Category: Dairy

Dairy Steers Can Be A Source of Additional Income

September 5, 2018

Low milk prices and tighter margins have dairy producers and those exiting the dairy industry looking for alternative sources of income. Feeding dairy steers can be a viable and profitable option to supplement farm income. Dairy operations already possess several assets that make up a successful dairy steer feedlot: a source of bull calves, a […]

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Robotic Milking: Advice from Producers

August 3, 2018

As part of my summer internship with Form-A-Feed, I had the opportunity to visit with many dairy farmers in the Upper Midwest that are utilizing robotic milking systems.  During my visits with the robotic herds, I came across some common advice from those farmers:   Do your homework! Research robot brands and barn designs. Do […]

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What Are Your Cows Telling You?

July 24, 2018

I often tell a dairy producer that I must speak for the cows when I am justifying the need to make a change to a feeding strategy, management protocol, facility design, and so on.   I don’t like to give human emotions and qualities to cows, but we often hear about the importance of having happy […]

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Coccidiosis: Are Your Calves Susceptible?

May 24, 2018

Coccidiosis is a parasitic disease of cattle, sheep, goats, hogs and poultry. It is caused by microscopic protozoan organisms known as coccidia. They live in the cells lining the intestinal tract. Nearly all mature cattle are infected with coccidiosis, but they have developed a natural immunity to the disease and show no signs or symptoms. […]

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Tend-R-Leen 55th Anniversary Summer Celebration Events

May 21, 2018

Form-A-Feed is excited to celebrate the 55th Anniversary of the Tend-R-Leen program this year. Tend-R-Leen was first introduced to the market in 1963 after years of extensive research as the first high energy, whole shell corn program for dairy steers.  Since that time, the program has evolved to incorporate new technology and feed enhancements to […]

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Form-A-Feed Launches Prime Life Program

April 25, 2018

Form-A-Feed is excited and proud to unveil our new calf program, Prime Life™. The Prime Life program was developed to provide livestock with high quality nutrition during the prime stages of their life. Starting out as young, healthy, growing calves, that successfully transition into strong production animals, the Prime Life program is designed to optimize nutrition […]

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14 On-Farm Ways to Lower Feed Cost

March 20, 2018

Based on the Minnesota Farm Business Management annual report, feed costs represent 40 to 60% of the total cost of producing milk on dairy farms (this includes heifers & dry cows also).  Prices paid for purchased commodities or forages greatly impact feed cost and farm profitability.  Dairy farmers have little control over these prices, unless […]

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Stay the Course in Tough Times

February 26, 2018

As 2018 arrives, so do many new opportunities. However as many know, it also ushers in a period of lower milk prices. In these tough times, there is a real desire for strong communication between myself as a dairy nutrition specialist, and my clients. Being united as a team will bring answers to questions that […]

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10 Winter Care Tips for Better Calf Health

December 28, 2017

Snow has blanketed many areas of the country, and temperatures have dipped below freezing! Use these practical tips to make sure your calves are ready for the cold. 1. Check the feeding temperature of your milk and colostrum. Milk cools quickly when exposed to the colder environmental temperatures and poured into cold bottles or buckets. If you […]

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Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Professional Dairy Conference

December 19, 2017

Form-A-Feed’s Dairy Conference is coming up on January 18-19th, 2018 at Treasure Island Resort and Casino in Red Wing, MN.  This is a conference dairy producers shouldn’t miss! Here’s why: You will learn about business strategies to take your dairy operation from Surviving to Thriving! Our theme for this year’s conference, and our keynote speaker topic […]

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Rumen Health: Challenges and Solutions

November 2, 2017

Rumen health is extremely important to farm profitability. Rumen disturbances can result in inadequate animal performance and cost farms a lot of milk. “Feed the bugs first, then the cows.” There is a lot of truth in this statement. After all, feedstuff passing the rumen undergoes an extensive process of fermentation by the microorganism before […]

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Fine-tune your calf barn cleaning procedures

August 7, 2017

What sets farms with great calf health apart from those that struggle to get calves started? Sanitation. It is a bigger investment of time than money and is certainly near the top of the list of important criteria for getting calves off to a good start. The fewer disease-causing organisms the calf is exposed to, […]

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