What is a Custom Cattle Feedlot?
cattle feeding refers to sending cattle to a feeding enterprise that
provides the technology,
skills and services to someone who wants cattle fed to a specific
market weight. This practice should be considered by ranchers as a
means to evaluate the performance of cattle or as a marketing
alternative. At times, custom cattle feeding can be a tool to
increase the dollar return to a cow-calf or stocker program. At
other times, it may be better to simply sell feeder cattle or
calves. The rancher should consider custom cattle feeding when it
is likely to increase net returns.
What makes our feedlot unique?
At T.J. Crowder & Sons we are feeding and marketing our
cattle right along with yours. The care, feed, and dedication we
give to our own cattle are the exact same as we provide for
yours. We are a cow/calf ranching operation and can relate on
this level to our customer base. The marketing concerns of our
clients livestock are the same marketing concerns we face.
What services does our custom feedlot provide?
Our feedlot can and will provide all services relevant to
feeding cattle. The customer can receive help in purchasing feeders,
financing cattle and/or feed and yardage, risk management and marketing
of the cattle. Standard services include daily inspections of cattle,
bi-monthly economic and growth performance updates and processing and
Is financing available?
Yes. We have close working relationships with banks and the
farm credit system. If a customer wants to purchase cattle, generally
he or she can obtain a loan for 70 to 80 percent of the cost of the
feeder cattle and feed/yardage. If a customer wants to retain ownership
in his/her cattle, the lending institution will reimburse the owner up
to 70 - 80 percent of the value of the cattle. Feed and yardage will
also be financed if the cow/calf operator chooses to.
What happens when the cattle arrive at the custom feedlot?
Each pen is weighed in and weighed out and given permanent identification as to ownership. We
discuss in detail the health issues of the cattle with the customer and
provide as needed. Every animal is inspected daily for
health. Sick animals are separated and are treated through the guidance of veterinarians. We take the health of your cattle just as seriously as we do our own.
What is the selection of cattle per pen?
growth and economic performance of the cattle are a top priority at
T.J. Crowder & Sons. Our success lies in the makeup of the
cattle that constitute a pen. We group by
weight, body type, age breeding, and previous nutritional
background. As we meet these conditions, we can feed and sell the
cattle to achieve optimum feed efficiency and market value of the
What is our feeding program?
We grow most of our own food corn silage/alfalfa and supplement, when necessary, with the purchase of high quality feed.
How are the cattle sold?
We serve as adviser to the owner cattle. We market cattle on a regular basis and lend our expertise to the customer.