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Rumen Health | Bailey’s Bit About Nutrition

Rumen Health
Rumen stability must be properly managed for herd health and optimum efficiency. Feeding and nutrition management can improve production and fertility as well as reduce the length of time between calving. The rumen is found on the left side of the animal and holds around 130-200 liters. A healthy rumen will have two contractions per minute. To look for a healthy rumen, handlers must watch for regurgitation, re-chewing and re-swallowing. This process is called rumination or cud-chewing.

Calf Nutrition | Bailey’s Bit About Nutrition

Calf Nutrition
The most sensitive period for a young calf is newborn to three months of age. When they are first born, calves’ greatest need is colostrum. Colostrum is milk extracted from the mammary gland in the first 24 hours after birth, containing immunoglobulins that, when absorbed by the calf’s gut, resist disease challenges. Calves have openings in the small intestines to accommodate protein absorption, but these openings close shortly after birth. Absorption is minimal beyond 12 hours of age, so the best time to feed …

Free Choice Minerals: Summer Sale

Balance Nutrition with Needed Minerals 
Free choice minerals are essential to keep a balanced diet for all life stages. Providing livestock with a free choice option ensures a balanced diet without ration balancing. 
 
 
 
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Fermentation | Bailey’s Bit About Nutrition

Why We Ferment Forage
Fermenting forages is very beneficial to cattle nutrition and production-wise. When forage is fermented it causes a breakdown of forage material, making it easier for animals to digest. Since the fermented forage is easier to digest, the bodies can digest forage quicker and releases more energy for the animal. The cattle can utilize the feed more efficiently and this will result in less waste in the undigested material that they excrete.
Breaking it down to the molecular level, microbes multiply and break …

Calcium | Bailey’s Bit About Nutrition

Calcium: The Trucker of All Nutrients
First, we need to start in the soil. Calcium has many roles in the soil. Calcium aids in maintaining soil physical properties, and in reclaiming sodic soils. Calcium contributes to soil fertility by helping maintain a flocculated clay and therefore provides more aeration. Soil structure and water holding capacity are improved when soils are rich in calcium. Calcium also stimulates the growth of beneficial soil microorganisms, including nitrogen-fixing bacteria, and helps counteract toxins in the soil and in the plant.

Vitamins | Bailey’s Bit About Nutrition

Vitamins 
Vitamins are very tiny organic molecules, but play a huge role in livestock’s normal body functions. Vitamin A comes from beta-carotene, a pigment in green plants that animals convert into vitamin A. Cows need 30,000 to 50,000 IU of vitamin A per head per day. Vitamin D is formed from exposure to sunlight or other ultraviolet light rays that animals convert into vitamin D through their skin. Cows need 20,000 IU of vitamin D per head per day.

Bugs | Bailey’s Bit About Nutrition

Bugs: Friend or Foe? 
Usually, our first thought when we see a bug in a field is a pest. Pests can kill, defoliate, and consume entire leaves. If there is an abundance of pests they can do a bunch of damage to an entire field and drastically lower the yield of the field. There are many common pests to watch out for. Common practice to eliminate these pests is using pesticides. Unfortunately, there can be many negative effects when using pesticides.

Microbes in the Rumen | Bailey’s Bit About Nutrition

Microbes in the Rumen
We know ruminant animals can digest forages, but do we know how? Ruminant animals are cable of digesting forages, for their rumen is filled with microbes. These microbes play a big role in the rumen. The microbes break down feed to produce volatile fatty acids, which are used by the cows as energy for maintenance and milk production. The rumen microbes are also digested and absorbed in the small intestines as the main protein source for milk production – providing up to …

Fly Control | Bailey’s Bit About Nutrition

Flies, Lice & Ticks – Oh my!
Spring is at our doorsteps and that means flies, lice, and ticks all come back. Flies especially, cause a lot of problems to the herd. Flies spread diseases, like anaplasmosis and pink eye. An abundance of flies on cattle tend to cause stress and irritation, which results in lower milk yields and decreased weight gain.
How can we prepare for fly season? Start by removing potential breeding grounds, which is anything damp.

Midwestern BioAg to offer SOURCE™ product line in collaboration with Sound Agriculture

BLUE MOUNDS, WIS. AND EMERYVILLE CALIF., April 12, 2021 – In partnership with Sound Agriculture, Midwestern BioAg to include SOURCE™ product line to their sustainable product offering. SOURCE, a bio-inspired chemistry, innovatively solves problems in fertilizer inefficiency, boosting yields and moving bottom lines.
The product line is praised for its trial-proved nutrient efficiency, ease of use, tank mix compatibility, wide application window and risk-eliminating performance promise. SOURCE adds to Midwestern BioAg’s sustainable product portfolio including Bio-Cal®, OrganiCal™ and TerraNu