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Lessons Learned from Heat Stress

June 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 […]

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

June 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: Tell us a little about yourself: My name is Allison VanDerWal. I grew up on my family’s crop and feedlot farm by Sanborn, Minnesota. I was […]

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Meet Form-A-Feed’s Swine Intern: Lisa Janak

June 16, 2016

Form-A-Feed is thrilled to have two swine interns joining our team this summer! One of those interns is Lisa Janak. We asked Lisa a few questions so you can get to know her: Tell us a little about yourself:  I’m from Northfield, MN where I live on a 14 acre hobby farm. On our hobby […]

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Meet Form-A-Feed’s Swine Intern: Lacey Hanson

June 16, 2016

Form-A-Feed is thrilled to have two swine interns joining our team this summer! One of those interns is Lacey Hanson. We asked Lacey a few questions so you can get to know her: Tell us a little about yourself: I grew up in Owatonna, MN. I did not grow up on a farm but I was […]

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Meet Form-A-Feed’s Dairy Intern: Adam Fellbaum

June 16, 2016

Form-A-Feed is excited to have Adam Fellbaum join us this summer as the dairy intern! We asked Adam a few questions so you can get to know him: Tell us a little about yourself: I grew on a small family farm by Swanville where we milk 86 cows and have around 50 sows. Growing up during […]

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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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