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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Greetings From the Feed Department - December 2015

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


Tidbits From the Feed Department

We’ve started carrying a few new products for dairy cows. Instead of using blood meal along with our base, we’re using a product from Purdue Agsolutions, called MetAAtien, which is a combination of blood plasma and amino acids. The cows will utilize 90% of this product compared to 76% of straight blood meal. Another product from Purdue is called LysAAmet which is an amino acid supplement to help improve profitability through increased milk volume and concentration of milk components. LysAAmet provides a concentrated, consistent and balanced amino acid supply with a focus on metabolizable lysine and methionine. University research has shown that these two amino acids supplied in the proper ratio can improve energy utilization in the diet which can result in increased milk yield, milk fat yield, and milk protein yield. Another product we’ve started using is extruded flax feed. It helps balance the ratio of omega fatty acids. This probably seems kind of boring but we’ve seen very good results on all three products along with good payback.

With the cattle markets showing losses on traditional cattle, many of our producers have started feeding Holsteins. Working with Big Gain feeds, we have a good packer contract available with J.B.S. in Green Bay. We have programs for getting calves from babies, 200 lbs, and feeders. We have producers that can background the 200 lb’ers to 500 lb’s. if interested contact myself or Don Ginder at Big Gain. The Holsteins show a good profit potential.

We’ll be making pelleted creep feed for calves on pasture again this summer. The pricing is quite a bit better than last year. There’s a booking program going on now on hydrolac and silage innoculants. We carry three different innoculants: one is a dry product, one is water soluble, and we also have one that’s water soluble with buchneri for longer storage life. We’re also taking tarp orders for delivery before fall.

Thanks, have a great spring season.

Tom Staniszewski
Feed Department Manager


Feed Dept. Update - October 2014

Greetings from the Feed Department!

The PEDv has calmed down in the area. The producers we work with are all doing on-going blood testing and at this time they are all negative. The main challenge seems to come in the winter months so we’re keeping the same protocol as far as washing the trucks and sanitizing equipment. If anybody has a outbreak please contact us so we can deliver the loads at the end of the day and power wash and sanitize and let dry overnight.

As in the past, we have bunker covers, ag bags and vapor barrier on hand. The covers run in widths of 32, 40, 50, 60, 80 and 100 feet, up to 1000 feet long. The ag bags are 8, 9, and 10 feet widths, from 100 to 300 feet long. We carry the 'Up North' brand, which is far superior to the foreign products on the market. We also carry both water soluble and dry applied silage, haylage, and corn innoculants. The products I recommend have Buchneri in them for a longer stability and bunk life.

I would like to remind everyone again about the mixer and compartment sizes. The mixer and the compartments in the feed trucks are all 3 ton, so it makes us a lot more efficient if feed is ordered in 3 ton increments. Hopefully we can pass the savings back to you, the producer. The semis have 8 compartments and the straight truck has 3 compartments.

I’m always looking for ways to improve our service to customers. If you have any suggestions on things you would like to see changed or different products we should handle, please contact me. When I started here 2.5 years ago, 85% of our business was hog feed and the balance split between dairy and beef. That has changed drastically with hog feed less than half of our business and a large increase in dairy, beef and sheep. As this has happened we needed to change a lot of the products we are carrying.

We have a few projects coming up in the mill. We are putting a roof over the roller mill and screener system, re-doing a leg by putting in more cups and a different drive to speed it up by 50%. We are also changing some of the rolls to try and get a more consistent product. We’ve already put in a new distributer this summer over the feed load-outs. Once the chemical shed is completed by the west store we will be cleaning up the old chemical warehouse and converting that to a feed warehouse. We will move all the feed up to the mill sos it is in one location to make it easier for your pick-up. This will also help us get a better handle on inventory.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please give me a call. Have a safe and bountiful harvest!

Tom Staniszewski
Feed Department Mgr.