Serving The Best Growers Of Today And Tomorrow Friday, November 21, 2014  


Framemaker 14%
Framemaker 14% Creep Feed has some exciting changes for 2014. 

It is now offered with Diamond V Original XPC®.  Diamond V Original XPC is an all-natural fermentation-based feed additive proven effective in all classes of ruminant diets.   Original XPC supports strong digestive health by balancing and optimizing rumen performance.  As a result, digestibility is improved, which means greater average daily gain and improved feed efficiency.  These performance responses have even been reported by university nutritionists, such as Dr. John Wagner of Colorado State University, who recently observed significant improvements in both daily gain and feed efficiency when analyzing data across 28 trials and 7660 head of cattle.  In addition, field trials have also shown that calves fed creep feed containing Diamond V Original product weaned an average of 13.3 pounds heavier when compared to calves from the same producer with similar cows, pastures and creep feeding programs.  Given today's calf prices, how much is a 13 pound heavier calf worth to you?  Benefits of Diamond V Original XPC in creep fed calves include:
  • Heavier weaning weights
  • Greater digestibility of both creep feed and natural forage
  • Improved rumen development
  • Smoother, healthier weaning
With the utilization of Original XPC, we will no longer offer Bovatec® for improved feed efficiency and increased rate of weight gain.  We feel that Original XPC offers the same benefits, and allows us to more efficiently use our feed mills, by requiring less flushing and sequencing of products made in them.  


The Farmers Cooperative Company and The Cooperative Finance Association (CFA) are making available special financing programs available to you for the 2013 crop year.  These special rates are only available for products and services provided by Farmers Cooperative Company.  To learn more of the benefits CFA has to offer, click on the link, CFA Website, or click on CFA Flyer for more details on our agronomy program, and click on CFA Cattle Flyer for more details on our livestock program.

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Aureomycin® Controls Anaplasmosis

Anaplasmosis is an infectious disease of cattle that causes destruction of red blood cells. It is transmitted by ticks, flies, mosquitoes, and animal processing equipment such as needles. The disease is caused by a minute parasite, Anaplasma marginale, found in the red blood cells of infected cattle.  Once the parasite infects the host animal, it invades the red blood cells, destroying them, and significantly reduces the amount of circulating red blood cells.   Symptoms are anemia (pale skin), a drop in milk production, extreme nervousness or aggressive behavior, rapid weight loss, fevers of 104° to 107° F, abortions, and death.

The Anaplasma marginale is susceptible to chlortetracycline.   Aureomycin® administered through feed, for a prolonged periods or until the infection is cleared, is a practical, convenient, effective, and an economical method for controlling Anaplasmosis in cattle. 

To control Anaplasmosis, a mineral which provides 0.5 mg/lb. of bodyweight/day is needed. To achieve this, a mineral fed at 4 oz. to a 1500 lb. cow needs to contain 6000 g/t of CTC.  The Farmers Cooperative Company offers products to achieve these levels of treatment, through mineral supplements.                                                                        

Pulsing with CTC Mineral
With the ever growing popularity of CTC in mineral we run the risk of developing immunity.  Currently we are offering maintenance levels and treatment levels of CTC in our minerals. Maintenance levels are being fed year round at levels of 2800 g/ton or 3500 g/ton. This exposes the cow and any bacteria to CTC year round increasing the chance of developing immunity and decreasing the effectiveness of CTC, ultimately negatively affecting your bottom line.
A typical pulse strategy will have cattle on CTC for 30 to 60 day and then off of CTC a minimum of 30 days. Aligning the pulse strategy with key times of year will allow for adequate levels during high risk periods. 

Recommended Pulsing Strategy
January CTC
February 1st - March 15 Plain
March 15th - May 15th CTC/ HIMAG
May 15 - June 15th Plain
June 15th- August 15th CTC
August 15th - November 30th Plain
December CTC
With this strategy cows will be on CTC for a maximum of 183 days and off CTC for a minimum of 132 days depending on length of HI MAG CTC use. This strategy can offer a savings over feeding maintenance levels of CTC year round if CTC is feed for 183 days or less a year. Pulsing your cows with CTC at key times of year will be more effective and put more money in your pocket.

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Rain in Southern, Eastern Areas Sat.
Bryce Anderson (Bio) – DTN Meteorologist

The Southern Plains, southern Midwest and points east will get some rain Saturday. To the north and northwest, areas of the Plains and Prairies will see a mix of rain and snow Saturday night. » More DTN Weather Commentary

Posted at 5:47AM Fri Nov 21, 2014 CST

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