With the purchase of a three-ton Apache creep feeder, Mark expects an increase of as much as 100 lbs. per calf in a six-month growing season. The large holding capacity reduces labor in refilling the equipment and allows for uniform feeding among the herd. Therefore, calves are less stressed as they transition from milk.
Since the feeder is mobile, it also allows Mark to better manage his rotational grazing system. The new equipment helps meet market demands, both locally and regionally. Mark’s operation is one of only two purebred registered herds in the county.