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State-of-the-Art Beef Production Facility Opens

August 01, 2012

A new State-of-the-Art Beef Production Facility recently opened in Andover, Iowa by Johnson Valley Beef. Incorporating best practices in design, environmental impact and animal comfort and a new state-of-the-art beef production facility.

The facility was designed for both better beef cattle production economics and positive environmental impact through total animal confinement.

"When our local builder in the area, Ross River of River Service Company, came to us with this project we were thrilled to be part of the team," said Tom Wick, President and General Manager for Wick Buildings, LLC. "This design really incorporates the best of the best when it comes to ventilation, protection from the elements and minimizing labor for cleaning and feeding."

Owners Jason Johnson and Sherril Johnson have operated a custom feeding operation at their farm since 2005. This addition to their existing feeding operations adds 720 head of cattle space in a pit confinement facility. They decided to build a pit with slat design due to the improved feed conversion, animal gains and fertilizer value they have experienced in their older pit confinement building in comparison to bedded barns with lots, of which they have both types.