UNL Improving Panhandle Research Feedlot

The University of Nebraska is beginning construction of the second phase in improving the Panhandle Research Feedlot. In 2006 private donors supported a a significant expansion to the research feedlot. The research feedlot has a capacity for 15 - hundred head with 102 research pens.

With continued private donor support a new improved cattle handling facility is being constructed at the research feedlot six miles north of Scottsbluff. In a interview with KNEB/Rural Radio Network, UNL feedlot management and nutrition specialist Dr. Matt Luebbe says this new facility will allow researchers handle and sort cattle more efficiently.

The new handling facility uses a combination of two different livestock handling systems. A Temple Grandin system and a Bud Williams system, commonly referred to as a "Bud Box".

The versatile system allows researchers to change the facility based on the temperament of the cattle and individuals that are working cattle. In training students and others to handle cattle Luebbe says they can make adjustments to the facility.

It will take approximately three months to construct the new handling facility. During construction, the research feedlot will scale back their cattle numbers. Once construct is complete Luebbe says cattle numbers will be boosted to capacity.

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