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Boosting efficiency in livestock production is important. From managing pastures to producing feed, the complexity of any livestock operation offers opportunities to boost efficiency.
In this roundup of livestock-related products, you’ll find a diverse choice of tools from a first-ever bale feeder that works with a telehandler to a frost-free watering system that’s compact and easy to install.
When going through the exhibit area of any farm show, there are opportunities to find cool tools for the farm. For this collection, the focus was livestock with feeders too boost efficiency, wagons to haul more silage from field to storage and even a big tool for managing manure on the farm.
Whether you’re raising corn for silage or working on ways to make pastures more productive, you’ll find tools to make the job easier here. Click through the slideshow to get a good look at these innovations.
Field editor, Farm Progress
A 10th-generation agriculturist, Sierra Day grew up alongside the Angus cattle, corn and soybeans on her family’s operation in Cerro Gordo, Ill. Although she spent an equal amount in farm machinery as she did in the cattle barn as a child, Day developed a bigger passion for the cattle side of the things.
An active member of organizations such as 4-H, FFA and the National Junior Angus Association, she was able to show Angus cattle on the local, state and national levels while participating in contests and leadership opportunities that were presented through these programs.
As Day got older, she began to understand the importance of transitioning from a member to a mentor for other youth in the industry. Thus, her professional and career focus is centered around educating agriculture producers and youth to aid in prospering the agriculture industry.
In 2018, she received her associate degree from Lake Land College, where her time was spent as an active member in clubs such as Ag Transfer club and PAS. A December 2020 graduate of Kansas State University in Animal Sciences & Industry and Agricultural Communications & Journalism, Day was active in Block & Bridle and Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow, while also serving as a communications student worker in the animal science department.
Day currently resides back home where she owns and operates Day Cattle Farm with her younger brother, Chayton. The duo strives to raise functional cattle that are show ring quality and a solid foundation for building anyone’s herd.
Willie Vogt has been covering agricultural technology for more than 40 years, with most of that time as editorial director for Farm Progress. He is passionate about helping farmers better understand how technology can help them succeed, when appropriately applied.
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