How to Get Show Pigs Started on Feed

Getting a new set of show pigs into your barn and on feed is a lot like running a daycare. Those young pigs are coming from various homes or points of origin with various germs and sniffles. They are also 100-percent dependent on their human caretakers to make sure they have everything they need to […]

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What Happens When the Gut is Challenged

It is no secret that producers are more concerned about gut health more than ever before. Operations have implemented better management practices and have even stepped up nutritional protocols to offset the negative impacts of stress. But why are we so concerned about maintaining gut health? The gut is where all nutrients are absorbed. Without […]

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Sheep Nutrition 101

Q&A with Nick Warntjes, Associated Feed and Supply What makes up a ‘balanced’ feed ration? A balanced feed ration supplies the proper amounts and proportions of nutrients needed for a specific purpose or stage of an animal’s life. While a show lamb diet might have different specs than a lactating ewe ration, all diets should […]

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Show Pig Nutrition 101

Ben Bobell, Bobell Farms, Lincoln, Ill. What are the most important nutrients in a show pig ration? Protein and Lysine are the building blocks for muscle development and skeletal growth. Fat is necessary for calories and overall growth and fleshing, and vitamins and minerals are needed for basic development of the pig. </p> How does […]

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How Nutrition Plays a Role in Raising 4-Legged Kids

With a 4-H project “gone mad” Kedrick Miller has devoted the last two decades to building his meat goat operation. Located in Thorntown, Ind., Miller along with his wife, Melissa and four kids focus their attention on raising high-quality Boer goats for youth livestock exhibitors. What started at as a 4-H project about 20 years […]

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Cattle Nutrition 101

When should I feed my animal? Consistency is key when feeding both steers and heifers. Typically, you feed morning and night and want close to 12 hours between those feedings. Hot weather during the summer can decrease appetite, so it is beneficial to feed early in the morning and later in the evening. Make sure […]

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