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21 Management Practices to Keep Cattle on Feed During the Heat

21 Management Practices to Keep Cattle on Feed During the Heat

Jul 24, 2017
Summer heat is here and with that comes all the extra work to maintain cattle performance. Aside from using Hydro-Lac® in your feedlot ration, what else do we need to worry about and be checking on during the heat to make sure ration consistency stays palatable? Read More
Making the Most of Your Hay

Making the Most of Your Hay

Jun 22, 2017
With early season drought conditions spreading from the eastern half of Montana, across the Dakotas, and into northwest Minnesota, finding high quality pasture and range land has been a challenge. With limited grazing resources, many cattle producers have been forced to turn to hay or other harvested forage much earlier in the season than usual. With hay prices expected to climb due to the increased demand, it is more important than ever to get the most out of hay through minimizing harvest, storage, and feeding losses. Read More
The Cool Side of Managing Heat, Diet and Transport Stress at Breeding Season

The Cool Side of Managing Heat, Diet and Transport Stress at Breeding Season

Apr 28, 2017
The primary area of heat stress impacts on the beef industry has been focused largely on feedlot performance. However, during the course of our field research on Hydro-Lac® for mitigating the effects of heat stress, some astute producers have tied some common sense-logic together with some of the most relevant and latest reproductive science to improve embryo transfer (ET) and artificial insemination (AI) results on their operations. Read More
Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Foot Problems in Beef Cattle

Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Foot Problems in Beef Cattle

Mar 20, 2017
Cattle lameness affects all segments of the beef industry, including cow-calf operations, stockers, and feedlots. Beef producers want healthy cattle to maximize performance, so industry demand brings lameness to the forefront for producers managing feedlot economics and their overall bottom line. If we are to treat the cattle properly we need to figure out what type of lameness we’re dealing with. Read More
Beef Industry Lessons from 2016

Beef Industry Lessons from 2016

Jan 12, 2017
2016 taught us many lessons in the beef industry. You must be innovative, willing to take recommendations, act quickly, have a deep pocket and have a shoulder to cry upon every now and again. Read More
Two Areas You Shouldn't Cut Due to Low Market Prices

Two Areas You Shouldn't Cut Due to Low Market Prices

Nov 1, 2016
There has been a lot of discussion with producers recently on cutting costs due to the lower cattle market. However some cost-cutting efforts can do you more harm than good in the long run. Read More
Corn Silage Harvest: Setting Yourself up to Succeed in 2017

Corn Silage Harvest: Setting Yourself up to Succeed in 2017

Aug 17, 2016
What is the best way to set yourself up to succeed in 2017? Make great forage in 2016. Nothing you will do after making corn silage in 2016 will bring you more profitability than focusing on great corn silage today. Making corn silage is much more than just chopping. Planning for great silage starts today. Read More
Bed Pack Management - Thoughts for Consideration

Bed Pack Management - Thoughts for Consideration

Aug 2, 2016
As Midwest cattle producers, we are faced with all types of weather conditions. With many producers raising cattle in confinement settings, the weather brings a challenge not only for managing cattle but bed packs as well. Whether it is a hoop or mono-slope facility, different seasons bring different challenges to managing bed packs. The decision to have a deep or shallow pack, how much to bed, how often, and how it can affect performance are all concerns and questions producers have. Read More
Lessons Learned from Heat Stress

Lessons Learned from Heat Stress

Jun 22, 2016
Summer is officially here whether we are ready or not. Last weekend’s heat wave was a reminder to many producers how tough summer heat and humidity can be on cattle. We hope you made it through relatively unscathed, but also wanted to take this moment to remind you of some items to consider when it comes to dealing with heat stress. Read More
Meet Form-A-Feed's Beef Intern: Allison VanDerWal

Meet Form-A-Feed's Beef Intern: Allison VanDerWal

Jun 16, 2016
Form-A-Feed is excited to have Allison VanDerWal back for a second year as the Form-A-Feed Beef Intern! We asked Allison a few questions so you can get to know her: Read More
Finishing Strong: Pre-Harvest Management Strategies

Finishing Strong: Pre-Harvest Management Strategies

May 12, 2016
We are currently in the thick of our annual climb in U.S. beef production and fed cattle marketings which seasonally begins in April and runs through June. While most producers devote a considerable amount of time and effort into starting cattle on feed (and rightfully so), little attention is often paid to cattle once they hit the typical “cruise control” point where they are on a full-fed finishing ration and most health concerns are in the rear-view mirror. The 150 plus days cattle spend on feed can all be undone by a poor finish; no different than your favorite baseball team blowing a 5 run lead in the ninth inning. While the bulk of the work may be done, there are still management strategies to keep in mind to ensure cattle finish strong and decrease the odds of having one of those “what in the world happened?” moments when looking back at your grade sheets and closeout reports. Read More
Flies: More Than Just a Nuisance for Cattle

