On 9 February 2018, 5th year veterinary students of University of Pretoria came together at Onderstepoort Faculty to commence the annual feedlot challenge.
Students were divided into five groups of 18-25 students per group and will compete against each other to determine who will the best in raising cattle in commercial feedlot circumstances. Preparation involved financial planning and budgeting given the current market conditions; selecting claves for feedlot potential from performance data and conformation; purchasing approximately 10 calves at a closed auction held specifically for the feedlot challenge; determine and apply the processing strategy, including identification, antiparasitics, growth stimulants, vaccinations, metaphilaxis and any processes deemed necessary; design the feed formulations, based on a raw material order list; mix the rations and manage their own feed store ,and determine and apply the marketing strategy and accounting and reporting on important financial indicators for a feedlot. They will be evaluated on various parameters, including average daily gain and carcass dressing percentage.
SA Premix is proud sponsors of this year’s feedlot challenge and sponsored the premix for the feedlot rations. SA Premix’s Tanel Bartosch (nutritionist) worked with Shaun Morris, feedlot vet, and Henning Vermaak, feedlot formulation consultant, in supplying and formulating the premix for the rations.