Why Build a Hog Barn?

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Over the past few years, many communities have seen large swine finishing barns constructed by their neighbors.  Some of these barns were for the neighbor to raise their own pigs in, and some for growing the pigs for another swine producer on a contract basis.  The reasons that farmers build a barn vary by individual, […]

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Protein tubs to Consider

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It’s getting to that time of year when cattlemen need to body condition score their cows and decide if they are in the condition they want, or if their cows need a little more condition. We are about 60 to 90 days from calving and there is time still to get cows in shape and […]

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Caring for Horses during Winter Months

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With the winter months quickly approaching how should owners prepare their horses to handle the cold and meet their nutritional requirements? A good place to start is doing a body condition score. Horses at a 5 or 6 BCS have the extra cover over their ribs and are in ideal condition going into winter. If […]

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Preparing for Winter Feed Needs

Black Angus Beef Cattle in the winter on a Minnesota Farm

With the unseasonably warm weather we are having lately it’s hard to believe that we are talking about looking ahead to winter feed needs. As we all know, weather can change very quickly around here! For winter feed needs we need to look at couple things.  Keep on top of your bulk feed inventory whether […]

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Veterinary Feed Directive: 1 Year Later

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It is hard to believe we are almost throughout the first year of the FDA’s Veterinary Feed Directive. I can say this, it wasn’t as bad as we thought!  As with all new things, there are challenges. The biggest challenge was education on all sides; Veterinarians who were not accustomed to prescribing these products, Feed […]

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Options for feeding calves after creep

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Our calves are done with creep feed so now what… Now that we are done with creep feed for the year what are some options for feeding our calves? Depending on what a producer has in mind there are self-feeder options as well as hand or bunk fed. Let’s start with self-feeders, calves that have […]

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Grazing cows on stalks.

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Many of us are relieved to have enough corn out of the field to finally get our cows on stalks. Before doing so there are some important factors to consider… Amount of ears dropped on ground this year How can you adapt cattle to corn Should an Ionophore be used like Rumensin Do you need […]

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Veterinary Feed Directive

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As we close out the month of September, the Central Valley Ag Feed Division have been on the road teaching producers about the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) that takes effect January 1, 2017. We know that the next three months will fly by in a flurry of harvest and holiday festivities, so I wanted to […]

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