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Chappell Feedlot uses Ultrasound to Determine Finish Dates for Feeders

Gayle Smith
Gering, Neb.

Although ultrasound isn’t new to the cattle industry, ways to use the device to make cattle more profitable crop up all the time. Tom Williams, one of the co-owners of the Chappell Feedlot in Chappell, Neb., uses the device to determine how much feed a calf needs until it is correctly finished.

By utilizing ultrasound, Tom is able to feed cattle more efficiently, drastically reducing the cost of feed. “The feed costs are less because you don’t feed them too long,” explains Tom’s wife, Cindy. “If you feed them too long, the efficiency and growth of the calf decreases. By using ultrasound, we are more efficient in how much we feed, and it helps the rancher because he doesn’t have to pay for more feed than what it takes to get the calf ready.”

Nearly 95 percent of the cattle coming into Chappell Feedlot undergo ultrasound. “We first started using it 15 years ago,” explains Cindy. “Tom is very forward-thinking in the beef industry and always stays current on what information is available. He is very detail-oriented and is interested in anything that can improve efficiency.”

Although ultrasound isn’t new to the cattle industry, ways to use the device to make cattle more profitable crop up all the time. Tom Williams, one of the co-owners of the Chappell Feedlot in Chappell, Neb., uses the device to determine how much feed a calf needs until it is correctly finished.

By utilizing ultrasound, Tom is able to feed cattle more efficiently, drastically reducing the cost of feed. “The feed costs are less because you don’t feed them too long,” explains Tom’s wife, Cindy. “If you feed them too long, the efficiency and growth of the calf decreases. By using ultrasound, we are more efficient in how much we feed, and it helps the rancher because he doesn’t have to pay for more feed than what it takes to get the calf ready.”

Nearly 95 percent of the cattle coming into Chappell Feedlot undergo ultrasound. “We first started using it 15 years ago,” explains Cindy. “Tom is very forward-thinking in the beef industry and always stays current on what information is available. He is very detail-oriented and is interested in anything that can improve efficiency.”

Although ultrasound isn’t new to the cattle industry, ways to use the device to make cattle more profitable crop up all the time. Tom Williams, one of the co-owners of the Chappell Feedlot in Chappell, Neb., uses the device to determine how much feed a calf needs until it is correctly finished.

By utilizing ultrasound, Tom is able to feed cattle more efficiently, drastically reducing the cost of feed. “The feed costs are less because you don’t feed them too long,” explains Tom’s wife, Cindy. “If you feed them too long, the efficiency and growth of the calf decreases. By using ultrasound, we are more efficient in how much we feed, and it helps the rancher because he doesn’t have to pay for more feed than what it takes to get the calf ready.”

Nearly 95 percent of the cattle coming into Chappell Feedlot undergo ultrasound. “We first started using it 15 years ago,” explains Cindy. “Tom is very forward-thinking in the beef industry and always stays current on what information is available. He is very detail-oriented and is interested in anything that can improve efficiency.”

Although ultrasound isn’t new to the cattle industry, ways to use the device to make cattle more profitable crop up all the time. Tom Williams, one of the co-owners of the Chappell Feedlot in Chappell, Neb., uses the device to determine how much feed a calf needs until it is correctly finished.

By utilizing ultrasound, Tom is able to feed cattle more efficiently, drastically reducing the cost of feed. “The feed costs are less because you don’t feed them too long,” explains Tom’s wife, Cindy. “If you feed them too long, the efficiency and growth of the calf decreases. By using ultrasound, we are more efficient in how much we feed, and it helps the rancher because he doesn’t have to pay for more feed than what it takes to get the calf ready.”

Nearly 95 percent of the cattle coming into Chappell Feedlot undergo ultrasound. “We first started using it 15 years ago,” explains Cindy. “Tom is very forward-thinking in the beef industry and always stays current on what information is available. He is very detail-oriented and is interested in anything that can improve efficiency.”


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