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University of Nebraska opens new Feedlot Innovation Center

A new facility housed at the Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center (ENREEC) aims to help commercial feedlots test and develop new technologies.

Director Doug Zalesky says the Klosterman Feedlot Innovation Center features four different housing systems for cattle.

“We can compare these different housing systems in terms of looking at performance and cattle comfort and health,” he says.

He tells Brownfield the $7.2 million facility includes open air and covered pens, with different flooring mechanisms.

“We’ll look at feet and leg, the comfort of the animals, how it impacts them,” he says. “The same thing is true on the roller compacted concrete.”

The center boasts a feed technology building where Zalesky says individual animal data collection can occur.

“And (we) can control when animals eat, where they eat, how much they eat, how long they eat and look at different rations,” he says. “We can control a lot of those with this feeding system.”

The center also includes a cattle handling facility with an enclosed classroom where cattle movement can be observed.

Zalesky says they hope to move cattle into the new facility near Mead within the next month.

Photo credit: Craig Chandler

AUDIO: Doug Zalesky, University of Nebraska

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