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Corn Silage Harvest: Setting Yourself up to Succeed in 2017

August 17, 2016

What is the best way to set yourself up to succeed in 2017? Make great forage in 2016.  Nothing you will do after making corn silage in 2016 will bring you more profitability than focusing on great corn silage today.  Making corn silage is much more than just chopping. Planning for great silage starts today. […]

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Bed Pack Management – Thoughts for Consideration

August 2, 2016

As Midwest cattle producers, we are faced with all types of weather conditions. With many producers raising cattle in confinement settings, the weather brings a challenge not only for managing cattle but bed packs as well. Whether it is a hoop or mono-slope facility, different seasons bring different challenges to managing bed packs. The decision […]

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Vitamin Supplementation in Young Pigs

July 26, 2016

Over the last 4 to 5 years there have been more cases of sub-optimal vitamin D status in young pigs.  Experience from producers and vets suggest that the Peri-weaning Failure to Thrive Syndrome (PFTS) is also related to suboptimal vitamin D.  The vitamin D levels in colostrum are low and even lower in sow’s milk […]

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Not All Bugs Are Bad: Let’s Talk About DFMs

July 15, 2016

What does a bee, the flu, Bugs Bunny, and bacteria all have in common? Bugs! Although often enough, our first impression of a bug is usually something that isn’t favored, but there are also a lot of bugs that can help out our livestock production systems throughout the course of the year. A DFM is […]

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Lessons Learned from Heat Stress

June 22, 2016

Summer is officially here whether we are ready or not. Last weekend’s heat wave was a reminder to many producers how tough summer heat and humidity can be on cattle. We hope you made it through relatively unscathed, but also wanted to take this moment to remind you of some items to consider when it […]

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Meet Form-A-Feed’s Beef Intern: Allison VanDerWal

June 16, 2016

Form-A-Feed is excited to have Allison VanDerWal back for a second year as the Form-A-Feed Beef Intern! We asked Allison a few questions so you can get to know her: Tell us a little about yourself: My name is Allison VanDerWal. I grew up on my family’s crop and feedlot farm by Sanborn, Minnesota. I was […]

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Meet Form-A-Feed’s Swine Intern: Lisa Janak

June 16, 2016

Form-A-Feed is thrilled to have two swine interns joining our team this summer! One of those interns is Lisa Janak. We asked Lisa a few questions so you can get to know her: Tell us a little about yourself:  I’m from Northfield, MN where I live on a 14 acre hobby farm. On our hobby […]

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Meet Form-A-Feed’s Swine Intern: Lacey Hanson

June 16, 2016

Form-A-Feed is thrilled to have two swine interns joining our team this summer! One of those interns is Lacey Hanson. We asked Lacey a few questions so you can get to know her: Tell us a little about yourself: I grew up in Owatonna, MN. I did not grow up on a farm but I was […]

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Meet Form-A-Feed’s Dairy Intern: Adam Fellbaum

June 16, 2016

Form-A-Feed is excited to have Adam Fellbaum join us this summer as the dairy intern! We asked Adam a few questions so you can get to know him: Tell us a little about yourself: I grew on a small family farm by Swanville where we milk 86 cows and have around 50 sows. Growing up during […]

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Piglet Nutritional Challenges at Weaning

June 3, 2016

One of the biggest challenges pigs go through in their lives is the first few days after they are weaned. This applies to all mammals as each of them are given special survival tools from their mothers. While the macro nutrients found in sow’s milk such as protein and fat are required for piglet growth and development, sow’s milk also contains micro components which are just […]

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Cost of Missing a Feed Budget in Finishing Pigs

May 16, 2016

Pork producers use feed budgets to more accurately feed a group of pigs.  Feed budgets should be calculated by pounds per head for each ration whenever possible.  Feeding based off of days does not account for intake fluctuations created on stocking density, health, and environment.  The simplest information can be the most difficult to get […]

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Finishing Strong: Pre-Harvest Management Strategies

May 12, 2016

We are currently in the thick of our annual climb in U.S. beef production and fed cattle marketings which seasonally begins in April and runs through June. While most producers devote a considerable amount of time and effort into starting cattle on feed (and rightfully so), little attention is often paid to cattle once they […]

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