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 - April 2017

Greetings from the Feed Department!

If you’re like me, springtime and warmer temps in our region are a welcome change. The longer days and warm sunshine bring the hope of a new growing season for crop farmers and livestock producers alike. By the time you receive this newsletter, many of you will have a couple months of calving and lambing under your belts, and are busy giving your young livestock a good start. Keep us in mind for your milk replacer, starter and creep feed needs. We work with a variety of distributors to be able to offer you a range of products and competitive pricing.

Before we know it, county fairs will be underway, and many of you have kids that are preparing 4-H animals for show already. With that in mind, I wanted to mention the different feeds we can offer, including rabbit pellets, chicken grower, lamb starters, and more! We can also special order show feeds upon request. Please be sure to call or stop in to discuss your needs, and include the kids in the process. We’re always happy to help the next generation succeed in the world of agriculture.

On that note, I have had the opportunity to attend many trainings over the past year, many regarding human relations within the agricultural world, among other topics. It is encouraging to be part of a dynamic industry in which we can help one another continue to learn and grow.

I want to thank our patrons for doing their part in helping us implement the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) requirements. As it is with anything new, there was some uncertainty and questions last year as we approached this change, but overall it has been a smooth transition. We understand there still may be questions moving forward; please don’t hesitate to contact us or your veterinarian with any concerns you may have.

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

Kind regards,
Darian Horejsi
Feed Mill Operations Manager

Feed Department Team: Maverick Fiene, Mark Jeseritz, Caden Laleman, Cory Lindstrom, Devon Louwagie, Grant Moorse, Lonnie Roepke, Terry VanOverbeke


From the Feed Mill - December 2016

Greetings from the Feed Department!

Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill to all people! Here is to hoping we find you warm and cozy for the start of our Minnesota winter.

With the New Year will come new requirements for the VFD (veterinary feed directive) feeds. Remember to check with your veterinarian if you have the potential need for a medicated feed. If you have any questions about the VFD’s or what medications are required to have a VFD, contact your veterinarian or be in touch with Darian, Grant or Maverick in the feed department. 

As of September 17, 2017, we will be under new rules and regulations for our feed division. This will entail more book keeping as well as creating diagrams for our feed mill set up and showing how the product gets from point A to point B safely. This will be a complete team effort, and we are confident that we will be well prepared for our September deadline.

I would like to tell you about a quality dog food we carry... NutriSource chicken and rice formula provides premium nutrition in an easy-to–digest food. Real chicken is the first ingredient, which is a source of high quality protein to help maintain muscle mass and strength. The available nutrients in chicken and rice result in less waste. With our promotional card, when you purchase 12 bags, the 13th bag is free!

I want to give a special ‘thank you’ to the all the employees who help in the feed department for their hard work and dedication during the busy harvest season. Things can be hectic at times, but we have a great crew that gets the job done.

As the holidays are upon us, please be conscientious about ordering feed in a timely manner, and take note that we are closed Monday the 26th as well as Monday, January 2nd. I would like to thank all the loyal customers for your business and wish you a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.

Kind regards,

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 - 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