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.
Purina Tubs and
Wind & Rain Mineral
Special Pricing / Booking Opportunity
It is that time of year to take advantage of booking your mineral and/or tub needs for 2018!!!
or call/stop in at any local Heartland Cooperative Services Feed location and ask for more information on pricing.
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.
Fall is here and the weather is changing. Large swings in temperature day to night can be hard on calves.
Below is a chart of the amount of milk dry matter needed to support maintenance needs of calves at varying temperatures. This chart doesn’t include what is needed for immune system support or growth…just maintenance.
A few key points to also remember going into cold weather…
1.Feed enough milk calories to maintain and grow your calves. Feeding more volume or 3 times a day instead of adding extra powder to the same amount of water may help prevent nutritional scouring due to the changes in the mix. If you do just add more powder, (monitoring Total Solids), additional water during the day is critical to prevent dehydration.
2.Calves need water in the winter too. Make sure calves have access to WARM water at least once daily. Calves will drink water early on if you train them you will give them water at the same time every day and give it to them while they are still up. Once young calves lay down, they will stay down and the water will get cold and freeze before it’s drank. Calves will also start on calf starter earlier if warm (body temperature) water is available.
3.Bedding base needs to be at least 6 inches deep. You shouldn’t be able to see the calf’s legs and feet when she is lying down. Do the knee test for 2-3 minutes. If your knees feel warmer, it’s good. If your knees feel cooler or damp, add more bedding. Keep calves dry!
4.Calf Jackets are great. Putting a jacket on a calf will make it feel 25 DEGREES WARMER to the calf. It’s a one-time investment that will last years. Always put a warm jacket on a DRY calf. A damp jacket loses its insulation value.