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Modulating Gut Microbiota

The Importance of Modulating the Gut Microbiota of Livestock to Improve Health By Dr. Pat Brown, Ph.D., P.A.S.; Dr. Dan Schauff, Ph.D., P.A.S.; Dr. Dave Jones, Ph.D., P.A.S.; Courtney Furst, Agri-King Area Manager The world has now been in the antibiotic era for over seventy years. These medications have revolutionized health care, with the number […]

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Why Did My Milk Fat Drop?…

By Dr. Dan Schauff, Ph.D., P.A.S. It’s Complicated. Despite advances in nutritional and feeding knowledge over the years, milk fat depression can still be a problem on dairy farms. Traditionally, when milk fat declines in a herd, we start with verifying that the “paper” ration equals what the cows consume. Then we make sure the […]


Colostrum – The Why, When, and How to Feed

By Grace Thomas, M.Agr.Sc. P.A.S. Feeding colostrum is the single most important management factor in successful calf rearing. The antibodies present in the colostrum are transferred across the small intestine of the calf, this passive transfer provides short term protection to the calf. This gives the calf time to build its immune system and antibodies. […]

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The Future of Antibiotic Use in the Livestock Industry

By Dr. Aimee Hafla, Ph.D., P.A.S. January 1, 2017, marks a turning point for the U.S. livestock industry regarding the acquisition and handling of antibiotics used in feed and water. Amendments to the existing Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) will require veterinarian oversight of many commonly used antibiotics that have previously been available over-the-counter and the […]

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Special Edition – Effects of Smut in Corn

By Dr. K.E. Lanka, Ph.D., P.A.S. Smut describes several diseases in grains such as corn, sorghum and small grains that are caused by fungi. In this article, only smut diseases in corn will be discussed. The most prevalent type of smut in corn is “common smut,” known as Ustilago maydis or the older name Ustilago […]

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Agri-King Net Energy Program

By David F. Jones, Ph.D., P.A.S. Agri-King believes that capturing the nutritional value of feeds is the key to profit.  Although we understand that forages are the foundation for all rations Agri-King will test all feedstuffs then build rations to maximize the use of home-grown ingredients.  Agri-King has just made a large step forward in […]

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By-Product & Alternative Feeds

By Dr. James C. Coomer, Ph.D., P.A.S. Milk prices have decreased significantly in 2015 and look to be trending similar or lower in 2016, which will cause most dairy producers to consider cost-cutting strategies.  Feed costs are always a prime candidate for reducing expenses since feed costs typically make up about 50% of total cash […]

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Urinary Calculi (Water Belly)

By Dr. K. E. Lanka, Ph.D., P.A.S. What is Water Belly? Water belly is a condition caused by stones that block the urethra in cattle and other animals.  These stones or “urinary calculi” may cause partial or complete blockage of the passageway by which urine is excreted from the urinary bladder.  Usually, water belly occurs […]

The Importance of Micro-Minerals: Iron

The Importance of Micro-Minerals: Iron

By Dr. Gene P. Gengelbach, Ph.D., P.A.S. Iron (Fe) is the most abundant element (by weight) on Earth, since it makes up most of the Earth’s core, and is the fourth most common element in the Earth’s crust. However, Fe is considered as a trace- or micro-element in nutrition, since it only makes up approximately […]

Dealing with the 2015 Corn Silage Crop

Dealing with the 2015 Corn Silage Crop

Although the Southeast has suffered through some horrendous flooding in the last few weeks, most of the rest of the country has experienced a warm, dry period this late summer/early fall.  Throughout the Midwest, the last 6 to 8 weeks have been characterized by an abundance of sunny and windy days which is conducive to […]

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