SEGMENT: SPECIALTY LIVESTOCK, FARM BUSINESS, & LIVESTOCK FEED

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SEGMENT: SPECIALTY LIVESTOCK, FARM BUSINESS, & LIVESTOCK FEED,

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FARM BUSINESS
In 2002 increased pheasant production to pay for college & also did odd jobs to help raise capital to invest in project. "Snowballed ever since" Had a hard time explaining to his father that they should expand into a pheasant program. Father told him "don't go to far to fast". Notes that parents would not cover college expenses. Reinvested into deer scent company to show less income on paper.
SPECIALTY LIVESTOCK
Description of 3 parts of specialty livestock business. First part is 30,000 ring-neck pheasants both in eggs and young birds. Trophy bucks raised for sale and deer scent collected for sale to hunters. Buffalo raised for personal consumption and 30 people. Notes the brooder barns for baby chicks &, hatchery facility with incubators. Mentions several outbuildings for deer to have shelter as well as fawn barns. Notes size of the livestock operation. Others rent 400 acres up the road for row crops. Alfalfa grown for livestock.
LIVESTOCK FEED
Alfalfa is the forage crop & pheasants eat a pellet made from high protein with corn soybeans vitamins. Deer eat a feed ration of seeds soybeans oats yeast sunflower seeds high calcium and alfalfa. Buffalo do not get supplements because they will get to fat and have trouble with calves, the last 60 days before slaughtering the buffalo they feed corn to put a little more fat into the meat.