Fall is a busy time in most feedyards, with the influx of new cattle placing demands on facilities and employees. But along with the day-to-day management challenges, Kansas State University extension beef veterinarian Larry Hollis says this is a good time to prepare for late-fall and winter weather. He offers this checklist for seasonal preparations:

Early fall

  • Hire enough help and train them.
  • Get snow-removal equipment in working condition.
  • Contract with heavy-equipment operators to help with excessive snow removal.
  • Contract part-time workers who can help during bad weather.
  • Winterize waterers.
  • Purchase hay.
  • Buy bedding material.
  • Discuss the facility’s health-management-program plan with veterinarian.
  • Discuss anticipated product needs with animal-health supplier.
  • Discuss storm-feeding-program plan with nutritionist.
  • Discuss winter-storm-plan assignments with employees.

Late Fall

  • Have adequate help available to receive, process, pull and treat cattle.
  • Don’t overload the system  —  if you get behind on processing and treating cattle, ask suppliers to delay gathering and shipping cattle until you are caught up.