Simplot - Q3 2018

Meet Tim B My Name is Tim Bachman, and I am the beef sales representative for the Treasure Valley and southwest region of Idaho. I was born and raised in Nampa, Idaho. My wife and I currently live in Meridian, Idaho. We just had our first child, Jackson, on August 16. He’s 8 pounds 11 ounces, and both he and his mom are doing great! When I am not working, I enjoy hunting, fishing, golfing, and spending time with family. I started working for Simplot Western Stockmen’s in the spring of 2015. I was initially attracted to working for Simplot for its agricultural background and the fact that it is a family-run company. Both sides of my family are in the ranching business. I knew I wanted to become involved in the cattle business, and Simplot Western Stockmen’s has allowed me to do so. I love learning how we can continue to support the producer and help them be more profitable within their operation. I have always loved sales and working with cattle; SWS has given me the opportunity to have the best of both worlds. I feel I set myself apart from the competition through customer service and product knowledge. I work toward establishing strong relationships with my producers. Understanding the producers’ obstacles allows me to provide the best product available for their needs. I strive to stay up-to-date on the latest vaccine or product that my customers will benefit from. It is difficult to effectively sell to a customer if I cannot show how a particular product will address

Doc Talks: Weaning Fall Calves

Weaning beef calves in the fall is one of the most stressful times in a calf’s life. We need to do all we can to minimize the stress and keep the calves healthy. Calves that are on the rangeland pastures are particularly subject to getting sick. They may be trailed several miles in hot, dusty conditions before they are sorted and loaded on a truck to be hauled to their new home. They should be unloaded in a secure area with good grass, hay, and water readily available and be allowed to rest before they are processed. Diet changes can begin as soon as calves are eating and have stopped walking the pen. Feed changes should be gradual. These calves should receive vaccines that do not stress their immune systems. The intranasal vaccines are good at this time but do not give long-term immunity. Many of these calves are deficient in trace minerals due to lack of supplementation or antagonisms from other minerals in the soil in rangeland. They should be placed on a good mineral. It may take 45 days to get levels to normal range. Do not make sudden ration changes, and keep plenty of roughage in their diet. Calves on irrigated pastures can be weaned with minimal stress using either fence-line weaning or by applying quiet weaning nose tags and leaving them with their mothers. If the quiet weaning strategy is used, the bulls should be removed from the herd as the older heifer calves are approaching sexual maturity. Diet and nutrition should be similar to the rangeland calves. Vaccination protocols can include injectable viral vaccines, as these calves are not under as much stress as the rangeland calves. All calves should be observed daily for signs of disease and treated appropriately. If you have a weaning program that has worked well for you in the past, you may not want to change your protocol as each ranch is different, and what works for one may not work well for another.

Coming Soon: Rawhide Po

For many years, our company has offered cattlemen fencing products to keep their livelihoods safe and secure on privately owned land. Chutes, panels, gates, and electric fencing have provided what is necessary to livestock owners, but now it is time to take things to the next level of convenience. We would like to introduce the Rawhide Portable Corral System, the latest addition to our fencing solutions. This corral-on- wheels folds up and travels as a trailer when it’s time to round up your herd out on pasture. After hauling it to the desired location, it takes just 10 minutes to set up with the help of an electric hydraulic jack. That means no lifting and less labor required to give cattle the attention they need.

-Dick Fredrickson, DVM

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