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   970-988-2876 (cell)

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   507-829-7958 (cell)

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Feed Dept. Update - April 2014

PED Virus Updates

So far, there isn’t any proof that PED is an airborne disease, as originally thought. It is spread thru contamination of fecal matter. There was a lot of talk coming out of Canada that it was being spread by starter feeds containing blood plasma. The Canadian food inspection agency has been re-testing the sources of blood plasma and has not been able to confirm a link between this and PEDV. These ingredients may contain genetic fragments of the PED virus that shows up on a PCR test. This result only indicates the presence of viral genetic material, not the live virus. We are working with our feed companies trying to decide if we should eliminate the plasma, which could result in possibly losing some gain and feed efficiency in the nursery pigs. The blood plasma has proven to help with feed intakes and average daily gain in the first two weeks of nursery feeding. One thing that is important is not to forget about the other causes of diarrhea in finishing pigs such as Ileitis and swine dysentery, both of which are treatable and preventable.

We have two confirmed sites that have PEDV so we are taking measures not to spread it. The doorways of our facilities have disinfectant mats. The two sites that are infected are delivered to the last loads of the day and the trucks are brought back and power-washed and disinfected and let set overnight. All grain received into our elevator that originates from hog farms is segregated for two weeks before being used in case of contamination. If your sites break please notify us so we can use the proper precautions. On the bright side, the markets are responding to it favorably, setting new highs.

Spring Bookings

We are currently doing bookings on the inoculants, hydrolac, and stock cow minerals. There is a significant savings by booking these early. With the mineral promotion, the producer gets a free bag of mineral with every ten purchased. Now is the time to get started on mineral with Rabon, IGR, or Clarifly for fly control this summer before the flies start. We offer these products in mixed feeds, minerals, lick tubs, and even in the milk replacers.

New Products

It seems we are constantly adding new products; one that I’m excited about is a milk replacer from Big Gain called 'Sure Wean'. It’s an accelerated milk replacer that is priced like most traditional replacers. The product we carry has deccox in it to help control coccidiosis. Using this replacer along with the Sure Wean starter, the calf should double in weight in 8 weeks. As I mentioned in the last newsletter, the feeding rate on Paylean has changed. The new product is 2.25 grams per pound, so the feeding rate is 2 to 4 pounds per ton of complete feed.

Equipment Updates

We have purchased a different semi tractor that Lonnie will be driving. We have a lot of equipment that needs updating that we have budgeted for over the next five years. One of the updates we will be doing this summer is replacing one of the feed distributors on the feed mill. This project will take 4 to 5 days to complete, so we will be asking for help on feed ordering when this happens. We are hoping to get everybody filled on feed before this happens, and then if feed is needed we will have another area mill help us fill your feed needs. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Tom Staniszewski
Feed Department Manager