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Making the Most of Your Hay

June 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. […]

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Setting Your Fresh Cows Up for Success with Hydro-Lac®

June 20, 2017

Returning fresh cows to positive energy balance as fast as you can after calving is the end goal of any transition program.  We do this by feeding a well-balanced, consistent particle length pre-fresh ration to maximize dry matter intake.  At the same time, we provide a clean, comfortable, well-ventilated facility and try not to overcrowd […]

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14 Ways to Increase Profits on Today’s Dairy Farm Without rBST

May 23, 2017

Today, in most businesses across the world, we have tighter profit margins, and that includes America’s dairy farm.  This is due to increased demand for lower prices by the public and the ever-increasing exit of the dairy farmer out of the industry. Fewer and fewer folks are milking more cows, bigger feedlots and larger swine […]

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

April 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 […]

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Have a Comprehensive Plan to Beat Heat Stress

April 20, 2017

Even though hot summer days seem weeks away, now is the time to start protecting your herd against heat stress. Cow comfort, cow behavior, and grouping issues exacerbate themselves when heat stress is added to the mix. Lower milk production, poorer reproduction, elevated somatic cell count (SCC), increased lameness, and increased cull rate can all […]

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Form-A-Feed Announces Scholarships for Students Pursuing Agriculture

April 1, 2017

Form-A-Feed and the Nelson Family Companies are proud to present two $500 scholarships and one $1,000 scholarship to students interested in pursuing a 2 or 4 year degree to a college or university and pursuing agriculture. Form-A-Feed’s mission is to feed the world through professionalism, quality products and innovative solutions.  For over 40 years this […]

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Evaluating Technologies and Innovations for Dairies

March 27, 2017

Dairies have been adopting new technologies for generations.  Our grandparents or great-grandparents may have been among the first in the area to use a milking machine, or AI.  Can you imagine dairying without bulk tanks and refrigeration, or automatic waterers?  Now, robotic milkers and computerized calf feeding systems are common.  New tools and technologies are […]

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

March 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 […]

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Super-dosing of Phytase

March 3, 2017

As third and fourth generation phytase enzymes started to be used commonly in feeds, we realized that phytate, the major storage form of phosphorus in plants, is much more of an anti-nutrient limiting performance of swine than just an underutilized nutrient. One of the main reasons why phytate depresses performance is because it has a […]

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Robotic Milking: Is It For You?

February 21, 2017

“What do you think of robotic milkers?” I get this question almost weekly from dairy producers.  I’ll give you my short answer. It is the right thing to do for some farms, but you still need to like cows, work with cows, and manage cows. I personally work with several robot milking farms.  I am […]

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Swine Industry Lessons Learned from 2016 and Looking Ahead to a New Year

February 3, 2017

For most hog producers, 2016 was a year to forget. While feed costs actually fell from 2015 (down just over $5 per weaned pig marketed), profitability proved to be elusive. According to Iowa State University’s Estimated Livestock Returns for 2016, farrow-to-finish producers averaged a loss of $4.72 per head with five profitable months. Wean-to-finish producers […]

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Shedding Light on NDF Digestibility

February 1, 2017

Dairy producers understand the importance of feeding good quality forages.  Feed nutritionists are always looking for ways to use the best quality forages in diets of the highest performing groups of animals.  Digestible forages support high production by providing the necessary energy and nutrients.  They also aid in rumen health and help promote high intakes.  […]

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