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15 Tips to Prepare Your Lots for Summer

April 23, 2020

Spring planting is almost here. Before you take to the tractor seat, get your lot and buildings prepared for the heat and rain of summer. Here are 15 tips to help you be prepared! Put up shade cloth. Clean and adjust feeders to the summer opening of ¾”. Patch any holes that can allow rain […]

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Swine Feeding Projections – April 20, 2020

April 21, 2020

Swine Feeding Projection 4.20.2020 Changes week over week: Open-market value of weaned pigs was down $2 this week to $5.60 /head and feeder pigs were down $13 to $20.17 /head. Carcass prices for the marketing window of pigs placed this week is $53.58 /cwt with marketing in September and October. Open corn price for the […]

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Options for Slowing Down Growth in Pigs

April 14, 2020

The current swine market, affected in large part by the COVID-19 crisis, is in a precarious position.  Market prices for producers are already low, but if packing plants end up decreasing or temporarily suspending the processing of pigs, as we have started to see already, we may be facing a situation where pork producers may […]

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Swine Feeding Projections – April 13, 2020

April 13, 2020

Swine Feeding Projection 4.13.2020 Changes week over week: Open-market value of weaned pigs was down $3 to $7.38 and feeder pigs were down $14 per head to $32.69. Carcass prices for the marketing window of pigs placed this week continued to slip and are at $50.80 /cwt with marketing in September and into October. Open […]

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Glucose Plays an Important Role in Beef Synchronization Programs

April 10, 2020

As you are getting ready for synchronizing your beef cows and yearling replacement heifers this year, your nutrition program should reflect your goals to improve fertilization rate and improve embryo survival rate. Research studies have shown that glucose can help improve embryo development.  Glucose is a major energy substrate for the developing conceptus in ruminants1.  […]

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Achieving and Maintaining Strong Dairy Milk Components

April 8, 2020

Strong milk components have been and always should be an important topic to discuss on dairies.  In no specific order, here are some fundamental points I think about, check, or look at when this topic is brought up. Know the intakes of the cows! There are many factors that are unknown if you don’t know […]

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Swine Projections – April 6, 2020

April 6, 2020

Swine Feeding Projection 4.6.2020 Changes week over week: Open-market value of weaned pigs was down $6 to $10.23 and feeder pigs were not reported due to insufficient volume so we will use the previous weeks reported price for projections this week. Carcass prices for the marketing window of pigs placed this week continued to slip […]

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Form-A-Feed Coloring Contest

April 1, 2020

In light of recent events and many kids at home from school, we have decided to offer a coloring contest as a fun way to pass the time at home! Kids and adults of all ages can enter! To participate, choose from one of the options of coloring pages below and email a picture or […]

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Swine Feeding Projections – March 31, 2020

March 31, 2020

Swine Feeding Projection 3.30.20 Changes week over week: Open-market value of weaned pigs was up $1 to $16.09 and feeder pigs were down $4 to $46.36 per head. Carcass prices for the marketing window of pigs placed this week are at $55.38 /cwt with marketing in August and September. Open corn price for the feeding […]

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5 Favorite Reports to Check Remotely for a Robotic Herd

March 30, 2020

With COVID-19 keeping us at home, here are some things you can look at to check progress on your Lely® farm with a robotic milking system.  Here are my favorite reports to review (in no particular order). Report 43P: This report graphs each cow’s daily milk weight by her days in milk and color codes […]

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Ingredient Update for Swine Diets

March 24, 2020

To say we are living in unique and unprecedented times currently would be an understatement.  One of the positive things I have seen come out of the current social distancing environment is an increased appreciation from the general public to those folks that are involved in the food industry – from raising livestock and crops […]

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Swine Feeding Projections – March 23, 2020

March 23, 2020

Swine Feeding Projection 3.23.20 Changes week over week: Open-market value of weaned pigs was down $10 to $25.45 and feeder pigs were down $5 to $50.89 per head. Carcass prices for the marketing window of pigs placed this week rebounded from their lows at $64.19 /cwt with marketing in August and September. Open corn price […]

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