These presentations were recorded at the Beef Facilities Conference and focused on cattle comfort and performance with four different barns. The accompanying papers are in pages 27-37 of the written proceedings.
Robbi Pritchard, South Dakota State University (SDSU)
When SDSU rebuilt their cattle feeding facilities, the decision was made to compare three different systems:
- earthen lots with no overhead roof
- lots that are partially roofed
- a monoslope bedded barn in which the entire facility is covered
The feedlot manager tracked feed deliveries, cattle performance, carcass characteristics, and labor inputs for each system for two years.…