Locking down problem feed ingredients
We have had very few challenges to this year’s corn in the upper Midwest. An early spring and timely rains have made this a year for growing corn. However let’s dial the clock back to the 2014 crop year. A cold, wet spring led to delayed planting in many areas. After the late start, the […]
Advantages of Pelleted Swine Grow-Finish Feed
Pellet mills and pelleted feeds have been around since the early 1930’s when the company that would eventually become California Pellet Mill (CPM) created their first 30 horsepower mill. While pelleting feed may not be a new concept, pelleted feeds continue to expand into more segments of livestock production. Most swine producers are accustomed to […]
Dealing with Heat Stress in Livestock
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 […]
Not All Fat Sources Are Created Equally
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 […]
Grass Tetany – It’s that time of year again
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 […]
Biosecurity is YOUR Responsibility
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 […]
Essential Oils: more than just natural flavors
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 […]
What Diet Energy Density Should I Be Feeding to My Grow-Finish Pigs?
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 […]
Managing the risk of PEDv transmission through feed ingredients
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 […]
2015 Professional Beef Conference proves successful!
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 […]
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 […]
Are You Prepared for Spring Calving?
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 […]