Mar 02

6 things to replace for a profitable feed yard in 2016

6 things to replace for a profitable feed yard in 2016 6 things to replace for a more profitable feed yard in 2016

Stop. Wait a minute. It’s 2016 on the farm, isn’t it?

Yes, we are in fact storming through winter farming with the latest batches of rain and snow causing a hectic start to 2016 for many feedlot owners in the Northern Hemisphere. Yet before we leap into spring, let’s circle back to some of our New Year’s resolutions and take a look at six things we can replace to help promote a profitable feed yard this year:

1)      Resolution #1 — Replace bad news sources

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Jul 29

What’s Hiding in Your Feed?

What’s Hiding in Your Feed?

This summer’s excessive rain has left the wheat harvest lagging behind and the crop in suboptimal condition, according to one grain management expert.

Dr. Max Hawkins, a nutritionist with Alltech’s Mycotoxin Management Team, said that the most common mycotoxin issue with wheat is Deoxynivalenol (DON), produced by Fusarium graminareum mold. This is the same mold that produces Fusarium Head Blight (FHB), and the two are commonly associated in wheat. However, in some cases DON can still be present even if FHB is not spotted.

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Jul 18

Is Grain Quality Stealing From Your Profits

Is Grain Quality Stealing From Your Profits

The old saying, “We are scraping at the bottom of the barrel,” seems about right when it comes to the current feed being used. With the 2014 harvest just on the horizon, many swine and poultry producers are finding the last of the 2013 grains being used in feed is of substantially lower quality. Even when stored in the best conditions, grains never improve quality during the storage period. Grain quality is either maintained or lost, taking with it the farm’s net returns. Corn, a key ingredient in swine and poultry diets, can represent close to 60 percent of the total feed.

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Jun 09

Troubleshooting Dairy Herds for Mycotoxicoses

Troubleshooting Dairy Herds for Mycotoxicoses

When troubleshooting herds that may have been exposed to the influence of mycotoxins, the most important thing for the investigator (veterinarian, nutritionist, dairyman, consultant, allied industry individual) to keep in mind is to not jump to conclusions and assume mycotoxins are the entire problem on the dairy. They may, however, be part of the problem, and we need to begin the investigative process.

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