Cattle Facilities

Cattle Facilities

a.  Capacity for 3,500-head of cattle
b.  Different pen sizes allowing adequate space for any
research protocol or marketing study
1) Majority of pens are designed for eight to ten
head with the capability of expanding to 16 to
20 head
2) Pens designed to provide 25-100 head capcitity
3) 2 pens with 240-head capacity
4) Reduced pathogen environment area—Sero-
negative cattle are available seasonally.
5) Wheat and grass pastures available seasonally
c. Feeding facilities
1) Industry standard and up-to-date feed mixing
and delivery system
2) Feed and ingredient weight measures for
maximum sensitivity
3) Micro ingredient machine
4) State of the art feedmill with 18x36 inch Ferrell
Ross grain roll—steam flaked grain, fat tank; there-
fore, simulate the industry.
5) Co-efficient of variation mixer equipment
See Agri Research Center, Inc. mixer truck
d. Cattle weighing facilities
1) Initial individual weights with computerized
chute system
2) Individual check weights and finished cattle weights with computer walk thru system
a) Video imaging
b) Ultrasound measurement

(individual weights in one-pound increments)
4) Grow Safe Electronic Feed Measuring System
e. Field research in partnership with David T.
Bechtol, DVM
1) Disease-incidence studies
2) Head-to-head comparison studies
3) Vaccination studies
safety and efficacy
a) Ranch
b) Grazing
c) Feedlot
4) Feed additive studies
5) Implant studies
6) Medication studies

2. Disease Detection and Evaluation
a. Illness induction procurement programs
1) Ranch origin cattle
2) Salebarn/order buyer cattle
3) Controlled exposure BRD stress protocol
4) Artificial challenge model IBR/BVD-Pasteurella
b. Diagnostic collection
1) Nasal/tracheal swabs
2) Serology
3) Microbiology
4) Necropsy—gross pathology

5) Texas A&M Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Amarillo, Texas

6) Circle H Laboratories Dalhart, Texas

c. Subjective evaluation of cattle by experienced staff

3. Equine Facilities
a. Equine facilities have a capacity of 20 horses with 
room for expansion as needed
b. Horses available for microfilaria (Anchocerca,spp) and
nematode infection (BLM)

4. Reduced Pathogen Environment Area
a. Designed for evaluating biological products
b. Shower and change clothes both into
and out of the facility (BSL)
1) Contamination precaution area
a) Provides a clothes-changing area with a natural
environment side and a reduced pathogen-free
environment side
b) Shower area
2) Separate cattle working and processing area
3) Separate unloading area with a 100’ x 100’ hold-
ing pen with concrete feed bunks 
4) Six 20’ x 50’ treatment and/or challenge pens 50’
5) Two 20’ x 50’ control pens
6) 4-75 head pens for longer term studies
c. Seronegative cattle available seasonally—advance
notice must be given

6. Nutrition Evaluation
a. Jim Simpson of Simpson Nutrition Services pro-
vides nutrition consultation
b. Available as principal investigator for nutrition
studies upon request

7. Carcass Evaluation
a. Beef Research Department
of West Texas A&M University thru Ty Lawrence provides beef-carcass
b. Cost depends upon protocol requirements
c. Evaluation includes:
1) Tag transfer
2) Cold carcass scale weights
3) Ribeye measurement
4) Fat thickness
5) In-house grading
6) Liver observation

8. Office Facilities
a. Computerized records system
1) Feedyard accounting system
2) Office management system
3) Cattle accounting system
4) Individual cattle weight system
5) Feed—truck fed system
6) Data collection network
7) Grow Safe Electronic Feed Measuring System
b. Laboratory
Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic
Laboratory, Amarillo, Texas (12 miles north from
Agri Research Center, Inc.)

Circle H Laboratories Dalhart, Texas




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