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Pre-harvest Protocols with Beta Agonists

April 20, 2022

While beta agonists (ractopamine) aren’t approved for use in cattle sold to all packing facilities, and they aren’t right for all situations (heat stress, too heavy of cattle to start with), they certainly do add additional weight and reduce feed conversion the last 28-40 days on feed. Given excellent returns such as this, with the […]

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Have you seen the price of milk replacer lately?

April 7, 2022

Anyone who buys milk replacer has certainly noticed the increase in the price over the last year. Compared to March 2021, the price of milk replacers have increased by $15 to $20 per bag! Some products are approaching $100/bag. These price increases cause us to ask, “should I feed whole milk instead?” and “how can […]

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DDGs Breakeven Price in Swine Diets for April 4, 2022

April 4, 2022

  Price Corn $6.75/bu Corn $7.00/bu Corn $7.25/bu Corn $7.50/bu Corn $7.75/bu SBM $400/ton $247 $253 $259 $265 $271 SBM $425/ton $258 $264 $270 $276 $282 SBM $450/ton $270 $276 $281 $287 $293 SBM $475/ton $281 $287 $293 $299 $305 SBM $500/ton $292 $298 $304 $310 $316   The preceding table was generated using current […]

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Maternal Nutrition Influences Offspring Performance

March 24, 2022

Most cattle producers understand the importance of delivering the right amount of quality nutrients to cows.  They balance for energy levels (body condition) and protein, and provide supplemental minerals and vitamins, recognizing that these are important for colostrum quality, delivering a healthy calf, milk production and reproductive performance. However, not all are aware of the […]

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March 2022 Cattle Feeding Projections

March 22, 2022

March 2022 Cattle Feeding Projections There isn’t a doubt that we all are riding the fundamentals of the cattle market and trying to outsmart the processors who continue to control cattle movement and thus drive price week to week. Chain space continues to hinder supply, a much needed commodity if we expect beef to start […]

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Calving Mineral and Product Considerations for Calving Season

February 25, 2022

Our favorite time of year is here, calving season! The crisp cold air, the early mornings and late nights and coming out to find a healthy calf and caring momma cow makes it all worth it! Making sure you have a healthy cow to begin with gives you a step ahead in this crucial game. […]

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DDGS Breakeven Price in Swine Diets – Feb 22, 2022

February 24, 2022

  The table below was generated using current pricing for amino acids, fat, and mineral supplements.  DDGs are a good source of energy, protein, and phosphorus in swine diets.  Break-even prices for DDGs given different corn and SBM prices are presented.  For instance, if current corn price is $6.75/bu and SBM is $425/ton, one would […]

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February 2022 Cattle Feeding Projections

February 23, 2022

February 2022 Cattle Projections February cattle projections once again look promising even with a continued increase in cost of gain felt by all cattle feeders. Looking at next February and April 2023 live cattle futures, one can see why the price of cattle continues to rise to place current feeders. Many items can impact the […]

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Biosecurity – Keep Your Swine Herd Healthy and Productive

February 16, 2022

Hog futures prices have been hitting over $100/cwt, meaning every pig on your farm is very valuable.  In addition, grain and feed prices are high, so input costs for each pig are also considerable.  Health is always important and key in running a productive and profitable operation, but never has it been more apparent than […]

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Why You Need to Feed Digestible Enzymes to Your Cows

February 2, 2022

Working to get your cows to reach their full potential? Feeding digestible enzymes can help you do just that. Enzymes have become a top-rated tool our nutritionists use to improve cows’ nutrition by increasing their diet digestibility, which means more energy will be available for milk production. Plus, enzymes can reduce the need for expensive […]

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Kolb Dairy, Inc. Awarded 2021 Form-A-Feed Outstanding Dairy

January 19, 2022

Kolb Dairy, Inc. of Paynesville, MN was awarded the 2021 Form-A-Feed Outstanding Dairy of the Year Award at the Form-A-Feed Professional Dairy Conference at Treasure Island Resort and Casino in Welch, MN on January 13, 2022. This is the 12th year Form-A-Feed has awarded an Outstanding Dairy of the Year Award.  To qualify for this […]

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Winter Cold Stress on Feedlot Cattle

January 6, 2022

We often focus on what summer heat stress steals from our feedlot revenue; but we tend to put the blinders on when we try to account for what winter cold stress costs us as an industry. Perhaps living in the Midwest, we are accustomed to the cold stress and have the mentality to ‘just deal […]

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