October 2021 Cattle Projections

October 4, 2021

October 2021 Cattle Projections October is the time of year that most of us look forward to as a lot of winter and spring prep work come to fruition. Crops are being harvested, and we have a decent outlook on what we will be facing for the upcoming cattle feeding season. We are weaning or […]

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Three Dairy Production Numbers You Need to Look At

September 13, 2021

One of my favorite phrases that I hear is, “we are drowning in information while starving for wisdom.” I am sure everyone has felt this at some point in their life. Dairy farms are great at recording data and collecting information, however analysis of this information can be challenging. When evaluating data, these three production […]

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September 2021 Cattle Projections

September 9, 2021

September 2021 Cattle Projections Cattle numbers for the month of September are a little up and down due to some up and down calf prices as well as a little softening of the live cattle board. Grain prices have also hit some softening but not all are following this trend. Distillers continues to be a […]

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Share your Show Ring Success!

August 16, 2021

We want to celebrate your 2021 show ring success! Share your show pictures with us and you’ll be entered to win a $100 Form-A-Feed coupon! Submit your fair photos by September 7, 2021. Submitted photos may be featured on the Form-A-Feed Facebook page. Limit of three pictures per person.

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August 2021 Cattle Projections

August 4, 2021

August 2021 Cattle Projections Cautiously optimistic are the words that describe the current market trends as we see most columns in the black this month. True cost of gains have started to drop along with the corn price as harvest approaches, but in many areas the drought still calls the shots as producers wait to […]

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Combatting Gut Health Challenges in Growing Pigs

July 28, 2021

Gut health challenges can present themselves in a variety of different ways in pigs.  Physical causes of gut disturbances, such as gastric ulcers or intestinal torsion (twisted gut), can flare up in barns or herds, and may be the result of changes in feed intake patterns or diets, most commonly deriving from environmental temperature changes […]

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Relentless Heat May Cause Urinary Issues in Beef Cattle

July 26, 2021

This prolonged heat spell is going to lead to some issues even after it breaks. One of those potential issues is urinary calculi. This condition is more frequent in males vs. females and more common in steers than bulls due to some physiological reasons. One of the biggest risk factors is elevated dietary phosphorus which […]

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Swine Feeding Projections for July 6, 2021

July 6, 2021

Swine Feeding Projections for July 6, 2021 Changes week over week: Open-market value of weaned pigs were down $4 this week at $40.76 /head and feeder pigs were down $4 at $63.34 /head. Carcass prices for the marketing window of pigs placed this week is $82.15 /cwt with marketing in December. Open corn price for […]

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Harvesting Drought-Stressed Corn for Silage

July 2, 2021

Drought-stressed corn can be a very good forage source if harvested properly.  On the other hand, it can be a complete train wreck if harvested incorrectly.  Timing is critical, and it is very important that one does not wait too long when making the decision to harvest drought stressed corn as silage vs. waiting for […]

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June 2021 Cattle Feeding Projections

June 22, 2021

June 2021 Cattle Feeding Projections June feedlot projections look a lot healthier than last months due to some drops in corn price on the board as investors wait to see how the weather market will play out. Lowered cost of gains and some strength to the live cattle futures shows black ink in quite a […]

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Form-A-Feed Announces 2021 Scholarship Winners

June 17, 2021

Form-A-Feed has selected five students to receive a Form-A-Feed scholarship.  Each year Form-A-Feed awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors and first year college students who are pursuing an agriculture related career at a 2- or 4-year college or university. The following students received a $500 scholarship from Form-A-Feed: Landin Brink, Spicer, MN. South Dakota […]

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Help Your Hogs Beat the Heat This Summer

June 2, 2021

Swine producers face many challenges throughout the lifetime of raising a pig from conception, to birth, to market.  Although many of the early stages receive the most attention, some of the most substantial impact to the bottom line can occur at the very end right before marketing animals.  Limitations in pen space and feeder and […]

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