Benefits and Observations from Past Customers--Part 6
2/1/2012 12:43 PM
For 25 years Todd Warkenthien has observed the ups and downs in the beef industry as the owner of Warkenthien Feedyard, Inc. With the rising costs of feed, cattle producers are finding it more important than ever to keep their operation costs low, while maintaining herd health and productivity. Todd states, "With the environment factors surfacing and more importantly, the high grain prices, feeding cattle as efficient as possible determines whether or not we stay in the business."
Todd chose a fabric covered building to hedge against unpredictable market conditions. Preventing exposure of his cattle to fluctuating weather patterns is an important piece of Warkenthien's strategy. "We feel the building will benefit our business by giving us indoor pens during the winter and allowing shade during the heat of the summer," says Todd. The abundant natural light that is allowed into the building by the translucent cover provides a relaxing environment that contributes to the health and productivity of the cattle and saves energy at the same time.
The high ceilings combined with a 10 inch ridgevent; and curtains provide continuous air movement within the building. Warkenthien concludes that there is an improvement in air quality compared to to a steel building. A 48 inch eave overhang provides cover over the bunkline, allowing more animal space inside.
As a final observation, Todd states, "We are very satisfied with our building."