November 8, 2012
All Aboard for the FS Total Livestock Services 2012 Beef Tour
Thanks to Tom Deters for inviting Summit Livestock Facilities to sponsor this year's FS Total Livestock Solutions beef tour. It was a pleasure meeting the nearly the 60 Southern Illinois beef producers who boarded the bus to tour various facilities and attend the FS Total Livestock Services tour.
A highpoint of this year’s tour included a visit to an outstanding feedlot facility – Todd Slykhuis Slykhuis Farms Raleigh Illinois. This immaculate 60 x 240 foot zero-discharge Monoslope beef barn is permitted for 296-head.
The cattle here look fantastic and (according to owner Todd Slykhuis) are thriving in this new monoslope. Other stops on the tour included lunch and a meeting at the Harrisburg Lyon’s club where participants got the latest information on synchronized breeding feeding co-products calf starting programs and new feeding strategies in times of higher price inputs and the importance of feed.