If you mix feed to feed to cattle, Performance Beef will make your operation better, if you have employees that feed for you some, or all, of the time Performance Beef is essential. Performance Beef is an irreplaceable component of our operation.
Recently, my wife took over management of a feedlot that was failing, cattle health was low, gains were down, and more importantly, profits were down. Upon taking over Fox Creek Feedyard, there were no employees remaining on who were feed wagon operators, and my wife was busy enough dealing with cattle health that she was unable to feed on a regular basis. We purchased Performance Beef and hired a person with no farming or equipment-operating experience. It took about two weeks to train him to run the equipment with Performance Beef, from which point he has been autonomous and excellent.
"We purchased Performance Beef and hired a person with no farming or equipment-operating experience. It took about two weeks to train him to run the equipment with Performance Beef, from which point he has been autonomous and excellent."
Performance Beef manages exact ration ratios, ensuring a perfectly mixed load each time. Additionally, each pen is fed the exact amount daily because of the app and scale system, ensuring cattle are cleaning up all of the feed and are not over or under fed. The ration mix is exact each day (as Performance Beef does the math for the loader operator) ensuring consistency in feed, with a well-balanced diet the cattle’s appetite remains high ensuring consistent weight gain.
Within two weeks from implementing Performance Beef, we saw big gains, as the cattle were eating a lot while becoming nutritionally balanced. After the adjustment period, we have seen consistently better gains with minimal health issues.
How does Performance Beef enable this? It’s simple, each day the manager scores the bunks, Performance Beef automatically calculates both lbs/hd fed and DMI (dry matter intake), this allows the manager to get the near perfect amount from the beginning. When cattle arrive at the lot, we input the number of head in the correct pen, and input the feed to the nearest 10 lbs, matching the DMI to desired amount. As the cattle grow and appetites increase, we increase the feed. Performance Beef allows multiple rations, we start the cattle on hay and a starter ration, transition them from hay to straight starter and then from starter to grower. The DMI calculation is critical to these transitions as we use it to ensure the cattle continue to receive the requisite nutrients so they are not over or under eating.
"In my opinion, many facets of Performance Beef will increase your situational awareness and allow you to, track and identify trends to ensure maximum profitability."
As the cattle grow, and we increase their feed, it is easy to estimate the cattle weight average based on the amount of feed they are eating. With a glance, you can see which pen needs to come in for weighing and final prep for shipment. Additionally, Performance Beef captures all our costs, real-time, so we are always up-to-date on our cost of gains and breakevens.
The end of month reports detail total amounts of individual ration components fed during the desired period, calculate death loss, feed costs, total yardage, and many other financial and performance information. In my opinion, many facets of Performance Beef will increase your situational awareness and allow you to, track and identify trends to ensure maximum profitability.
Performance Beef does not do anything you cannot do yourself already, but it does it automatically, and continuously with very little effort from management personnel. Performance Beef works in the background as you feed and manage the cattle relentlessly tracking and assigning costs to groups of cattle always ensuring you are working with latest information.
Final note, Dustin Balsley and the Performance Beef team are very quick to provide assistance and advice to my questions, as quickly as they come up. I could not ask for a better team to run this great management tool.
"Performance Beef is an irreplaceable component of our operation."