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Bryant's 'Hoop Beef SystemŽ' popular with cattle feeders

Thursday, March 11, 2010

In 2001, veterinarian and seasoned cattleman Dr. Robert Bryant of Aurelia began to experiment with what would come to be known as the Hoop Beef SystemŽ.

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Originally used to house cows and calves during the harsh Iowa winters, Bryant quickly saw the potential for feediong and backgrounding cattle. He was convinced hoop structures would work for feeding cattle.

Over the next several years, he perfected the System, finally applying for a patent in 2006. The Hoop Beef SystemŽ was introduced to the general public in June 2006. The first Open House had more than 400 cattle feeders andcattle industry representatives in attendance.

Since that date, the Hoop Beef SystemŽ has grown across the Midwest at a phenomenal rate, and as of this year, Hoop Beef SystemŽ has more than 130 systems operating in 10 states.

The origins of the Hoop Beef System go all the way back to the mid-1950s. Bryant's first cattle on feed were fed in an open lot using a scoop shovel to feed ground ear corn.

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After returning to Northwest Iowa after graduating from Veterinary School at Iowa State University, Bryant helped build a 640-head open feedlot with his father and brother. He built and owned several confinement cattle feedlots in NW Iowa in the late 1960s and 1970s. At one time, he even marketed his own branded beef harvested at a leased packing plant.

But the slatted floor systems were very hard on the cattle's feet and legs, and he began to question and explore other options.

Among the many benefits of the Hoop Beef SystemŽ buildings are sheltered and shaded cattle, center ridge vent for natural fresh air ventilation, dry bedding, "open front" feed bunk on south side of building with curtain on north side to allow for summer ventilation, and a consistent environment for cattle to thrive.

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The buildings are 36-feet wide with a 4-foot awning on the south side over the feed bunk.

Beef producers can build their own Hoop Beef SystemŽ barns, hire their own contractor, or purchase a turn-key operation for the 320-head barns.

You can contact Hoop Beef SystemŽ at toll free 1-888-683-9076, or at the website at hoopbeef.com. FAX number is 605-741-5044.



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