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Hollenbeck Cattle Co. Utilizes Performance Beef to Simplify Their Backgrounding Operation Record Keeping

Wed, 10 Nov 2021 07:32:13 CST

Hollenbeck Cattle Co. Utilizes Performance Beef to Simplify Their Backgrounding Operation Record Keeping Today on Beef Buzz, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm and Ranch Director Ron Hays speaks with Jim Hollenbeck, owner of Hollenbeck Cattle in Jay, Okla. and the nutritionist for the Baxter Springs, Kan. location of the Farmers Cooperative Association. Hollenbeck and his wife have been running their stocker operation for more than 20 years. Recently, the Hollenbecks started using Performance Beef, a cattle management software by Zoetis.


“We have pens so we can dry lot calves, but predominantly, we run calves on Bermuda grass and rye grass,” Hollenbeck said. “We graze a lot more than we feed in pens.”


Hollenbeck said he and his wife were always looking to improve recordkeeping on the ranch.


“We were always kind of looking for a better way to keep track of our information – get away from feed sheets, help keep track of our inventory,” Hollenbeck said. “Just do a better job of managing what we do, day to day.”


While he was at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association convention the Performance Beef booth caught his attention. He did not jump at the opportunity to deploy the new software, he thought about the concepts and how they could work with his operation for about six months before he made the decision to try it, he said.


“We are glad that we did,” Hollenbeck said. “It had streamlined a lot of the things that we do.”


For example, Performance Beef has made feeding much easier, according to Hollenbeck. He also said the software has made communication and management of employees simple and efficient.


“We have precise information now,” Hollenbeck said. “On our feed deliveries; the timeliness of our deliveries. I really like the fact that you can access that information, since it is cloud-based, from wherever you are at.”


That means, Hollenbeck doesn’t have to be on location to check on his operation, whether he wants to see what, where or when a specific group of cattle was fed.


Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear more from Ron Hays and Jim Hollenbeck as they talk about Performance Beef: Cattle Management Software, including how he integrated the software within his own operation in Jay, Okla.

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