Integrated
Vertical
Cooperative
Profit Maker Bulls

Cooperating Feeders

The Customer Decision Support System REQUIRES feedlot DATA for individual cattle.  Not all feedlots are equipped or interested in providing individual information.  Moreover, we PLAN TO IDENTIFY the SIRES OF the individual ANIMALS having the HIGHEST NET RETURN based on the combination of feedlot costs and carcass value.  This requires DNA SAMPLES be taken, identified and saved FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL ANIMAL being fed.  Again, not all feedlots are equipped or interested in adding this function to the services they provide.

In addition, we are interested in FEEDERS who WANT high QUALITY CATTLE rather than "commodity cattle".  These FEEDERS must HAVE a proven track RECORD of FEEDING and MANAGEMENT to secure the HIGHEST possible RETURN on the individual cattle being fed.  This means sorting, and marketing cattle when they are finished and ready to be sold, not full pen closeouts.  Again, not all feeders offer this kind of service.

Fortunately, there are a number of feeders who meet our profile and will provide these services.

We are CURRENTLY EVALUATING FOUR feeders in Kansas, Nebraska and Texas.  These feeders are being EVALUATED ON CRITERIA we have established for this purpose.  A part of our criteria is that they have a reasonable APPROXIMATION to a PACKING PLANT.  In addition, we plan to have ACCESS TO as many Packers as is geographically feasible TO MAXIMIZE the availability of the various GRIDS.  This is done in order to have as many alternatives as possible TO OPTIMIZE the economic VALUE of the finished cattle.

We anticipate these feeders will be successful in meeting our requirements.  If so, they will become the nucleus of the network of feeders participating in the PMB Integrated Vertical Cooperative.

We will CONTINUE TO EVALUATE feeders over a wide geographical area UNTIL our NETWORK CAN SUPPORT the needs of our present and future BULL CUSTOMERS wherever they may be located.

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