The Benefits of Yeast Culture and Yeast Cell Wall Components in Beef Cattle

The Benefits of Yeast Culture and Yeast Cell Wall Components in Beef Cattle

Yeast culture and yeast cell wall components are effective products that have been fed to cattle for years and have been shown to exhibit a variety of beneficial properties affecting animal performance and health. The different modes of action of these products impact their contributions to health and performance benefits. First, let’s take a look at each individual component and then explore their use in beef cattle production.
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Purina® Ampli-Calf® Program Helps Keep Calves Growing and Supports Health

Purina® Ampli-Calf® Program Helps Keep Calves Growing and Supports Health

At Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition, we are constantly striving to bring you the best in quality, service, and new technology. That’s why when we were looking for a new and improved calf program to offer our customers, we turned to Purina Animal Nutrition and the field trials done with Cricket Jacquier at Laurel Brook Farm, an 1,100-cow farm in Canaan, Connecticut. Here’s how here reaches his goal of raising exceptional cows starting at birth:
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Perspectives Fall 2016 Issue Now Available!

Perspectives Fall 2016 Issue Now Available!

We’re happy to announce the release of the Fall 2016 issue of Perspectives magazine, brought to you by Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition!

This issue is packed with great articles; from in-depth technical pieces to our inspiring feature on Maple Meadow Farm, we continue to bring you the best of dairy farming in the Northeast. Read the digital edition here or sign up to get future updates delivered straight to your inbox.
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The Transition Period

The Transition Period

Philbro Animal Health Corporation
Philbro Animal Health Corporation

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The transition period, the weeks leading up to and following calving, are the most stressful in a dairy cow’s life. One of the major determinants of whether a cow transitions successfully is her ability to maintain adequate blood calcium status during this time. It is all too apparent when a cow exhibits clinical hypocalcemia (milk fever) and is actually down. The silent profit drain is the effect on those cows that experience subclinical hypocalcemia with blood calcium levels dropping below the industry-accepted threshold of 8.5 mg/dL. These cows are at higher risk for developing metabolic and infectious disease after calving. Fortunately, the physiology of fresh-cow calcium status is becoming better-understood all the time and it can be effectively managed.

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British Dairy Nutritionists and Farmers Visit Vermont

British Dairy Nutritionists and Farmers Visit Vermont

On Thursday, September 22nd, dairy nutritionists visited Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition for a tour and barbecue. Teaming up with the ZinPro Corporation, Phoenix Feeds brought valuable insight to their British nutritionists.
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The Value of Shredlage®

The Value of Shredlage®

Provimi Dairy Team
Provimi Dairy Team

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Recent improvements in silage management strategies and available corn hybrid genetics have prompted dairy producers to grow more acres of corn and include higher levels of corn silage in dairy rations. There has also been a growing awareness in the importance of kernel processing when producing a high quality corn silage. The goals of processing corn silage are to create optimal particle size for rumen function, favorable grain particle form for effective use, and to improve fiber digestibility. One processing technique, shredlage, is gaining interest from dairy producers looking to increase the amount of corn silage in their dairy rations. This article describes the shredlage technology, examines current research using shredlage in dairy rations, and outlines the potential value of implementing the processing technique.
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Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition Awarded Distinction for Industry Magazine

Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition Awarded Distinction for Industry Magazine

Williston, VT – Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition Inc. (PFN) took home an Award of Distinction for the Fall issue of Perspectives: Dairy Farming in the Northeast magazine from this year’s Communicator Awards. This is the second award in two years that team PFN has received for marketing productions.

Perspectives: Dairy Farming in the Northeast is a trade magazine produced for PFN and is in its 9th issue. Perspectives publishes stories that cover agricultural topics and highlight the farmers that drive the industry. The fall issue featured articles such as “Women of Cabot” by Jenni Flood of Flood Brothers Farm and “Leadership in Food Safety” by Louise H. Calderwood of the Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance, touching upon a diverse range of topics that loyal readers have come to expect from the magazine.

From the Communicator Awards website – The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program recognizing big ideas in marketing and communications. Founded two decades ago, The Communicator Awards receives over 6,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world. The Award of Distinction is presented for projects that exceed industry standards in quality and achievement.

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.

Read the digital edition here or sign up to get future updates delivered straight to your inbox.

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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