EXCHANGE: Farmer puts future on display in hoop barn
August 31, 2017
CAMP POINT, Ill. (AP) — What may be the future of the cattle industry in Illinois was on display on Aug. 8 near Camp Point.
Jacob Schmidt keeps cattle in a hoop barn designed for calving, backgrounding and finishing -- a system providing benefits for the cattle, the farmer and the environment.
"I really think the future of the cattle industry is moving to these buildings," Schmidt said. "We are seeing better efficiency in the cow herd in the hoop barn. The cows are very gentle and comfortable and don't burn energy to find food and water."
Unlike keeping cows outside in dry lots and wooded...