The Best Crude Protein Level for Calf Starters

A recent study by Hubbard Feeds determined the ideal calf starter protein levels in a randomized trial. Four groups of calves were fed crude protein starter at 15%, 18%, 21%, and 24% levels, along with a conventional milk replacer feeding program, and their growth was carefully measured. The study demonstrated that 18-21% crude protein starter provides best growth and performance.

Your co-op offers an 18 and 22% crude protein starter to maximize your calves’ growth. For advice on any topic related to livestock, contact your co-op today.

Click here for a PDF of the complete study.

Sidewalk Sale Coming Up on Sept. 12!

Our Sidewalk Sale is coming up on Saturday, September 12 at our Bedford location only – mark your calendar now! We’re reducing our inventory to get ready for the change in seasons, which means you’ll get discounts of up to 50% on a huge range of selected merchandise. This sale is one day only — don’t miss it! Hope to see you then.

Field Day 2015

More than 60 farmers attended our August 21 field day at the Gerald Smith Farms to view 16 Channel grain corn varieties and 15 corn silage varieties, along with checks from competitors. The fungicide-free plot is one of 15 similar plots planted across the Northeast, allowing Channel to compare and gain accurate data about which hybrids perform best in different field conditions (such as varying types of soil and disease pressures). We’re proud of our participation in this program and the valuable information it provides our members.

We thank all who came, and encourage you to watch for a complete report soon!

Coping with 2015 milk prices

After a year of record-high milk prices in 2014, dairy farmers are experiencing a significant plunge this year. According to Ag Web, milk prices that exceeded $24 per 100 lbs in 2014 have dropped into the $15 range. According to the Margin Protection Program (MPP) Calculator, diary margins for 2015 will range in the $5.50 to $7.00 range.

Hubbard Feeds has several recommendations to help you cope with the current market conditions.

Use Margin Protection

If you did not enroll in the MPP in 2014, you will have a chance to enroll for 2016 from July 1 to September 30, 2015. Further information is available at http://www.futurefordairy.com/program‐details.

Maximize Pregnant, High‐producing, Healthy Cows

In good and bad dairy climates, producers that get cows bred and maintain healthy, productive herds are the most profitable.

Maintain or Improve Milk Components

In component priced milk markets, maintaining or increasing milk fat and protein yields will improve your milk check.

 

We’ll have more on this subject in future posts, so be sure to check back often.