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Piglet Nutritional Challenges at Weaning

June 3, 2016

One of the biggest challenges pigs go through in their lives is the first few days after they are weaned. This applies to all mammals as each of them are given special survival tools from their mothers. While the macro nutrients found in sow’s milk such as protein and fat are required for piglet growth and development, sow’s milk also contains micro components which are just […]

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Cost of Missing a Feed Budget in Finishing Pigs

May 16, 2016

Pork producers use feed budgets to more accurately feed a group of pigs.  Feed budgets should be calculated by pounds per head for each ration whenever possible.  Feeding based off of days does not account for intake fluctuations created on stocking density, health, and environment.  The simplest information can be the most difficult to get […]

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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 […]

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Shorten the Duration of Winter Dysentery

April 25, 2016

A viral outbreak of diarrhea in dairy herds commonly known as winter dysentery affects a number of herds in the Midwest during our transition from winter to spring.  The animal becomes susceptible to pathogens that damage the hindgut, causing dehydration, a drop of feed intake/milk production, and result in significant economic losses.  I’ve experienced this first hand […]

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Calving Heifers at 21 Months: Real Dollars, Really Achievable

April 13, 2016

Calving first lactation females on your dairy earlier than you currently do today can challenge your thinking.  Some might not even think it’s possible. To shave a month or two, in some cases 3 months off the average age at first calving can seem like a monumental if not impossible change for a dairy to […]

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Enzymes and their Application in Swine Diets

March 30, 2016

The genetic and management advancements in swine production over the past few decades have created a pig which is extremely efficient at converting grains to protein rich pork. Despite these advances, there is still a large portion of the nutrients fed to pigs which go undigested. These undigested nutrients not only represent a lost opportunity […]

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PerFourMax 21 Heifer Program

March 21, 2016

Form-A-Feed’s new PerFourMax 21 Heifer Program was created based on goals to raising healthier heifers, calving earlier, with faster payback. The basic principles to the PerFourMax21 Heifer Program are: 1. Metabolizable Protein (MP) optimization for growth. 2. Complete macro and micronutrient fortification for a lifetime of health. 3. Body condition management for breeding and calving on […]

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Flies: More Than Just a Nuisance for Cattle

March 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. […]

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Stay on CUE to Reach Your Cattle Performance Goals

March 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 […]

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What happens when heifers fail to meet growth goals?

March 4, 2016

Most dairy producers want their heifers to grow bigger and faster, but how often are we actually reaching those goals?  If your heifers are not reaching growth goals, you could be sacrificing health, productivity, cost, and calving age. To raise healthier and faster growing heifers (from birth to calving), that will calve at the correct […]

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New VFD Regulations Will Affect Most Livestock Producers

February 11, 2016

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. These regulatory changes will take full effect by January […]

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Feed an Amino Acid Balanced Diet for Transition Cow Performance

January 4, 2016

In today’s dairy farming operations we are all affected by the global milk markets.  As nutrition suppliers we are always asked to “get more milk” or “do it cheaper with same the result.” Sounds simple, right? Not always. One way to help improve any milk production issue or income over feed cost is by feeding […]

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