, which fit the areaï¿½s environment. According to Graham Land and Cattle, they will feed cattle whether a customer has one head or 1,000 head.
The group viewed the feedlot operation and toured the feeding pens which had calves grouped by breed type, gender and age. The operationï¿½s feed mill also was part of the tour. The feedyard has a nutritionist on staff that helps with formulation of all the rations fed to cattle. Rations include feedstuffs such as corn, rice and cotton seed hulls and brewers grain. The group also learned about Grahamï¿½s record and data keeping. Data kept on all cattle includes average daily gain, marbling and carcass tenderness scores obtained by ultrasound.
Graham Land and Cattle provided an excellent tour and outreach opportunity for the 100 Ranchers Organization. For more information about Graham Land and Cattle call (830) 672-6504. For more information about the 100 Ranchers Organization contact Kim Ratliff at (214) 676-3357.
100 Ranchers Organization members and Graham Land and Cattle employees gathered recently in Gonzales, Texas.
The operationï¿½s feed mill also was part of the tour. The feedyard has a nutritionist on staff that helps with formulation of all the rations fed to cattle.