The Advantage

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Heifer Rearing

By Grace Thomas, M.Agr.Sc. P.A.S. Heifers are the future herd; despite this, they are often the group of animals that are overlooked by producers until it is time for breeding. Any mismanagement before breeding can result in delayed breeding and lower the heifer’s future yield. The cost of heifer rearing is the second largest cost […]

Agri-King’s Product and Facility Certifications

By Tony Grzemski, Preventive Controls Qualified Individual Agri-King’s Accreditation Programs Agri-King, Inc. is a global supplier of specialty feed additives, silage additives, and pit lagoon additives, whose employees consist of individuals with diverse talents.  This is why understanding Agri-King’s accreditation programs is essential. The team is dedicated to selling and servicing the farming community by […]

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Maximiser-Understanding Fecal Starch

Are you missing out on energy? By Dr. Aimee Hafla, Ph.D., P.A.S. In the United States, the grain component of feedlot rations accounts for 50 to 90% of the diet dry matter and is typically comprised of starchy cereal grains like corn, barley, or wheat. (Samuelson et al., 2016). Starch is a nutrient that packs […]

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Are You Short on Forages?

Avoiding Forage Disasters By Dr. James Coomer, Ph.D., P.A.S Most of the United States dealt with some type of forage disaster in 2019 and some in the eastern US and the western US have dealt with drought this year.  The drought this year has negatively affected alfalfa yields and may have negatively affected corn silage […]

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Making Balage: Can Good Silage Come in Small Packages?

By Dr. Gene P. Gengelbach, Ph.D., P.A.S. Making balage is becoming an increasingly popular form for making and storing high-quality forage. Once thought of as a “rescue” for hay that wouldn’t dry, now it is becoming an integral part of many forage operations. In fact, Kendall Guither, a six-time balage division champion at the World […]

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Fatty Acids& Supplementing

Fatty Acids By Dr. Dave Jones, Ph.D., P.A.S. Fatty acids are components of lipid molecules most commonly stored in the form of a triglyceride (1 glycerol, 3 fatty acids). The nutritionally important component of fats are the fatty acids and they serve many different functions: – Source of energy – Affect breeding proficiency – Modulators […]

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Low Colostrum Risk Factors

By Dr. Dan Schauff, Ph.D., P.A.S. Supplying newborn calves with adequate quantity and quality of colostrum can greatly impact future health, growth and milk production of heifer calves. However, colostrum production and quality can vary considerably between cows and seasons of the year. Occasionally, our Nutrition Department will get queries concerning why cows have significantly […]

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The Importance of Fat Soluble Vitamins in Ruminant Diets

By Dr. Louisa Koch, Ph.D., P.A.S. Vitamins are organic compounds that are required in small quantities and are essential for the maintenance of life. Rising feed costs and lower profit margins may motivate some producers to limit vitamin and trace mineral inclusion. However, supplementation of adequate vitamin levels in the diet is pivotal to the […]

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Back to Cow Basics

Taking a Fresh Look at a Farm By Grace Thomas, M.Agr.Sc. PAS When everything is going well, it is easy to become complacent. Cow basics may appear efficient, for instance. However, it is best not to wait for something to go wrong before looking at farm management practices, as an error could be very costly. […]

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A Look at Feed Additives for Beef Cattle

By Dr. Aimee Hafla, Ph.D., PAS Increasing consumer pressure to reduce or eliminate the use of antibiotics continues to motivate livestock producers to evaluate novel feed additives that offer health and production benefits, but do not require veterinary oversight. However, sorting through the growing selection of products and ingredients can leave even a well-versed nutritionist […]

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