By Tyler McCoy, Feed Department Manager
Due to the lack of moisture the last couple of summers our pastures have really been hit hard, which is less than ideal for cow calf pair producers. Luckily, we have had some good rain recently and the pastures are starting to come back around. High weaning weight is the name of the game now and there are many different options to achieve that goal. First, you can calve earlier or delay sales to sell older heavier calves. You can also change genetics to produce more large-framed calves, but with that you could see larger birth weights, and larger cows results in larger feed inputs. Below is a list of different options to help increase weaning weights and an average of the increase to be expected.
Implanting + 20 pounds
Worming program + 20 pounds
Feed-through fly control + 14 pounds
Creep feeding + 50 to 90 pounds
While we provide all these options to help increase weight gain, creep feeding provides more benefits than just weight gain. The cows will stay in better condition with the supplement of creep, pastures are more productive with calves feeding on creep, and it also teaches calves how to eat out of a bunk. Creep feed is very effective in low forage conditions as it meets calves’ requirements when milk and grass production are low. We provide creep feed out of all our feed locations, so please call to place an order.
Time to Catch the "Buzz" on Fly Control
By Shannon Voegele, Nutritional Consultant
Flies can cause many implications to the bottom line. They can affect weaning weights and milk production. They can also pass diseases such as pink eye and rhinotracheitis. These blood-sucking flies feed up to 20 to 30 times per day. This constant biting causes cattle pain and stress, and can reduce the cattle’s weight gains by as much as 20 pounds. The life cycle of a face fly is approximately 21 days. Populations tend to peak in late summer.
Did you know that CFC offers several different products for fly control? Our most popular are Garlic and ClariFly. Both of these products come in tubs or loose mineral. Along with these products there are several other pest management approaches you can use such as fly tags, back rubs, oilers, sprays and general housekeeping measures. It is best to rotate practices because flies can become resistant to certain products. Give us a shout if we can help you keep your profits from “flying” out the door this summer.
By Tyler McCoy, Feed Department Manager
Feed contamination with a disease-causing pathogen can be introduced at numerous points throughout the manufacturing process. This could be through the use of contaminated ingredients, during receiving at the feed manufacturing site, cross-contamination within the feed manufacturing facility, delivery vehicles (both incoming and outgoing), and by delivery personnel. At CFC, we have a very strict biosecurity policy that we follow that was developed in conjunction with our Food Safety Plan.
While the number of migrating birds has decreased in the last couple of weeks, we are still seeing new cases of the bird flu throughout our region. Our poultry division has drastically increased in the last couple of years with the addition of new products that we offer patrons, so I would like to make sure that everyone understands how serious we take biosecurity. First, all bagged ingredients that go through the mill are stored at our new warehouse north of the feed mill and those doors are closed at all times. Customers are not allowed in the new warehouse and no one is allowed in the mill. We do not provide tours of our facility and auditors must wear booties whenever they enter our facilities. The mill floor and our trucks and trailers are disinfected daily. We only accept high quality grain and do not accept ground piled corn. A pest control company comes in monthly to set bait traps and track pest activity at all CFC facilities. These are only a few preventative measures that are in place to help combat any diseases to assure our patrons are receiving the best products available from CFC.
Some poultry species are more susceptible to catching diseases and we have the resources available to aid in prevention. If you have any biosecurity questions, please give me a call and I would be more than happy to review or help build a biosecurity plan for your farm.
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