Flies: More Than Just a Nuisance for Cattle

Mar 16, 2016
While the calendar may be telling us there are still a few more days of winter, it’s hard to deny it feels very much like spring across much of the Midwest. While spring may bring green grass and warmer temperatures, it also brings back one of the nastiest enemies known to the cattle industry. Flies. While those stray flies buzzing around our homes may seem like just a common nuisance, flies cause over one billion dollars of damage to the North American cattle industry annually. Read More
Stay on CUE to Reach Your Cattle Performance Goals

Stay on CUE to Reach Your Cattle Performance Goals

Mar 13, 2016
Alternative feeding strategy questions are being asked more and more with the upcoming veterinary feed directive (VFD). Finding ways to proactively manage both health and performance alongside proper feed yard management will become even more important. While many producers have already stepped up their yard maintenance to help improve the management effect on cattle health and performance, many are also looking for more ways to ensure these changes will return better profits at the end of the feeding period. One product aimed at helping producers reach this goal is C.U.E, known as Carbohydrate Utilization Efficiency. This direct fed microbial (DFM) contains 7 strains of live bacteria which provide 1.5 billion colony forming units (C.F.U.) per day. Read More
New VFD Regulations Will Affect Most Livestock Producers

New VFD Regulations Will Affect Most Livestock Producers

Feb 11, 2016
In a process that began several years ago, we are now about 10 months away from the implementation of sweeping changes in FDA regulations affecting the use of antibiotics in animal feeds. These changes will affect the use of antibiotics that are deemed “medically important”, generally meaning that they are also used in human medicine. Read More
Meet nutrition demands of cattle with lic tubs

Meet nutrition demands of cattle with lic tubs

Nov 17, 2015
It’s been a beautiful fall and we can all finally breathe a little bit easier as the crops are off the fields, cows are hitting the stalks and feed yards are ringing with the serenading song of bawling calves. Fall brings an extremely busy time of year for all cattle producers as you rush to put up the best silages, earlages and high moisture corn piles as possible for the upcoming cattle feeding year. During the haste it is important to remember that the cows on residue will be carrying this next year’s calf crop and while it’s easy to forget about them going to stalks, it’s important to make sure you don’t short change them as they begin to transition to late gestation. Read More
Form-A-Feed Internship a Great Learning Experience

Form-A-Feed Internship a Great Learning Experience

Sep 17, 2015
As the new school year begins, my time at Form-A-Feed has come to an end. For those of you I never got the chance to meet, my name is Allison VanDerWal. This summer, I served as the Form-A-Feed 2015 Beef Intern. Most of you might recognize me from either riding along with the beef, swine or dairy team, State Cattlemen’s Tour or Dakota Fest. Read More
Creep Feeding Considerations for 2015

Creep Feeding Considerations for 2015

Aug 17, 2015
As late summer pasture conditions begin to diminish and forage supply is no longer adequate to maximize pre-weaning gains, cow-calf producers begin to ask the annual question “should I creep feed my calves?” For most commercial operations, the answer is typically “it depends.” Read More
Dealing with Heat Stress in Livestock

Dealing with Heat Stress in Livestock

Jun 11, 2015
Summer is finally here and the warm weather is upon us. After a long cold winter everyone looks forward to a little warmth of summer. However, the summer heat, when excessive, can cause major problems in the feed yard with economic losses totaling in excess of $75 million due to production losses. Heat stress is a serious problem in to production agriculture and as producers we can never be too informed on how to protect our livestock. Read More
Biosecurity is YOUR Responsibility

Biosecurity is YOUR Responsibility

May 6, 2015
Although it is important for every visitor to be aware that biosecurity protocols need to be carried out, it is your own responsibility to have a biosecurity plan for your farm. Having your own biosecurity farm plan can potentially save your farm from significant economic loss and lend assurance to consumers that products are safe and wholesome, assisting to ensure consumer demand for product. Biosecurity also helps you keep your animals healthy and farm profitable. Read More
Grass Tetany - It's that time of year again

Grass Tetany - It's that time of year again

May 6, 2015
Spring is my favorite time of year. Calves are on the ground or being born, feedlot cattle are hitting the trucks, and one can gauge how successful their year has been and be reminded of the beauty of new beginnings. Spring also brings rain, or at least it’s supposed to, so that we can produce crops to feed our livestock and our communities, and so that our pasture grasses can grow. Spring also brings the risk of grass tetany or grass staggers. In the beauty of everything becoming ‘green’ again we can sometimes forget about this nutritional disorder which if not prevented, usually has a negative outcome. Read More
Essential Oils: more than just natural flavors

Essential Oils: more than just natural flavors

Mar 23, 2015
Essential oils have been used primarily as natural flavorings with potential homeopathic benefits for centuries. With recent advances Read More
2015 Professional Beef Conference proves successful!

2015 Professional Beef Conference proves successful!

Feb 10, 2015
The 2015 Professional Beef Conference welcomed a few new items to this year’s agenda helping make itone of the most successfully attended conferences to date. Arming our producers with Read More
Are You Prepared for Spring Calving?

Are You Prepared for Spring Calving?

Jan 6, 2015
If you look out the window today or anytime recently it would be hard to believe that spring may only be a few weeks away. However, a quick look at the calendar will tell you that spring, and with it spring calving, is right around the corner. Read More
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