From the Feed Mill - September 2016
Friday, September 30, 2016
Laura Horejsi

Dear patrons and friends...

As summer winds down and we prepare to bring in the harvest, I am mindful of God’s blessings on this farming season. “So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” (1 Corinthians 3:7)  I want to start off by saying ‘thank you’ to all of you – patrons and coworkers alike – who have been patient with me in transitioning to my new position as Feed Mill Operations Manager. The past few months have been a busy time of getting familiar with people, products and procedures. I especially want to thank Kristy Meier for all her help getting me up to speed on the many details of the feed mill.

The feed mill has two new team members to welcome to EET... Maverick Fiene and Grant Moorse. Maverick was hired back in June as our Feed Salesman. He grew up in the rural Wood Lake area and attended Lakeview high school. He then went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at SDSU, and is currently finishing up his Masters degree. If you haven’t already, you’ll be seeing Maverick out to visit your operation. Please be sure to let him know how we can better serve your needs. Grant Moorse lives in Minneota with his wife, Denaca. Grant graduated from Minneota high school, then earned his degree in Agribusiness and Farm Management from Ridgewater college in Willmar. Some of Grant’s responsibilities include taking and placing feed orders, assisting in inventory management, and customer service. I am excited to have both of these guys on board.

My job entails not only keeping our feed mill running from day to day, but also looking at existing protocols so that we might better serve our patrons, not just through good customer service, but also through managing our business well. There are several areas we are currently focusing on...

1) Compliance with the ‘Food Safety Modernization Act’ (FSMA). As stated on the website, FSMA ‘aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.’ In a nutshell, what this means for us is that we must put together documentation of all of our standard operating procedures and ensure that they line up with the ‘good manufacturing practices’ as outlined for the feed industry. There is nothing you, as patrons, need to do in regard to this process, but I wanted to let you know it’s something we are working on.

2) Veterinary Feed Directives. As mentioned in our previous newsletter, the FDA issued new requirements for feed distributors, veterinarians and producers to follow when using certain antibiotic products, to prevent antibiotic resistance developing in the livestock arm of the food chain. As of January 1st, 2017, we will not be able to mix and/or sell any medicated feed without a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) issued by your veterinarian. You will need to be directly in contact with your veterinarian to acquire each VFD, and have your vet submit them to us via email, mail or fax. Once we receive the VFD from your vet, we will keep them on file and verify that they are current before adding medication to your feed or selling you any medicated products. Whether or not you are going to use non-medicated feed and add medication as needed, or purchase pre-medicated feed, you need to have a VFD.  Please note, even if you purchase a medication or medicated feed prior to January 1st, 2017, it will be illegal to feed it to your animals without a VFD from that point moving forward. Please let us know any questions you might have and we will do our best to help you answer them.

3) Inventory Management and Feed Orders. We pride ourselves on mixing feed to meet the individual needs of our patrons, and as such we have a good variety of products coming in and out of our facility on a daily basis, and many different rations to account for. We are working to improve our inventory management protocols, particularly focusing on accurate billing. If you find your bill to be in error, please let us know and we will remedy the situation. In regard to placing your orders, it is much appreciated if you can try to place feed orders earlier in the week, as we tend to get a pile up of orders on Fridays. We ask that you order in advance especially when a holiday weekend is approaching, to allow us to plan accordingly and ensure all of our patrons get their feed, while also making sure our valued employees get to enjoy their time off. We strive to be accommodating, but we also need to minimize having to come in on weekends or holidays if possible. The elevator is open from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you cannot make it by 5 p.m., please call ahead and we will try to make arrangements to help you get what you need. One last reminder, in regard to bagged feed, please remember to stop at the mill office to pick up a load sheet, and someone will help you load.

We appreciate and thank you for your business!

Darian Horejsi
Feed Mill Operations Manager

Feed Department Team: Nathan Bloch, Maverick Fiene, Mark Jeseritz, Caden Laleman, Cory Lindstrom, Kristy Meier, Grant Moorse, Lonnie Roepke and Terry VanOverbeke

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