Feed Production at EET

Feed Department Contacts
   Darian Horejsi
   Operations Manager
   970-988-2876 (cell)

   Kim Ose
   Farm Production Specialist
   507-829-7958 (cell)

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From the Feed Mill - June 2019

Greetings to all as we embark upon a new summer season! By the time this reaches you, I hope we are all enjoying warmer, drier weather, but MN continues to throw curve balls at us so we can never be too sure!

Whether snow, rain, sleet, or sunshine, the animals still need to eat, and our feed mill remains busy throughout every season. I thank all our employees who work hard to get the feed made and delivered, and our patrons who are so good to work with us throughout the various conditions we face.

I want to bring your attention to highlighting a couple of products we have available for cattle that you may or may not be familiar with. The first is Tend-R-Leen by Form-A-Feed. Tend-R-Leen has been around since 1963, but has recently come under Form-A-Feeds umbrella of products. Intended for beef cattle, it is a high-energy, low-roughage, simple method of feeding as you only need to offer the Tend-R-Leen pellet along with whole corn, mineral, salt and ample water supply. It is beneficial in that it eliminates the need for forage storage and processing, improves feed efficiency, produces less manure, and requires less equipment and labor. Please be in touch if this is a product you are interested in learning more about. We have more detailed information for you, as well as resources to help in converting steers from a roughage program vs. starting cattle from birth.

The second product I would like to highlight is Synergy Mineral from Big Gain, available for both beef cattle and dairy cattle. Mineral supplementation is vitally important for reproduction, milk production and overall herd health. According to Big Gain, “Our Synergy Mineral line is formulated with a lower level of phosphorous and is designed to be fed along with high quality pasture, roughage or byproducts. This product fits very well in any situation where added phosphorous is not necessary and allows producers to take advantage of those cost savings.” We have multiple Synergy Mineral products available, including Synergy Breeder Mineral (#5821), Synergy R1200 (with Rumensin, #5823), Synergy R2000 (with Rumensin, #5836, and Synergy IGR (with insect control, #5822). We’d be happy to help you include these products in your feeding protocol, or put you in touch with our Big Gain representative to find the product that best suits your needs.

I wish you success as we embark upon this new season. After a long, wet winter and spring, we have faced many challenges, but we can only overcome adversity if we don’t give up and keep working together. Sunny skies are surely ahead! 

Darian Horejsi
Feed Mill Manager

Feed Department Team: Jared Bakken, Nathan Bahn, Mark Jeseritz, Cory Lindstrom, Chris McGeary, Kim Ose, Mark Schettler, Lonnie Roepke


From the Feed Mill - April 2019

Trudging through the snow, shoveling, fighting with equipment that doesn’t appreciate the cold weather… By the time you read this newsletter, I hope this will all be a distant memory. Despite the cold and difficult conditions this past winter, we were able to receive deliveries and get the feed out to our producers in a timely manner. For that, we have the hardworking employees and farmers to thank. Our employees were diligent to work and travel in the harsh weather, and farmers did a great job of keeping their yards blown out so we could maneuver our trucks in and out. Thank you to all. It certainly wasn’t easy, but together we got the job done!

This winter we have spent some time focusing on the different factors that go into raising healthy calves. Jacob Weg, calf specialist with Big Gain, has been visiting farms along with our farm production specialist, Kim Ose, to assist and educate calf producers on how to assess their operation and animals, and how to make improvements when necessary. Among other things, Jacob is able to test bottles and feeding areas for presence of harmful bacteria and recommend workable solutions for minimizing these pathogens. He also surveys barns for proper ventilation, moisture levels, bedding conditions, etc. and makes recommendations on this front. These kinds of assessments are a valuable tool for understanding herd health. If you would like Jacob to come visit your farm, please be in touch.

Be sure to be providing your calves with fresh drinking water, clean and dry bedding, good ventilation and quality feed. We offer a good selection of milk replacers, starters and growers to start them off right. Also watch them closely for loose stools, discharge from eyes or nostrils, poor coat condition or droopy ears as these are all signs of potential illness. The goal is not just for your calves to survive, but to thrive!

Stop in and check out several spring promotions we have coming up, including NutriSource dog food, calf jackets for new customers, and mineral specials. Thank you for your continued patronage. I wish you safety and success for the spring season!

Darian Horejsi
Feed Mill Manager

Feed Department Team: Jared Bakken, Mark Jeseritz, Cory Lindstrom, Chris McGeary, Kim Ose, Mark Schettler, Lonnie Roepke


From the Feed Mill - April 2018

Greetings from the Feed Department!

Although the chilly weather seems to have hung on longer into springtime than we would’ve liked this year, I am thankful that warmer days are surely ahead. It is always fun to see the little calves and lambs bouncing along next to their mothers in the pastures this time of year. Many of you likely have kids already beginning to prepare young animals for the 4H show ring come county fair time. Be sure to let us know if we can help you out with giving them a great start.  We offer a wide variety of feeds and can also special order show feeds upon request. Call or stop in to discuss your needs, and bring the kids along… We’re always happy to help the next generation succeed in the world of agriculture.

In a small community, we often assume everyone knows what everyone else is doing (and sometimes it feels like this is true!) However, I wanted to share a brief rundown of all the services we offer here at the EET feed mill, both for those of you who have been our patrons for many years, and for those who are new to working with us. We provide feed for most all of the livestock common to our area: beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, goats, sheep, horses, rabbits and poultry. Delivery options include bulk and bagged feed, as well as direct drop. We offer starter, grower and finisher feeds, creep feed, show feed, milk replacer, liquid feed, lick tubs, mineral and salt blocks, pet food and bird feed. We work with a variety of distributors to be able to offer a range of products and competitive pricing. All of this seems to keep us pretty busy around here! However, we wouldn’t have it any other way. We’re thankful and proud to have our home town cooperative serve our local community.

Keep in mind that May is beef month and June is dairy month. We want to thank the beef and dairy producers for getting up early and staying up late to help birth those babies and milk those cows, among the many other duties they perform to care for their herds. Personally, I don’t think there are many things better than a good steak or a cold chocolate milk!

Thank you for partnering with EET to sustain and grow your business. I wish you a successful spring season!

Kind regards,
Darian Horejsi
Feed Mill Operations Manager

Feed Department Team: Jared Bakken, Mark Jeseritz, Tanner Kosen, Caden Laleman, Cory Lindstrom, Lonnie Roepke