Safety First: Safety Tips for Corn Silage Harvest

August 2, 2019

Your safety and your employees’ safety should be top priority, even during busy seasons such as corn silage harvesting. Here are some tips you can take back to the farm with you during corn silage season: Minimize the number of people on-foot and around areas where silage wagons, trucks, and pack tractors will be passing. […]

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Wisconsin Farm Technology Days – Guess the Weight Winners

July 30, 2019

Wisconsin Farm Technology Days was held last week July 23-25 in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin. At the Form-A-Feed booth we showcased the Tend-R-Leen steers provided by Rising Rock Farms in Ixonia, WI. Attendees had the opportunity to guess the combined weight of the steers for a chance to win a Form-A-Feed clock! The two Tend-R-Leen steers […]

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Swine Projections – July 23, 2019

July 26, 2019

Changes week over week: Open-market value of weaned pigs were up $1-$2 at $36.61 per head and feeder pigs were down by $3 per head at $47.77. Carcass prices for the marketing window of pigs placed this week is $82.28 /cwt   Open corn prices for the feeding period is $4.48 /bu SBM price for […]

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Summer Management Considerations for Self-Fed Cattle

July 22, 2019

Written by Don Cleaver and Daniel Kohls, Form-A-Feed, Inc. Not unlike TMR-fed cattle, warm-season stressors affect cattle finished on self-feeders as well.  In fact, summertime is when we see the greatest amount of management issues arise in cattle fed with this method, especially in heavyweight cattle.  Issues such as bloat, off-feed and founder seem to […]

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Humidity, Wet Pastures, and Foot Rot

July 18, 2019

Summer has officially arrived but “Spring Showers” continue to inundate the mid to southwest regions of the United States. Saturated pastures coupled with humid conditions bring on the threat of lameness and producers need to be on the look-out.  Lameness is the first sign of foot rot, a highly infectious and sub-acute disease affecting cattle […]

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July 2019 Cattle Feeding Projections

July 16, 2019

There are some positive notes to this month’s cattle feeding projections finding certain classes of cattle back in the black. One thing to definitely highlight is that the low efficiency groups sort themselves to the bottom justifying the cause for better management and quality feedstuffs to ensure a positive return on investment. Feeder calf prices […]

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Keep Your Book of ‘Thumb Rules’ Up-To-Date on Your Dairy

July 10, 2019

The dairy industry has seen many improvements over the years in dairy nutrition: forage production, harvesting, and storage, cattle facilities, animal husbandry, reproduction programs, milking equipment and procedural strategies, and various management techniques.  These changes and improvements have resulted in updated ‘thumb rules’ and benchmarks that guide dairy managers, employees, and consultants in managing and […]

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Swine Feeding Projections – June 24, 2019

June 26, 2019

Changes week over week: Open-market value of weaned pigs were steady at $36.55 per head and feeder pigs were down by $9 per head at $54.04. Carcass prices for the week are $72.38 /cwt. Open corn prices continue to trend higher for the feeding period is $4.50 /bu. SBM price for the week is $311 […]

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Form-A-Feed Announces 2019 Scholarship Winners

June 25, 2019

Form-A-Feed has selected four students out of over 30 applicants 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. Logan Tesch from Henderson, MN received a $1,000 scholarship. He […]

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June 2019 Cattle Projections

June 18, 2019

2019 June Form-A-Feed Cattle Projections show a mixed bag when it comes to profits and COG (cost of gain). Still taking into consideration the pressure that the delayed harvest has on getting crops, i.e. feedstuffs, into the ground puts a lot of pressure on the cattle market when many feedlots are already short of feedstuffs […]

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Fly Control in Your Herd

June 13, 2019

Fly control is sometimes the last thing on producer’s minds in the summertime. There is a lot going on and a lot to do, but fly control should be a high priority. Flies affect your cattle more than you think. Horn flies are the main cause of distress in cattle. They take about 20-40 blood […]

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Swine Feeding Projections – June 3, 2019

June 6, 2019

Changes week over week: Open-market value of weaned pigs for the week were down $9 to $43.88 while feeder pigs were down $6 per head at $69.07. Open corn price was up $0.03 per bushel for the week on continued planting delay concerns, while SBM was up $20 per ton. Carcass prices as of Monday […]

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