Greetings From the Feed Department - December 2015
Monday, December 28, 2015
Laura Horejsi

As many of you are aware, we have moved all bagged feed to the elevator and the warehouse across the street from the elevator. We hope this will be more ‘customer friendly’ having the feed in one location. Please let us know what you need and we will get it loaded for you! The pet and horse feed, along with softener salt, will remain at the store.

On the dairy side of things, we are making quite a few changes. We’re going to make the protein mixes from scratch using a vitamin and trace mineral pack along with bulk ingredients such as monocal, limestone, soymeal, amino plus, distillers, blood meal, and roasted beans. This looks like it will save the producer anywhere from 5 to 9 cents per cow per day. As in the past, we’ll be testing feedstuffs to balance out the rations. Something else we’ve started is ordering milk replacer in larger quantities direct from the manufacturer with a savings of anywhere from $2 to $4 per bag.

Again this year, we’re asking for your cooperation and patience during the holiday season. We will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The mill will be making feed all day Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Please try and get the orders in early so we can coordinate loads. Also a reminder that we have 3 ton mixers and 3 ton compartments on our trucks so ordering in 3 ton increments will help us be more efficient. We have had some of the cattle feeds with fines in them so to alleviate that problem we would appreciate more advance notice on orders. Then we can do more orders at a time so our system is flushed out and less contamination. By doing this, we will have a better product for our customers! We’ve been trying to make more of the cattle and dairy feed midweek on the days there is less pig feed.

As always, this time of the year makes me think about all the things to be thankful for like family and friends and all our loyal customers. I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season and are able to spend time with the ones we love.

Tom Staniszewski, Feed Department Manager

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