In the cattle business, cattle stress and consistent gains don't mix. Like humans, if a steer or heifer is uncomfortable with its surroundings, how it is handled or the company it keeps, its appetite is reduced and so is its profit potential.
A new cattle processing trailer is helping cattlemen remove much of the stress often associated with processing procedures such as implanting or reimplanting, weighing and sorting. The Mobil Cattle Doc (MCD) is an 8- × 24-ft. trailer equipped with its own loading system and hydraulic processing chute. It can be set up easily in virtually any pasture or feeding pen for nearly any cattle operation.
“Cattle can be processed in their own environment without driving them to a specific location that can create unneeded stress on them as well as the crew handling the processing,” says the MCD's inventor, Warren White. He initially developed the unique trailer for use at the 50,000-head custom feedyard he manages near Hereford, TX. It worked so well in improving the feedyard's processing program that he decided to market it, with a unit designed specifically for pasture operations.
Half the time
Ranchers using the pasture model say the time spent on processing is cut in half and stress on the cattle is relieved. Larry Noland of Amarillo, TX, who works his own cattle and custom processes others using the MCD, says the bottom line is there is less stress on the cattle.
“We can also cut your labor costs in half and your time by up to two-thirds,” Noland states. “We have worked probably 20,000 cattle through MCD and know how beneficial it can be for all types of cattle.”
White says one customer set up the unit, implanted, vaccinated and wormed 200 yearlings, then was out of the field — all within an hour and a half. “That's at least a half-day job in most cases,” he says.
“Another customer vaccinated calves and pregnancy-tested cows, over 200 cattle total, in about two hours,” White states. “They did something they never had the opportunity to do before. They processed 300- to 400-lb. calves and 1,200-lb. cows all with the same system.”
The MCD is manufactured by C&S Cattle Handling Equipment in Garden City, KS. It can be pulled with a heavy-duty pickup or tractor. It can be equipped with either a tailgate ramp system that is manually operated or a hydraulic tailgate with a double alley system attachment. Both systems enable cattle to easily enter the trailer work area without being forced.
Driven by an auxiliary 4×-hp generator, the hydraulic system also enables the trailer to be lowered to only 6 in. off the ground to alleviate the need for a ramp for cattle. It also operates the C&S system processing chute. The trailer also may be equipped with an electronic scales system powered by the generator.
The original feedyard unit features a cabinet with built-in hot and cold water systems and storage areas for animal health products.
The MCD, with its portability and ease of handling, enables implanting, reimplanting and preconditioned processing to take place in less time, with less labor and less stress on the cattle.
Cost of the MCD unit with the manual tailgate system, equipped with the hydraulic chute, is about $29,000. The unit with the hydraulic chute and hydraulic tailgate is about $40,000. Units also can be constructed to meet a customer's specific needs. For more information, contact Warren White at 806/578-4325, visit the company's Web site at www.mobilcattledoc.com, visit www.freeproductinfo.net/fin, or circle 200.