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Super-dosing of Phytase

March 3, 2017

As third and fourth generation phytase enzymes started to be used commonly in feeds, we realized that phytate, the major storage form of phosphorus in plants, is much more of an anti-nutrient limiting performance of swine than just an underutilized nutrient. One of the main reasons why phytate depresses performance is because it has a […]

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Robotic Milking: Is It For You?

February 21, 2017

“What do you think of robotic milkers?” I get this question almost weekly from dairy producers.  I’ll give you my short answer. It is the right thing to do for some farms, but you still need to like cows, work with cows, and manage cows. I personally work with several robot milking farms.  I am […]

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Swine Industry Lessons Learned from 2016 and Looking Ahead to a New Year

February 3, 2017

For most hog producers, 2016 was a year to forget. While feed costs actually fell from 2015 (down just over $5 per weaned pig marketed), profitability proved to be elusive. According to Iowa State University’s Estimated Livestock Returns for 2016, farrow-to-finish producers averaged a loss of $4.72 per head with five profitable months. Wean-to-finish producers […]

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Shedding Light on NDF Digestibility

February 1, 2017

Dairy producers understand the importance of feeding good quality forages.  Feed nutritionists are always looking for ways to use the best quality forages in diets of the highest performing groups of animals.  Digestible forages support high production by providing the necessary energy and nutrients.  They also aid in rumen health and help promote high intakes.  […]

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Beef Industry Lessons from 2016

January 12, 2017

2016 taught us many lessons in the beef industry. You must be innovative, willing to take recommendations, act quickly, have a deep pocket, and have a shoulder to cry upon every now and again. It seems everyone is offering their take on 2016, but one thing is for certain, a precedent $900 million expected in […]

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Records Tracking: Do You Really Know Your Operation?

December 6, 2016

Today, many producers love the opportunity to ‘talk shop’ with other producers about how their production is going. I have seen this firsthand from sharing early Saturday morning coffee with local farmers. Some of their banter is harmless fun, but do today’s producers really know how well their production is doing? What contributing factors of […]

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The Cost to Calving Springing Heifers After 24 Months

November 29, 2016

The best age to calve a first calf heifer is 24 months. Or is it? Every month I look at calving data from thousands of animals and I have come to find that it really depends. In every herd’s youngstock program, there is a point that growing a heifer one month longer yields them no […]

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Steps for Starting Newly Weaned Pigs Out Strong

November 7, 2016

Getting pigs off to a good start is often over looked in many areas, from cleaning of the barn or facility, to proper nutrition. Following a few simple steps will help ensure the correct start to the young pigs. All feed from previous group should be removed from the feedlines and bulk bins.  Any amount […]

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Two Areas You Shouldn’t Cut Due to Low Market Prices

November 1, 2016

There has been a lot of discussion with producers recently on cutting costs due to the lower cattle market. However some cost-cutting efforts can do you more harm than good in the long run. Silage Inoculants Maintaining quality feed stuffs and eliminating waste are huge opportunity areas that I see on a lot of operations. […]

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Increase Fiber Digestibility for Better Lactation Performance

October 18, 2016

Even under an intensive concentrate feeding system, forages are still an important component of dairy cow diets. After all, a cow is a ruminant, and the nutritionist needs to balance rations for fiber in order to keep a functional rumen. However, the energy availability from forages is significantly limited by large quantities of fiber materials […]

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Myth Buster: Antibiotic Use in the Swine Industry

September 23, 2016

GMO free, hormone free, antibiotic free. These three phases are changing the food industry through continued consumer interest in how food is produced, and these labels are highly visible to consumers on many food packages, especially ‘antibiotic free.’ Unfortunately, it’s all become a marketing ploy. As agriculture enthusiasts, we can sit back and blame the […]

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Two Management Practices that Impact Dry Matter Intake in Dairy Cows

September 13, 2016

I thought about beginning this article with a statement like: “in today’s markets…” or “with the recent economic situation in the dairy industry…”, but I am not going to. The management practices that I would like to discuss have proven to be a great investment in any economic and market situation in the dairy industry. […]

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