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Swine Feeding Projections – April 22, 2019

April 23, 2019

Changes week over week: Open-market value of weaned pigs and feeder pigs were steady and unchanged Open corn was steady and SBM prices for the feeding period were up 8 per ton A weaned pig purchased on the open market is showing a profit of $12 per head based on marketing into the October futures. […]

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Interaction with employees is vital to your operation’s success

April 15, 2019

Written by: Mario Solis Flores, Form-A-Feed Technical Services Specialist In many farm operations, it is normal to see owners, leaders or managers get very busy with the day-to-day operations depending on the time of the year. In many circumstances, employee issues arise during the busiest times of the year or when we least expect or […]

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April 2019 Cattle Feeding Projections

April 15, 2019

April 2019 Form-A-Feed cattle projections show some pretty steady numbers compared to last month, it seems most cattle types increased in price according to what the CME live cattle board did as well and thus showing a positive net return. A few items to note: Distillers have seemed to rectify themselves amongst talk of a […]

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Swine Projections

September 14, 2017

Form-A-Feed provides monthly swine feeding projections to keep you in tune with the ever-changing market conditions and how these changes come together to affect profitability.  We have developed a profit analysis program called Results Driven Solutions (RDS) to assess customer profitability given a set of costs, production parameters, and market prices.  We have used this […]

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Keys to Preventing Porcine Respiratory Disease Complex (PRDC)

September 5, 2017

In today’s commercial production facilities, biosecurity is essential for the improvement, maintenance and productivity of our farm animals. Disease outbreaks can have a tremendous negative impact by increasing mortality, increasing production costs, reducing productivity, and decreasing average daily gain which in turn affects the producers’ bottom line. One of the biggest contributors negatively affecting profitability […]

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Wood Joins Form-A-Feed Team as Dairy Production and Nutrition Specialist

August 31, 2017

Ian Wood of Sioux Falls, SD  joined the Form-A-Feed team as a Dairy Production and Nutrition Specialist in August 2017. Wood has been working in the dairy animal nutrition space for the past 26 years. He has served in the dairy production industry in multiple roles including Consulting Nutritionist, Dairy Technical Support Specialist, and Director […]

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Minimizing Heat Stress in Pigs

August 24, 2017

Managing heat stress is crucial in maximizing swine productivity and production. According to Iowa State University, heat stress causes an estimated $330 million in annual losses to the United States swine industry.  During heat stress, the pigs’ body experiences an increase in the blood plasma pH and a decrease in intracellular pH. The pig will […]

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Fine-tune your calf barn cleaning procedures

August 7, 2017

What sets farms with great calf health apart from those that struggle to get calves started? Sanitation. It is a bigger investment of time than money and is certainly near the top of the list of important criteria for getting calves off to a good start. The fewer disease-causing organisms the calf is exposed to, […]

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21 Management Practices to Keep Cattle on Feed During the Heat

July 24, 2017

Summer heat is here and with that comes all the extra work to maintain cattle performance. Aside from using Hydro-Lac® in your feedlot ration, what else do we need to worry about and be checking on during the heat to make sure ration consistency stays palatable? Yards that have less feed drops due to heat […]

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VFD in the Swine Industry: Why It’s Important to Track Antibiotic Usage

July 12, 2017

Antibiotic usage is a key issue that the pork industry will always face, and the pressures of it will only continue to increase in the future. With the Veterinary Feed Directive put into effect at the start of January 2017, many livestock producers are still adjusting, even swine producers. Any swine producer that doesn’t have […]

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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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