The science of feeding

Not far down the road from the JBS Greeley Beef plant, is JBS Five River Kuner feedyard in Kersey, Colo. And this isn’t just a little yard. Some numbers:

  • 88,200 head capacity
  • $7.6 million operating budget
  • 61 employees
  • 2.1 – the number of times the population turns
  • 185,200 head fed per year
  • 3.42 ADG in FY 2011
  • 550 acres – the area where the pens are housed
  • 38 semi loads of corn received per day
  • 5 semi loads of DDGs received per day
The yard was built originially by Monfort in the 1970s but recently  JBS invested over $18 million on capital investments – including completely tearing down pens and rebuilding them. Afterward, Stone says they saw a big performance jump. He suspects it was due to the drier pens, as well as putting the water closer to the feedbunks.
A few photos:

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