Low stress cattle
Bangert counts on a well-trained farm staff and his nutritionist, Dr. Tom Peters, to set their cattle up for improved weight gains, increased feed intake and better health.
For Ed Greiman, a partner with his brother in Greiman Brothers, near Garner, Iowa, the routine is similar for arriving cattle. That routine includes allowing the cattle to settle into new surroundings with a high forage ration and fresh water. They will vaccinate cattle four to five days after arrival for respiratory disease.
Both producers agree healthy cattle provide a better experience for the consumer. Reducing disease challenges helps cattle direct more energy to gaining weight and improving quality grades. Higher quality grade cattle are a more positive eating experience for the consumer.
“Beef has to set itself apart and be the Cadillac of protein,” said Greiman. “It’s all about lowering the odds of a poor eating experience.”
“When our beef ends up on our consumers’ grills, we want them to be able to taste the care that we put into what we do here,” said Bangert.