Feed Production at EET

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   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 - September 2016

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 fda.gov 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


From the Feed Mill - June 2016

Welcome to my first newsletter article in my new position as Feed Mill Operations Manager. I have been with Equity Elevator for about 6½ years, working in the Agronomy Department as Lead Applicator. My wife Laura and I were both born and raised in this area and have chosen to raise our family in this area. Laura and I have four children: Owen, Klaira, Sawyer and Audra (born on May 7, 2016). Our hobbies and activities pretty well revolve around our children.

With my new role, I will be responsible for making sure that all bulk feeds get manufactured and delivered in a timely and efficient manner as well as customer service for both the bulk and bagged feeds. I will also be responsible for implementing the protocols and practices that keep us compliant with the state and federal rules. This is a challenge that I look forward to at Equity Elevator. Please feel free to contact me at the mill if you have any questions. Also, please stop in the Mill Office to get acquainted and to pick up your load sheets for bagged feed products and we will gladly load the products for you.

For all bagged feed picked up at the mill, please stop in the mill office to pick up a load sheet and someone will help you load. Thank you!

One of the first issues we will have to deal with, starting January 1, 2017, is the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued new requirements for feed distributors, veterinarians and producers to follow when using certain antibiotic products that are considered medically important to humans. The goal is to address public and consumer concern of antimicrobial resistance developing from the animal livestock arm of the food chain. This is an effort to help ensure safe food and sustainable long-term use of antimicrobials for both animals and humans. 

What is a VFD? It is a written authorization (much like a prescription), issued by a licensed veterinarian, for a producer to obtain and use medicated feed additives for their animals that are considered medically important to humans. The VFD will contain the following information: Veterinarian’s and Producer’s name, address, telephone number, premise location where feed will be consumed, issue date, expiration date (maximum six months), name of the animal drug, species and production class, approximate number of animals to receive medication prior to expiration date, level of drug and duration use, withdrawal period, indication for what the drug is used for and the vet’s signature. Any veterinarian issuing a VFD must operate in compliance with appropriate veterinarian-client relationship requirements. Additionally, all feeds containing VFD drugs must be used in accordance to the label (i.e. no extra label use).

Please Note: The VFD must be held by the issuing veterinarian, feed manufacturer and the producer for a period of two years from date of issue.

Listed below are some of the drugs we currently use that will transition to the VFD status:

Establish Drug Name... Proprietary Drug Name(s)                                                                 

Chlortetracycline... Aureomycin, CTC, etc.                                                                        

Chlortetracycline/sulfamethazine... AS700                                      

Lincomycin... Lincomix                                                                                   

Oxytetracycline... Terramycin, TM, etc.                                                                                          

Oxytetracycline... Neo-Oxy, NT, etc.

Penicillin... Penicillin, Penicillin G Procaine

Tylosin... Tylan

Virginiamycin... Stafac

The drugs listed above are just a partial list. We will keep you updated as we move closer to the deadline.

Thank you for your business!

Darian Horejsi
Feed Mill Operations Manager

Feed Mill Team: Nathan Bloch, Mark Jeseritz, Tony Johnson, Caden Laleman, Cory Lindstrom, Kristy Meier, Lonny Roepke, Terry VanOverbeke


Feed Department Notes - March 2016

As many of you know, January 1, 2017 will be a big change for producers when it comes to the use of antibiotics in livestock. The drugs will be split into two categories, either medically important or non-medically important. All medically important drugs will require a vet certificate before we can mix them in the feed. Some of the drugs for hog feed would include: aureomycin, terramycin, lincomix, neo-terra, stafac, tylan, pulmotil, and c.s.p. 250. On the cattle side they would include terramycin, chloratetracycline, and A.S.700. CTC and OTC will no longer be able to be used for treating foot rot. On the non-medically important drug side there are some that will still be able to be used without a VFD whuch include: albac, BMD, denegard, flavomycin, mecadox, and skysis. Denagard/CTC combination cannot be used without a VFD. Basically, all water soluable and injectable drugs will need a VFD except for BMD and denegard. As you can see, this can be very confusing so we are planning on having meetings later in the year to go over final rulings on what can be used.

Again this year we’ll be offering a pelleted creep feed for calves. It will be a mini pellet to help cut back on fines. It will be available with either bovatec or deccox. I would recommend starting the calves out on a texturized product and gradually switching them over to the pellet. The prices on feeder cattle have come down but there is still a good return on investment to creep feed, plus the calves start on feed in the feedlot a lot better and it helps stretch out the pasture. Remember to keep the tubs and mineral in front of the cows to help with cleaning and breeding back.

We have customers looking for people to build hog barns and custom feed for them. With the prices of barns going up, it takes longer to get them paid off but they are a good way to build up equity, plus the value of the manure is good. The feed and grain departments will sponsor a marketing meeting on March 30th with a representative from F.C. Stone as the speaker. Also on March 28th we’re having a calf grower meeting to discuss milk replacers, calf starters and management practices. We’ll send a notification to everyone as we get closer to the dates.

A topic of discussion from hog producers is the fineness of feed for feed conversion. Reducing the particle size of grains increases the surface area of the grain for enzymatic action, thereby increasing the digestability of energy and other nutrients in the grain. Kansas State research shows that there is an advantage to keep the particle size of the corn under 600 microns. The micron size on our corn usually runs from 475 to 540 microns. Sometimes the feed looks coarse because of the other ingredients such as distillers grains, soybean meal, and bakery by-product. This doesn’t make any difference as long as the corn is fine. The bottom line is that grinding corn to a smaller particle size increases the amount of energy available from the corn which reduces the amount of added fat needed in the diet which reduces diet costs. Flowabilty and ulcers in the pigs can be a problem with fine ground corn by itself, but with the addition of the other ingedients this should be fine.

Remember to support and thank our cattle producers in May, and our dairy producers in June for all they do in providing us with good tasting and the safest products in the world. Here’s hoping everyone has a good Easter and a great spring planting season. As always if there are any questions or concerns, please contact me on my direct line @ 507-485-3191 or cell phone @ 605-690-5693.

Tom Staniszewski
Feed department manager