Perspectives Summer 2016 Issue Now Available!

Perspectives Summer 2016 Issue Now Available!

We’re pleased to announce the release of the Summer 2016 issue of Perspectives Magazine, brought to you by Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition.

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Heat Stress Impacts Dry Cows

Heat Stress Impacts Dry Cows

The impact of summer heat stress on lactating cows is well known. However, less is known about the impact on dry cows. Figure 1 shows monthly average milk production in Florida during the years 2007 to 2010 (bar graphs) and the typical average ambient temperature in Okeechobee, Florida (dashed line). As expected, milk production begins dropping in the spring as ambient temperature rises. However, ambient temperature peaks by July–August but milk production does not begin to rebound until October–November. This delay in production recovery after heat stress is at least partially due to the poor performance of fresh cows in September and October that were dry during the high temperature period of July– August.
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Calf Feeders: Benefits of Gang Feeding

Calf Feeders: Benefits of Gang Feeding

Calf rearing on a dairy farm is one of the most important daily tasks on the farm. Customarily, calves tend to be reared individually in pens and hutches or small calf houses. This system has been historically successful for a couple of different reasons. The first is that it provides time for individual observations for each calf, as well as minimizing the risk of cross contamination between calves, especially in cases when you have an ill calf. It is, however, one of the most labor intensive tasks on the farm.

There are two more recent trends in calf rearing that are now gaining steam. Depending on your personal preference, either may appeal to you. Both have shown positive results in the health and growth of calves, which should pay dividends down the road when these cows come into production. We took a look at both methods and break them down for you here.
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Heat Stress in Cows

Heat Stress in Cows

After the brutally cold, long winter we’ve all just experienced, I don’t think anyone is worried about a little warm weather this summer. Actually, with the rainy and chilly spring, I’m sure most folks are still thinking more about mud and flood season right now. However, this is the time to start thinking about heat stress in your herd and heat abatement techniques that will keep your cows healthy and productive through the hot months ahead. In just a few short months, the full force of summer’s heat and humidity will be upon us, and you’re going to want to be ready.
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Protecting Health with Methionine

Protecting Health with Methionine

Lisa R Tager, Ph.D.

Dairy Nutrition Technical Specialist

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Amino acid balance in the lactating dairy cow ration is essential for optimal nutrient metabolism, strong immunity, and milk synthesis. When the ratios of amino acids in the diet most accurately reflect the cow’s needs, she becomes most efficient at metabolizing all dietary energy sources, therefore increasing efficiency at producing milk and components. This allows for remaining energy to be shuttled to greater production, immunity, and other metabolic processes.
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When Should You Rotate an Alfalfa or Alfalfa Grass Mix?

When Should You Rotate an Alfalfa or Alfalfa Grass Mix?

Sally Flis PhD

Sally Flis PhD

Feed and Crop Support Specialist at Dairy One, Ithaca NY
Dairy One is a not-for-profit cooperative with a core DHIA membership of approximately 4500 dairy farmer members throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region.
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Hopefully the snow is gone from your fields, but even with the best-laid plans last fall, alfalfa and alfalfa grass mix fields should be evaluated as they green up. Winter conditions can have large impacts on the amount of alfalfa present in the field for the following year. Loss of alfalfa in a stand will result in weeds filling in the space and a loss in yield and quality of the forage harvested.
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Perspectives Podcast Ep 5 – Lt. Governor Phil Scott

Perspectives Podcast Ep 5 – Lt. Governor Phil Scott

Listen in on our casual conversation with Phil Scott, a small business owner, family man, racecar driver, and public servant. A born and raised Vermonter, he understands the opportunities and challenges faced by small businesses in the state and offers his take on these issues.

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The Importance of Starch Digestion

The Importance of Starch Digestion

David Burnham

David Burnham

Dairy Nutrition Specialist at Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition
Having served the local dairy farming community since 2002, David has gained a reputation of invaluable commitment and commonsense problem solving, with his dense knowledge of dairy nutrition and farming practices.
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I will start by quoting a dairy farmer whom I met early in my career, “it’s all about energy!” He was referring to his experience when working to get the best results from his herd. I have come to understand that he is right on so many levels. Recently I attended the 2015 Herd Health and Nutrition Conference, put on by New York’s Pro-Dairy and Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance. This was the first time I was able to hear Dr. Mike Allen discuss the digestion of starch and how it relates to our dairy cattle. I am very familiar with Dr. Allen’s work and have quoted and implemented his findings often.
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What’s Cooking At Phoenix Feeds?

What’s Cooking At Phoenix Feeds?

Everyone needs something tasty and extraordinary once in a while. Why else do you find yourself at Dunkin’ Donuts three days a week? It’s because you’re looking for something out-of-the box: Something sweet, savory, and rewarding for your hard work.
What if you could do the same thing for your cows? Thanks to Phoenix Feeds’ Bakery Blend, now you can!

Each week, bakeries provide Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition with all of their bread-based pastries that were, sadly, left uneaten. Rather than let those delicious treats go to waste and into a landfill, Phoenix takes them on and combines them with additional nutrients to feed to clients’ herds. Not only does this keep costs low for our farmers, it assists other businesses in the area by helping to dispose of what would ordinarily go to waste. Feeding the Bakery Blend to your cows allows them to become much more efficient recyclers!

If you are interested in learning more about the Bakery Blend, or would like to have this great product delivered to your door, contact us at (802) 453-6684.