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Email: Rmelander@heartlandcooperativeservices.com
Contact Ray Melander
Livestock Production Specialist
Rumensin for the Beef Production Herd

Rumensin is a cost-effective tool that improves feed efficiency in mature beef cows and average daily gain (ADG) in replacement heifers, allowing you to optimize gain in growing heifers and reduce the feed resources needed to maintain your herd’s body condition.

Rumensin also prevents and controls coccidiosis in the production beef herd and is the only ionophore approved for use in mature, reproducing beef cows.
Elanco Animal Health conducted four trials to evaluate dose range of Rumensin and theeffect on reduced feed requirements. The results in Table 3 demonstrate feeding Rumensin at 50 or 200 mg of monensin daily reduces the feed requirement 5-10%, respectively, while maintaining cow body weight and reproductive performance. 

For pennies per head per day, producers with the Rumensin advantage realize more weight gain in beef replacement heifers, resulting in fewer days to first estrus. This is important because heifers that breed earlier in the first breeding season generally
Always be sure to read and follow all label directions. Information courtesy of Elanco Animal Health®. Please contact Brady Zuck
(Elanco Animal Health) at 715-415-9131 or bjzuck@elanco.com with any questions. 
Cattle Lameness and it’s Relationship to Cattle Handling

This past August I had the opportunity to attend a conference, which focused on cattle lameness caused by digital dermatitis also including the importance of low stress cattle handling, was sponsored by Zinpro, a micro mineral company that supplies many of the trace minerals that are in Purina Wind & Rain Mineral including zinc. Zinc can have an influence on foot health. Presenters included Dörte Döpfer, DMV/ Ph.D. University of WI, Madison and Dr.Tom Noffsinger DMV, Benkelman NE.

Dr. Döpfer presented data outlining the effects of Digital Dermatitis or commonly known as “hairy heel warts”. Digital Dermatitis produces painful lesions that can lead to lameness in beef cattle, the impact of lameness on performance is costly and wide- reaching. Most notably is decreased feed intake and lowered average daily gain. Digital Dermatitis is recognized as the most prevalent infectious claw lesion in the world. Understanding how to identify the presence and severity of digital dermatitis is key to keeping the disease under control. Once introduced to the herd the disease can spread rapidly. There are 5 stages of digital dermatitis originally identified by Dr. Dö pfer et al. 1997. A need for anintegrated prevention strategy that manages risk factors to help control digital dermatitis should include management, hygiene and nutrition. On the nutrition side of digital dermatitis Availa Plus from Zinpro represents not only a new trace mineral product but an entirely new approach to foot health management. It has been developed specifically for use in beef cattle to promote tissue health from the inside out.

Over the last several years there has been a growing interest in low stress cattle handling with the goal in mind of cattle never having a bad experience while being moved from pasture, through the chute or being trailered. Dr. Noffsinger came with an armful of videos he had taken while working with his clients in Nebraska. He showed us how to identify the begin phases of lameness, observing cattle movement habits and how some cattle can hide their lameness if they have had a bad experience being moved in the past. He discussed unloading and loading practices along with alleyway design that allows cattle to see where they are going. When we can work with the natural movement of cattle and
have our handling systems set up accordingly injuries can be minimized likewise less need for treatment and loss of production.

For more information about low stress cattle handing check out “Animal Handling Training” videos where there are 14 Dr. Noffsinger training modules available at the Animal Care Training website.
Review, recalibrate and refocus 
goals and priorities
It is that time of year again where we should be looking at our farms goals and priorities. As part of this process we should be reviewing long term goals. One area to look at is production of lactation=1 herd members.  
There are many important areas of opportunity to increase production on a dairy. According to Gavin Staley DVM, MS a technical service specialist for Diamond V the biggest opportunity for an increase in overall herd production may begin back in the calf hutches and heifer pens.

    He has found that average milk production of first lactation dairy cows during weeks 10-15 in milk is highly correlated to average annual milk production of the entire herd. 

    For example, a herd that has a lactation=1 production at (10-15 weeks) of 75lbs. will not become an 85lb average production herd.

