Heartland Cooperative Services
101 Parkside Dr. Dorchester, WI 54425
715-654-5134 or 1-800-521-2021
AGRICULTURE - INDUSTRY - RURAL LIVING
Justin Englebert - Dairy Production / Nutrition
Ray Melander - Purina/Land O Lakes - Dairy/Beef Specialist
Toby Langhoff - Dairy Production/Nutrition
Patrick Coulliard - Forage Specialist/Dairy Nutrition
Maria Meyer. PAS Dairy Production/Nutrition, Calf & Heifer Specialist. Certified Auto Feeder Specialist.
Matt Bendixen - Dorchester Feed Location Manager/Dairy Nutrition
Kimberly Kassube - Dairy Production / Nutrition
Online Feed Ordering System
Heartland is moving forward not only with the construction of our new feed manufacturing center in Owen, WI but with a new online feed ordering system. Being able to utilize technology, and making ordering easier for our customers, is one step towards the future of the feed business. This is just one more step forward in keeping up with the needs of our customers.
Contact your local Heartland Cooperative Sales Representative or call any mill location for more information.
Heartland’s Calf and Heifer Program
Calf Auto Feeders
Are we programming our auto feeding programs to do what we want them to be doing?
Anyone with an auto feeder knows there are a lot of numbers associated with getting those machines up and operational. One of the areas we work with on farm is to make sure we have the discussions with producers and calf managers to make sure everyone understands how the numbers work. These discussions can ultimately have a big impact on the day to day functions of these machines, and ultimately the health of the calves. Some of the areas of discussion;
One of the most important areas to look at before installing an auto feeder on your farm. Water is used on some farms for mixing with milk powder but in every case, it is used for cleaning! Cleaning is the number one area we must be paying attention too when using any system auto feeding or conventional!
Are we setting up the programs to allow natural behavior of the calf?
Are we accidently causing a bottleneck at the nipple?
Are we actually feeding the solid level that we think we are feeding? (This has been an interesting finding lately)
(It is not just the “concentration” level in the feed program that makes this determination.
Are we using the correct amount of chemicals?
Are we up to speed on what is available for cleaning options in our feeders?
Are we using the correct amount of powder to achieve the solids level we have targeted?
Ask your auto feeder specialist to work with you on reaching your goals. She can teach you about your equipment program and how it can affect the behavior and health of your calves?
If you would like more information or want to visit and share your farms goals please, call Maria Meyer (715) 797-9603 at Heartland Cooperative Services and schedule an on-farm visit to see what your current program is doing for you and if there are any differences or strategies that can improve the calves on your dairy.