Essential Oils: more than just natural flavors
Essential oils have been used primarily as natural flavorings with potential homeopathic benefits for centuries. With recent advances in technology, and understanding how to refine these compounds, this old-fashioned approach to health has become a new technology opportunity not only for natural food animal production, but also for mainstream conventional animal performance improvement. These products […]
What Diet Energy Density Should I Be Feeding to My Grow-Finish Pigs?
Several methods for balancing growing and finishing diets for digestible amino acids, minerals, and vitamins exist today. However, the energy density of these balanced diets can vary greatly. This will largely be determined by the inclusion rate of by-product feed ingredients (dried distillers’ grains, wheat middlings, etc.) and whether or not an added fat source […]
Managing the risk of PEDv transmission through feed ingredients
The United States swine industry was brought to its knees in the fall and winter of 2013/2014 by porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV). PEDV quickly became a four letter word to many swine producers as an estimated 8 million piglets were lost during this time period. While typical modes of disease transmission were certainly a […]
2015 Professional Beef Conference proves successful!
The 2015 Professional Beef Conference welcomed a few new items to this year’s agenda helping make it one of the most successfully attended conferences to date. Arming our producers with ideas and technologies to help them in their goals of ‘Achieving the Grade’ was a lineup of speakers from differing regions and expertise. From an invited panel […]
Methionine is an essential amino acid that is commonly added to swine and poultry rations fed corn-soybean meal based diets. Methionine is manufactured chemically from several hard to handle raw materials or intermediates (methyl mercaptan, propylene and hydrogen cyanide). Methionine has historically been in adequate supply with stable prices. Some of these intermediates used to […]
Are You Prepared for Spring Calving?
If you look out the window today or anytime recently it would be hard to believe that spring may only be a few weeks away. However, a quick look at the calendar will tell you that spring, and with it spring calving, is right around the corner. By now, many spring-calving cows are in their […]