    If one of your goals is to increase your herd production focusing on growth of your heifers is extremely important. Increasing trends are to decrease age at first calving, but with this we still need to maintain growth and ensure we are not compromising mature size development with decreased age at calving.  

    Developing a program to monitor heifer growth and grow a mature sized springer in the shortest time possible and in the most economic manner possible is critical. 
     At Heartland Cooperative Services helping you reach your herd goals by developing a strong heifer program is one of our goals. Contact one of your local Team members today.
Toby Hovde - Purina/Land O Lakes - Dairy Nutrition
(715) 314-1725 thovde@heartlandcooperativeservices.com
Ray Melander - Purina/Land O Lakes - Dairy/Beef Specialist
(715) 216-7309 RAMelander@landolakes.com
Toby Langhoff - Dairy Production/Nutrition
(715) 257-1477 langhoff54411@aol.com
Patrick Coulliard - Forage Specialist/Dairy Nutrition
(920) 851-3924 patc@heartlandcooperativeservices.com
Maria Meyer Dairy Production/Nutrition, Calf & Heifer
(715) 797-9603mmeyer@heartlandcooperativeservices.com

Certified Auto feeder Specialist
Matt Bendixen - Dorchester Feed Location Manager/Dairy Nutrition
(715) 654 6632mattb@heartlandcooperativeservices.com
Keeping Accurate Cow Records

Being able to monitor your herd’s performance is important for profitability. Having records allows for individual animal evaluation and herd evaluation. In times when milk prices fluctuate, producers need to be able to keep track of their herd performance and make management decisions to increase profitability.  

    Herd management programs can vary in cost. There are many programs available for purchase. Some of these include: VAS; DairyComp305, Profitsource; DairyQuest, DRMS; PCDart, and DHI-PROVO just to name a few available options. Cost depends on features and what you want your program to do for you.

Feeding Pasteurized Milk Balancer 

    Our Calf and Heifer program at Heartland is focused on building a healthy calf and also creating a future profitable member of your lactating herd. Through months of benchmarking herds we have seen many trends in heifer growth based on different feeding programs. Full potential feeding has proven time and time again to create heifers with not only the highest weight gains but also the highest height and frame development. Along with these benefits we also see the lowest cost investments in cost per lb of gain. As we move forward we will be able to look at the production of these heifers on farms in our service area. Demonstrating that our calf and heifer program is focused on the long term development of all the lactating herds we work with.  

    Many of the farms in our area feed pasteurized milk to their calves, either from the waste milk from treated cows, high SCC milk or using saleable milk from their bulk tanks. With today’s milk prices, the utilization of Pasteurized Milk Balancer (PMB) is very cost effective, to pulling some or all saleable milk, for feeding prewean calves. Not only is it lower cost per lb of dry matter (DM) but it also includes some of the products that you may be purchasing and/or adding separately to the milk already. For example, our PMB products include bovatec which helps prevent coccidiosis in preweaning calves. We also have technologies which are included in many of the Purina milk replacers to increase health and efficiency. Our latest technology Smartcare has shown some positive health benefits also.

    With current milk prices substituting 50% of your saleable pasteurized milk, with PMB, can reduce feed costs per calf per day by $.35-$.40 per calf per day on a full potential feeding program. With some of the supplements, farms are already adding to their pasteurized milk, we have seen an additional savings of $.13-$.26 per calf per day.  

    PMB includes many of the vitamins and minerals that are deficient in whole milk. For example, when you purchase milk in the store which Vitamin is added to milk? Do you know why it is added for human health? Vitamin D is added to milk to help with calcium absorption. Calcium is critical for teeth and bone development. This is just one example of why balancing your calves’ diets for nutrition is important to health, growth and also future profitability. A well balanced diet helps maintain a strong immune system. If you have questions feel free to contact one of our Team members!  

Calf Meetings 2017
The calf meetings in January were extremely well attended. Thank You to all who attended!! If there is anyone who would like information from the meetings, that could not attend, please feel free to call Maria Meyer for information at 715-797-9603.  

    The winner of the Bonnie Mohr signed and numbered print was Eddie Yoder. His name was drawn at our Heartland Cooperative Services annual meeting on January 26, 2017. Congratulations Eddie Yoder!