SEGMENT: SPECIALTY LIVESTOCK, MARKETING, & GENETICS

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SEGMENT: SPECIALTY LIVESTOCK, MARKETING, & GENETICS,

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SPECIALTY LIVESTOCK
Expansion necessary to keep up with the demand for deer scent. Just six urine collection stalls now. More workers might be needed. Brother would have to spend more time at the farm.
SPECIALTY LIVESTOCK
Describes herd composition. Describes Buffalo dislike of being inside. Fencing for buffalo is 8 feet & high tensile strength. Fence will stretch out and spring the buffalo back. Father always wanted a buffalo. Children bought him buffalo for his birthday to replace cows.
LIVESTOCK CARE
Buffalo require little maintenance. Mentions pink eye. Could vaccinate but it is better to leave them alone. Once a year they get wormed. No antibiotics in the meat.
FARM EQUIPMENT
Have to have a special handling shoots. Wants a head gate to hold the buffalo.
MARKETING
Sells to a number of people. Either buy a whole half or quarter, send it to a butcher. Buffalo costs more to produce than a beef calf. Buffalo are less efficient at producing & require more space. Meat now sold for $1.10 a pound.
GENETICS
Population has dropped and the genetic pool is at a bottle neck. Inbreeding is a real problem now. Tries to improve the genetic diversity. Does not want a father-daughter breeding situation. A new bull could cost a lot or they may just trade.