"Feed Greatness" this Holiday Season with CVA
Dec 10, 2018

The holidays are here, and Purina is helping several of our CVA locations spread some cheer!  Now through December, a "Feed Greatness" promotion is running at St. Edward, West Point, and Elgin, Nebraska locations, as well as Akron, IA.  

Preparing your Senior Horse for Winter
Nov 12, 2018

The crisp fall air has started to hint at the sting of winter's bitterness quickly approaching, which means it is time to re-evaluate your horse's nutrition program, especially if you have older horses or hard keepers.  Winter is notorious for wreaking havoc on the body condition of older animals. As the temperature drops, a horse's energy requirement will increase to maintain a proper core body warmth. Thus, more energy equals more calories.   Proper planning can help older horses slide through winter in good shape.

Heat Stress in Cattle
Jul 17, 2018

With temperatures recently reaching high degrees, producers have started the fight of keeping their cattle their cool and maintaining intakes. Conquering the heat is challenging, but when coupled with high humidity, cattle become even more stressed. For example, when the temperature is 86°, and the humidity is 50%, cattle are only mildly stressed, but when the temperature is 95° with 90% humidity, cattle quickly become severely stressed. Periods of heat stress result in reduced body weight, feed intake, and feed conversion. Depending on the length and frequency of heat stress periods, cattle’s dry-matter intake can be reduced by up to 125 pounds during their time in the feed yard, which equals 40 pounds of gain lost per head. In high-risk areas, an average of 4-5 deaths occur for every 1000 head. It is estimated that heat stress-related mortalities and performance reductions add up to $370 million each year.

Hoop Barns for Cattle
Jun 25, 2018

Finishing out cattle in an enclosed structure is growing more popular each year. Slatted, bed pack and hoop barns are the most common types seen around the state. When it comes to building a hoop barn, the advantages and disadvantages of confinement housing should be considered in relation to traditional outdoor facilities. Animal density, manure handling, feeding, animal handling, ventilation, and cost are a few of the factors to consider. Hoop barns avoid some pollution control issues while providing a suitable environment for the cattle. The roofed structure reduces runoff and allows for better control of manure.

Livestock Production: How do I get started?
Jun 18, 2018

If you are like most people in agriculture, you have heard that diversity is the key to survival of the family farm. As we face market struggles, seasonal highs and lows and trying to draw our youth back to the family farm, we are all looking for ways to get the best bang for our buck. If you are looking for ways to best utilize your resources, we can help!

Strategy with Gastric Care
Jun 04, 2018

Coming in June, Purina will be launching a new line of Strategy formulated with the gastric support supplement. Strategy GX and Strategy Healthy Edge will now be offered with a full serving of the Outlast Gastric Support supplement. The Outlast supplement is designed to support gastric health and maintain proper pH in the horse’s stomach.

Not All Pigs Are Created Equal: Working with Small Piglets
May 21, 2018

One of the biggest challenges in today’s swine system is the problem of trying to make full value pigs out of the weaned pigs that arrive significantly smaller than the rest of the group.

Gastric Care in a Performance Horse
May 15, 2018

Does your horse show signs of weight loss or decreased body condition due to being a picky eater or having a poor appetite, or does your horse exhibit behavioral changes such as aggression, nervous behaviors, or “girthiness”? If so, your horse may be experiencing abdominal discomfort caused by gastric ulcers, a common medical condition in horses and foals. It is estimated that 50% of foals and 1/3 of adult horses confined in stalls may have mild ulcers. Additionally, approximately 60% of show horses and 90% of racehorses may develop moderate to severe ulcers.

Preparing Bulls for the breeding season
May 07, 2018

Proper care of breeding bulls can improve the fertility and percent calf crop of your herd. One way to help bulls remain sound and active for the duration of the breeding season is to condition them. A bull that is too thin at the start of the breeding season may not perform as expected, while an over-conditioned bull may face structural and soundness issues that will hinder his ability to be active.

Tackling horn flies with Altosid
Apr 30, 2018

When the temperature starts to warm up, horn flies quickly become a pesky issue. The horn fly’s fast repopulation rate quickly turns a few adult flies into a few thousand flies per animal. One way to help control fly populations is to offer your cattle a feed-through fly control, which can be found in select cattle minerals. Cattle need both fly control and mineral, so using a two-in-one package doesn’t require extra cattle handling or labor beyond normal mineral feeder maintenance.

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