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Dealing with Heat Stress in Livestock

June 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 […]

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Not All Fat Sources Are Created Equally

May 7, 2015

Adding fat to swine diets has the benefit of improving feed conversion rates, average daily gain, and group uniformity, however, not all dietary fat sources are created equally. Fat sources have different energy values, usage level limitations, palatability, and possible negative effects. As a whole, the quality of a fat source depends upon two overarching […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Essential Oils: more than just natural flavors

March 23, 2015

Essential oils have been used primarily as natural flavorings with potential homeopathic benefits for centuries.  With recent advances in technology, and understanding how to refine these compounds, this old-fashioned approach to health has become a new technology opportunity not only for natural food animal production, but also for mainstream conventional animal performance improvement.  These products […]

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What Diet Energy Density Should I Be Feeding to My Grow-Finish Pigs?

March 10, 2015

Several methods for balancing growing and finishing diets for digestible amino acids, minerals, and vitamins exist today.  However, the energy density of these balanced diets can vary greatly. This will largely be determined by the inclusion rate of by-product feed ingredients (dried distillers’ grains, wheat middlings, etc.) and whether or not an added fat source […]

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Managing the risk of PEDv transmission through feed ingredients

February 19, 2015

The United States swine industry was brought to its knees in the fall and winter of 2013/2014 by porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV). PEDV quickly became a four letter word to many swine producers as an estimated 8 million piglets were lost during this time period. While typical modes of disease transmission were certainly a […]

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2015 Professional Beef Conference proves successful!

February 10, 2015

The 2015 Professional Beef Conference welcomed a few new items to this year’s agenda helping make it one of the most successfully attended conferences to date. Arming our producers with ideas and technologies to help them in their goals of ‘Achieving the Grade’ was a lineup of speakers from differing regions and expertise. From an invited panel […]

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Methionine Shortage

January 14, 2015

Methionine is an essential amino acid that is commonly added to swine and poultry rations fed corn-soybean meal based diets. Methionine is manufactured chemically from several hard to handle raw materials or intermediates (methyl mercaptan, propylene and hydrogen cyanide). Methionine has historically been in adequate supply with stable prices. Some of these intermediates used to […]

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Are You Prepared for Spring Calving?

January 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. By now, many spring-calving cows are in their […]

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