Livestock Equipment Parts, Accessories and Service

Cover Story: Sexing Technologies,Sexing Semen: It's a New Era

Sex sorted semen has been a part of the dairy industry’s A.I. arsenal for more than a decade and is now making inroads into the beef industry as producers realize its ability to help maximize profits, minimize the variables that cause financial loss and improve the sustainability of their herds. Traditional knocks against sexed semen were that it cost more per straw than conventional semen and produced lower conception rates. But innovations developed by Texas-based Sexing Technologies are closing the price gap between sexed and conventional semen while minimizing the gap in conception rates as well.

Silo-King: Protect and Enhance your Feedstuffs

There are many obstacles to overcome when putting up quality hay, silage or fermented grains. These include: crop maturity, packing density, humidity, oxygen and plant moisture content. Silo-King®, a forage and grain treatment additive helps protect feedstuffs from these obstacles, while enhancing digestibility and feed efficiency.
There are two main goals when making fermented feeds: 1) rapid fermentation for maximum preservation of nutrients which happens at the beginning of fermentation; 2) providing a stable product during storage and feed out occurring at the back end of fermentation. Several different technologies are required to accomplish these goals from start to finish.

Britespan Building Systems: Customer Profile,Let the Bidding Begin

For 31-year old Kyle Hotz, of rural Lone Tree, Iowa, and a 5th generation farmer/cattle producer, raising cattle has truly been his life. “When I was eight years old, my dad took me over to West Liberty and I got my first heifer to show in 4-H,” remembers Hotz. Today, Kyle and his wife Angela, along with his dad Keith, own Hotz Farms (www.hotzfarms.com), a purebred Angus operation featuring 100 commercial cows along with satellite herds that through a very intense embryo transfer breeding program produces 20-40 top heifers for the Hotz Farm Elite Online Sale held each year in early November.

Jaylor TMR Corner:Fall Cow-Calf Feeding Opportunities

Traditionally, most cow-calf producers consider feeding total mixed rations (TMR) only during calving and early lactation, as well as perhaps, ideally, during late gestation. However, there are a number of other opportunities during the fall for supplemental feeding with a vertical TMR mixer that can be used to extend the grazing season, as well as improve calf health and growth performance post-weaning.

TMR Corner:Evaluating TMR mixer performance: testing mix uniformity

As previously stated “the objective of feeding a total mixed ration (TMR) is to provide a consistently uniform mix, with the intended ingredient and nutrient composition, across the entire length of the feedbunk with every batch.” And while a number of factors such as ingredient variability and moisture content, consistency of mixing procedures, operator error, and weighing system variability contribute to batch-to-batch variation, it is the characteristics of the mixer itself that essentially control within batch variation, and uniformity across the feedbunk. In this article we will discuss TMR mixer characteristics that affect mix uniformity and a sieving technique that can be used to evaluate it and make adjustments to improve animal performance.

Beef Industry Sustainability

Sustainability is a word we hear a lot in the beef industry these days. Some of the nation’s largest buyers of beef are heavily focused on the topic right now and I don’t think it’s a topic that will go away any time soon. You’ve no doubt heard McDonald’s plan to source verified sustainable beef by 2016. Walmart is also developing plans to ensure the sustainability of its beef supply chain.

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Recycled Products

From colored landscape mulch to traction control-absorbents and animal bedding, we take unusable wood waste and transform it into eco-friendly consumer products. Made from 100% recycled material, our “green” products are a economical and environmentally conscious solution available throughout the Midwest. 

Inosol Co. LLC.

We designed a castration tool that drastically reduces the time and cost that goes into the processing procedure.

Vita Plus Corp.

Vita Plus is an employee-owned company headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin with facilities and a strong dealer network across the upper Midwest. We’ve been serving livestock producers since 1948. Our consultants offer the latest cutting-edge technology, nutrition and management information to help your operation succeed.

Gerber & Sons Inc.

Gerber & Sons is a regional feed manufacturer located in Baltic, Ohio that services the counties of Tuscarawas, Coshocton, Holmes, Carroll, Harrison, Guernsey, Muskingum, Knox, Ashland, Wayne and Stark.

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