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Feed an Amino Acid Balanced Diet for Transition Cow Performance

January 4, 2016

In today’s dairy farming operations we are all affected by the global milk markets.  As nutrition suppliers we are always asked to “get more milk” or “do it cheaper with same the result.” Sounds simple, right? Not always. One way to help improve any milk production issue or income over feed cost is by feeding […]

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Iodine Values: Pigs are what they Eat

December 1, 2015

While pork carcasses are not typically classified by quality like beef carcasses, there is one measure of carcass quality which is very closely monitored by meat packers: iodine value (IV). This name is a bit misleading as it has nothing to do with the iodine in a pig’s diet but rather it describes a chemical […]

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Meet nutrition demands of cattle with lic tubs

November 17, 2015

It’s been a beautiful fall and we can all finally breathe a little bit easier as the crops are off the fields, cows are hitting the stalks and feed yards are ringing with the serenading song of bawling calves. Fall brings an extremely busy time of year for all cattle producers as you rush to […]

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Form-A-Feed Internship a Great Learning Experience

September 17, 2015

As the new school year begins, my time at Form-A-Feed has come to an end. For those of you I never got the chance to meet, my name is Allison VanDerWal. This summer, I served as the Form-A-Feed 2015 Beef Intern. Most of you might recognize me from either riding along with the beef, swine […]

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2015 Swine Conference Highlights

September 2, 2015

We are continuing to make our Professional Swine Conference bigger and better each year.  2015’s Swine Conference was no exception as we offered two days of activities, networking, and educational speakers in beautiful Okoboji, IA. On day one, the morning rain held up in the afternoon as speakers, sponsors, and producers enjoyed a round of […]

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Creep Feeding Considerations for 2015

August 17, 2015

As late summer pasture conditions begin to diminish and forage supply is no longer adequate to maximize pre-weaning gains, cow-calf producers begin to ask the annual question “should I creep feed my calves?” For most commercial operations, the answer is typically “it depends.” Many factors go in to making the decision of whether or not […]

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Locking down problem feed ingredients

August 16, 2015

We have had very few challenges to this year’s corn in the upper Midwest. An early spring and timely rains have made this a year for growing corn. However let’s dial the clock back to the 2014 crop year. A cold, wet spring led to delayed planting in many areas. After the late start, the […]

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Advantages of Pelleted Swine Grow-Finish Feed

July 24, 2015

Pellet mills and pelleted feeds have been around since the early 1930’s when the company that would eventually become California Pellet Mill (CPM) created their first 30 horsepower mill. While pelleting feed may not be a new concept, pelleted feeds continue to expand into more segments of livestock production. Most swine producers are accustomed to […]

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Dealing with Heat Stress in Livestock

June 11, 2015

Summer is finally here and the warm weather is upon us. After a long cold winter everyone looks forward to a little warmth of summer. However, the summer heat, when excessive, can cause major problems in the feed yard with economic losses totaling in excess of $75 million due to production losses. Heat stress is […]

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Not All Fat Sources Are Created Equally

May 7, 2015

Adding fat to swine diets has the benefit of improving feed conversion rates, average daily gain, and group uniformity, however, not all dietary fat sources are created equally. Fat sources have different energy values, usage level limitations, palatability, and possible negative effects. As a whole, the quality of a fat source depends upon two overarching […]

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Grass Tetany – It’s that time of year again

May 6, 2015

Spring is my favorite time of year. Calves are on the ground or being born, feedlot cattle are hitting the trucks, and one can gauge how successful their year has been and be reminded of the beauty of new beginnings. Spring also brings rain, or at least it’s supposed to, so that we can produce […]

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Biosecurity is YOUR Responsibility

May 6, 2015

Although it is important for every visitor to be aware that biosecurity protocols need to be carried out, it is your own responsibility to have a biosecurity plan for your farm. Having your own biosecurity farm plan can potentially save your farm from significant economic loss and lend assurance to consumers that products are safe […]

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