Change taking place between West Point and Scribner Feed Mills
Dec 03, 2018

Our feed team has been working tirelessly to make the bulk feed mill change from West Point, NE to Scribner, NE as easy as possible for our beef feed customers. Starting today- Monday, December 3, 2018, producers who need bulk feed should call the Scribner Central Valley Ag Mill at 402.664.2256 or myself at 402.870.1602 for feed orders. All mixes will be in the computer system at Scribner, along with the same products your cattle have been currently receiving. So rest assure your cattle will continue to get the same quality feed they are used to.

What body condition score are your cows going into winter?
Nov 26, 2018

With the cooler temps slowing down outside activity and the holiday season upon us, I can honestly say my body condition score has probably increased in the past month. Thus, if our human scores are rising, our livestock scores probably are as well.  Specifically, I want to talk about your cows' body condition scores as we head into winter.

CVA teams up with Skyline Ranches for the 2018 Jingle Bell Ride
Nov 19, 2018

  The Holiday season is here and the CVA feed team is excited to team up with Skyline Ranches on their 3rd annual Jingle Bell ride. This event will take place this Sunday, November 25, with gates opening at 9:00 am. Saddle up your horse and plan to leave the park at 10:00 am sharp from the duck pond and begin our journey around the ranch. Dress warm and plan to ride for 1 ½- 2 hours with a short break during the ride. This is a family event and there will be contests for the best dressed horse, rider and child. Each year a non-profit organization is chosen to benefit, plus non-perishable food and clothing will be accepted from riders. If someone would like to watch the event, they are also encouraged to bring a donation. The Omaha Open Door Mission is where donations will go this year.

Animal Observation in Swine Barns
Nov 05, 2018

For a pig to reach peak performance, the animal must be comfortable in its environment. Daily walk-throughs of swine facilities are essential to ensure pigs are content and to avoid possible challenges that may develop. Behavioral or physical cues to watch for include changes in sleeping habits, mental status (does the pig look alert or stressed?), body condition, hydration, and appetite.  If you are noticing changes in these areas, always start with a facility check.

Deworming Cattle this Fall
Oct 30, 2018

Once harvest is over and producers start to think about marketing calves or preg checking cows, a common question I get is "when should we deworm our cattle?" Pour-on dewormers are frequently used on cattle that are being sent through the chute for vaccinations, but did you realize you may be leaving some profit on the table by not using an oral dewormer? Pour-ons require that cattle do not get wet for a few hours after application and it must be evenly distributed on a cow's back for the full benefit.  Thus, administering pour-ons are often more difficult, and maybe be less beneficial, than using an oral dewormer.

How can frost affect grazing for a cow herd?
Oct 22, 2018

Now is the time of the year that your calves are weaned, but corn stalks may still be standing. So with temperatures dropping, what options do producers have while they wait to turn their cattle out on harvested fields?  One option is to turn your cows out on cover crops. Cover crops can be useful for a month or more until cows are able to be turned out on stalks. Variables such as snowfall and available hay for supplementation are usually what determines the amount of time cover crop forages will last.

Grazing Cows on Stalks
Oct 15, 2018

Harvest in Northeast Nebraska has been a challenge this year with all the rain, but we are fortunate enough to have enough grass left to hold our pairs or cows over for a few more weeks. But once harvest wraps up, grazing corn stalks is a great way to utilize our farm ground and sustain our bred cows through the winter. When going into this time, it's important to keep in mind a cows' mineral and protein requirements while grazing stalks. A good 12-phosphorus mineral is recommended throughout the cold winter months as well as a protein supplement once the snow falls or stalks have been heavily grazed.  Protein supplements come in many convenient forms: tubs, liquid, and cubes are a few we offer at Central Valley Ag.

Flock-tober is here
Oct 08, 2018

Fall is here which means your spring born chicks are just starting to lay eggs alongside your mature hens. During visits to farms, I've noticed that producers will often treat their chickens like members of the family. However, even though we want to treat our chickens like family pets, we must consider what is best for them when it comes to nutrition.

How much mineral should my cows be consuming?
Oct 01, 2018

I often get calls from producers concerned that their cattle are consuming too much mineral. Once we figure how many ounces per head per day, it helps ease their minds knowing cattle are at correct levels or lets them know that we may need to relocate their feeders to stop over-consumption. So today, I will be discussing different types of minerals and how much mineral your cows should be consuming.

CVA Feed Fall Promotions
Sep 24, 2018

 We have a fall promotion going on at all CVA feed locations now through November 1, 2018. For every pallet (8 tubs) or ton of loose mineral (40 bags) purchased, you will receive a $25 Cabelas or Visa gift card of your choice.  The best part of this promotion is products can be mixed and matched!

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