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Cow and Calf

Prepping for Calving Season

Mar 04, 2021

As beef cattle producers calving season is one of the most anticipated times of the year but can also be one of the most stressful times burdened by cold, late nights checking cows. Although many of our seedstock operators have been through the rush of their calving season many of Wisconsin’s commercial cattleman are just getting prepared. Now is the time to make sure your team and facilities are adequately prepared to ensure a smooth calving season. 

2021 Virtual Update Meeting

Feb 26, 2021

1. Fair Ribbon Program - Matt Severson​​2. Board IntroductionsSteve Burns - ChairmanMitch Seston - Vice ChairmanSteve Trescher - DirectorDave Unbehaun - DirectorLouie Kieler - Secretary3. Minutes from 2020 - Louie Kieler4. Chairman's Report - Steve Burns5. Manager's Report - Andy Fiene6. Closing Remarks - Matt Severson7. Scholarship Recipients8. Giveaway Registration

2022 Calendar Contest

Feb 22, 2021

WE NEED YOUR HELP! For 2022, we're doing something a bit different for our annual calendar. We are looking for any pictures that help depict our cooperative and agriculture in general! From a picture of a sprayer out in the field, to your cattle enjoying our high quality Premier feed and all the family grill outs, LP tanks, and stops at our convenience or hardware stores, we're looking to capture our patrons experience with your cooperative.

2021 Scholarship Winners

Feb 16, 2021

Since our usual in-person annual meeting had to go virtual this year, our scholarship program had to as well. To apply, students had to submit a video essay on the importance of cooperatives in rural America. Congratulations to our scholarship winners and good luck in the future!

Mineral

3 Key Abilities of a Mineral Program

Feb 02, 2021

As you consider a minreal program for your cow herd, there are 3 key things to consider: BioavailabilityPalatabilityWeatherability

Dairy Calves

Biome Boost Promotion

Jan 25, 2021

Premier Cooperative has a NEW & IMPROVED calf feed lineup featuring Biome Boost; an exclusive calf feed technology to support the microbiome of the calf. As a part of this new feed lineup, Premier is running the following promotion: 

Dairy Cow

Managing Mycotoxins in Feed for Dairy Cattle

Jan 04, 2021

Growing conditions during the crop year often leave cattle feeders and nutritionists concerned for mold and yeast growth on corn and other grains throughout most of the Corn belt. The 2020 growing and harvest season seemed to be an improvement over the last three years, but there are still pockets of the region that are experiencing challenges with mycotoxins. Simply observing mold on corn does not mean that mycotoxins are present. A first but important step is to identify the main types of molds and yeast  present. Identification of the potential mycotoxins in the feed is important when formulating a plan for minimizing the effects on cattle. 

Beef Cattle Pasture

Formulating Winter Rations

Dec 17, 2020

To date fall weather has been rather mild, however, soon enough good ol mother nature will bless us with the season livestock producers dread…. WINTER. As the saying goes, if you like winter you never owned livestock. However, owning cattle, winter can be a time of excitement as you await the coming calving season and get things geared up to see the success of last years breeding decisions. More importantly during this time  though is being aware of the nutritional demands of the cows as you transition from a typical maintenance type diet to diets that meet the needs of a cow in the last 1/3 of gestation.

1st Annual Holiday Food Drive

Dec 08, 2020

In recognition of the need faced in our communities, Premier wanted to find a way to give back this holiday season. With the uncertainty of the world today, the need to eat stays constant. Beginning mid-November, Premier branches began to collect non-perishables to donate to local food pantries. The food drive officially ended on Friday, December 4th with a total of 1,849 items to be donated to local food pantries.    

Beef Cattle Pasture

Feeding your Top Replacements

Dec 02, 2020

As producers continuously push to get more pounds of milk and combined solids, there tends to be more conversations around developing healthy eating habits within the lactating herd. As nutritionists, we might recommend switching up the feed routine to avoid running the bunk out of feed or even increasing feed push – ups per day. However, have we ever thought about how we train our cows to eat in the stages before they get to the lactating herd? Here are four points to consider when feeding your herd’s top replacements.

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