“If you want to make improvements in your herd, feed with Decatur County Feed Yard. You will know which cows are working for you and which bulls to be buying (or stay away from). You will be able to get away from the guesswork of phenotypical selection and be confident in knowing that the replacements you are selecting will move your herd forward.”
“We felt that as the beef business continues to evolve, having the ability to electronically manage data for decision making was of high importance on our ranch. This, coupled with an increased emphasis on our health program, allows us to strive to reduce costs and produce a quality product for today’s consumer. Additionally, we felt it was important to have a strategic alliance with trusted partners.
“The information Dan sent showing how our cattle performed against other cattle in your database was a confidence builder that we were improving, but also challenged us.
“Your staff is very good to work with and I would recommend your facility to other producers who are considering adding value to their beef business.”
“Four years of feeding (with Dectaur County Feed Yard) has allowed us more precise culling and adjusting of our genetics program. DCFY is the most professional organization we’ve worked with.”
“Decatur is clean and well-maintained, and has exceptional facilities and competent personnel.
“I would recommend feeding here to anyone wanting usable data and the desire to determine where your cattle fit in the marketplace. They try to market every animal at the most economical time for every animal’s potential.”
“I have noticed after using Decatur over a three-year period that my closeout weights and quality have improved by 15 percent each year — which turns into dollars returned.
“Using the data at closeout has made buying a better quality bull an easier check to write. I have advised friends to use Decatur and will continue. Their continuous contact and open-door policy is a great asset.”
“We have used information we have received on closeouts to select bulls to increase quality grade and muscling. We try to identify weaker areas to emphasize improvement in when evaluating EPDs (expected progeny differences) in bulls.
“Anyone who feeds enough cattle to meet the numbers requirement should feed and get individual performances to see where they are headed in the future and how to meet longer-term goals and improve the value of their calves.”
“I liked the idea of electronic sorting and scanning to maximize salability for each pen full of cattle, also the closeout information. I also liked the facility — first-class, clean, neat, well-maintained. Dan, Kevin and Warren have gone out of their way to answer questions.”
“We have increased our pounds per head produced over the years feeding with Decatur. With the grid pricing at Cargill, QSA program (USDA Quality Systems Assessment Program), and electronic cattle management program, we have seen our profits increase substantially over the years.
“We have used the data to select herd sires that will increase our muscling while keeping our ability to grade a high percentage of choice cattle.
“Decatur should be complimented on operating one of the best retained ownership programs with excellent customer relations, management, and competitive feeding.”