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Alfalfa Report From Pete Bonin

Apr 24, 2020

Is your alfalfa off to a good start for the season? Alfalfa in the area is breaking dormancy right now.  Some of what you are seeing greening up in the field is dandelion and not alfalfa plants.  It is important to scout your alfalfa fields to make sure the plants are off to a healthy start and that there are enough alfalfa plants there to obtain optimum yield. Other questions and concerns have come up: Will the recent snowfall, frost, and overall cold weather affect alfalfa plants that have already started to green up?  Breaking dormancy occurs over a time frame of weeks and is not an instantaneous function. 

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Apr 20, 2020

Weekly ACH Program - I'd like to introduce you to our Weekly Autopay Discount Program. In order to incentivize automatic payments from our members, we have established the following discount program for customers who enroll their accounts in our weekly ACH autopay. Members may enroll their accounts in our weekly ACH autopay at any time. Accounts enrolled in ACH autopay will have their future purchases automatically debited to their bank accounts via ACH (often called e-check) on the Friday following the week of purchase (example below).

Premier Cooperative Mini Bulk System

Apr 13, 2020

Tired of throwing around 50 lb bags of feed? Our Mini Bulk System is perfect for you! 

Bats, Lubricants, and Contracts

Apr 03, 2020

I hope this newsletter finds you all healthy. The world has changed a lot since the last newsletter. I’m writing this from my office but that may change. I may be writing it from home next time. Or the pandemic may be over. We have to remain flexible. 

It's Time to Rethink Particle Size

Apr 02, 2020

It is time to update our recommendations for optimal ration particle size. Physically effective neutral detergent fiber (peNDF) was defined by Dave Mertens in 1997 as the portion of forage or feed particles that are retained on the 1.18mm (millimeter) screen during dry sieving multiplied by the NDF content. This proportion of fiber is effective at stimulating chewing and forming a functional rumen digesta mat.

Commitment to Employee & Customer Safety

Apr 02, 2020

Spring planting season is always a crazy time for the Agronomy Division of Premier Cooperative.  This year we are dealing with the extra challenge of the pandemic virus COVID-19.  With safety a core value for us, the health and wellbeing of our employees, customers and the communities in which we live and work, will dictate how we conduct business this spring.  With this in mind, we have taken extra steps to help protect our customers and employees.  

Crop Production Tips

Apr 01, 2020

With the extra challenge of the pandemic coronavirus and resulting COVID-19, this Spring's planting season is on pace to be a crazy time for everyone trying to get a crop in the ground. Here are a few reminders of items to make sure you check off your list this April.

Tips for Successful Weaning

Sep 02, 2019

Weaning is a stressful event and combined with low intakes and not meeting nutritional needs, this can lead to health issues and lower performance. The return on investment in a good starter program is selling a higher percentage of your calf crop. Here are 4 simple components to a starter program.  

Reduce Shrink in Dairy Feed

Aug 02, 2019

When someone says minimize shrink in dairy feed, what’s the first thing that pops into your head? Is it feed bunk management, proper defacing or feed waste? Shrink is all of that and much more.  A different definition of shrink is dairy feed that was not consistently consumed or adequately utilized by the animal. Examples include:  •Unprocessed corn silage that passes through into manure.  • Commodities blown away as a delivery truck tries to deliver feed on a windy day.  • Feed consumed by the cow that she didn’t need or was fed in incorrect amounts.  In all these cases, shrink impacts your bottom line.  So, how can you combat shrink and reduce the impact on your wallet?

Calves Need Water

May 02, 2019

Water plays essential roles in hydrating a calf and in rumen development, not only in the summer, but year-round.  Baby calves are on a liquid diet, so it may seem that offering water is not necessary, but that is not true. Offering water separate from milk will increase weight gains by increasing starter intake.  Best practice is to provide calves access to clean, fresh, warm water from the first day of life. However, according to the National Dairy Health Monitoring System (USDA, 2014), the average age of heifers when first offered water in the United States is 17.3 days. The age when first offered water tends to go down as herd size increases (see table), and no category of herd size is (on average) offering water the first day of life.

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