Cattle Feeding Services
Industry Leadership — Since its founding in 1975, Cactus Feeders has demonstrated a willingness to try new ideas and take the lead in the beef industry in many areas. Our in-house research efforts have involved new cattle feeding techniques, innovative animal health regimens, creative marketing scenarios and a multitude of other considerations involved in cattle feeding. We have received the Cattle Business of the Century Award, and our people serve in leadership positions in industry associations including the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and Texas Cattle Feeders Association. Mike Engler serves on the TCFA board and Paul F. Engler serves as TCFA past chairman.
Custom Cattle Feeding — We will procure cattle for customers, partner with customers on cattle or feed cattle in retained ownership programs with ranchers and stocker operators. Our customers include those who feed only one or two pens a year as well as those who feed thousands of cattle on a continual basis. Many of our larger cattle feeding customers started with a pen or two just to check us out. And over time, they've come to sense the mutual trust that leads to long-term cattle feeding relationships.
Cattle Financing/Feed Financing — We will assist customers with financing of both cattle and feed. We're also comfortable working with your financial institution if you prefer.
Cattle Performance Record Keeping — We assist cattlemen by gathering performance information that can be used to identify top-performing genetics and practices back at the ranch. Feedlot performance records and packer performance information is available. Individual carcass data can be obtained on request.
Innovative Cattle Marketing — The ever-changing dynamics of the beef industry demand flexibility and creativity in cattle marketing. Cactus Feeders continues to innovate and identify new marketing strategies to assure that customers are receiving maximum value from each head that is sold.
Cattle Research — Our never-ending quest to maximize cattle performance and enhance profitability from the cattle we feed has resulted in a strong research capability. In addition to performance trials of a proprietary nature, we are often asked to participate with major pharmaceutical and feed ingredient developers as new products and techniques are being considered.
We conduct large-scale feeding trials under real-world conditions and understand the intricacies of proper data collection and animal management within the research parameters.
Our customers benefit as new knowledge from this kind of research is applied appropriately throughout the 10 cattle feed lots.
Environmental and Food Safety Responsibility — We operate within HACCP regulations, as well as other environmental and food safety guidelines. Cactus Feeders was recognized by Texas Cattle Feeders Association with their Environmental Stewardship Award in 2000, and has also received Beef Quality Assurance certification.
State-of-the-Art Cattle Health and Nutrition Programs — Full-time nutrition personnel assure that cattle reach maximum performance and profitability for feeding customers. On-site nutritionists Dr. Spencer Swingle and Dr. Kendall Karr bring a wealth of real-world nutrition expertise to our cattle feeding operation. Full time veterinarians Dr. Sam Ives and Dr. Carter King provide expert guidance and assistance concerning animal health as well. Detailed animal health and ration records are available for each customer's cattle.