by Steve Fairchild for the Summer Today's Farmer
Profitability for a beef herd can come and go with the market. But there are ways to buffer that coming and going.
Look at your operation through a series of management practices. As a full service provider to the beef industry and after some 15 years of Health Track, a nationally recognized preconditioning program, MFA has accumulated a wide range of best management practices. These are practices that can truly boost efficiency, and most importantly, profitability on Midwest beef operations. These practices have been formalized in a new program from MFA called PowerCalf.
“When I look across the MFA trade territory, I can’t say we have a lot of producers doing all of the practices that we outline in PowerCalf, but I guess that’s part of the point of the program. We want to push these practices because they work. Our goal is to put them all together and show just how powerful the result is,” said Mike John, MFA’s director of Health Track operations.
“Every single operation could improve somewhere through the practices we’re talking about.”
PowerCalf, in the pure sense of the word, is a holistic approach to raising cattle. From the quality of pasture the cows graze to meeting complete nutrition requirements, genetic selection, herd health and data management, the program seeks to incrementally improve everything about the herd. Ultimately the goal is to return maximum profits.........
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