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On-Farm Grain Storage Simplified

Landmark’s Grain Operations Manager Fred Johnson is joined by Pam Jahnke to talk about on-farm grain storage. It is important to do it right, keep a quality product, and most importantly do it safely. Safety is always the number one goal.
Posted in Grain, Videos

Mineral Supplements for Beef Cattle

Selecting the correct mineral supplements to support the growth and reproduction in beef cattle is essential to maintaining healthy animals. Most cattle get a large portion of their required minerals from high quality forages or grains. Those that aren’t provided by forages or grains can be supplemented with a mineral program. Minerals that are needed to support cattle nutrition, are classified as either macrominerals or microminerals.

 

MACROMINERALS

Calcium and Phosphorus: Play hand-in-hand when it comes to the skeleton.

  • 99% of total body calcium and 80% of total body phosphorus, are stored in the bones.
  • The calcium and phosphorus stored within the bones aid in short-term dietary needs.
    • Long-term deficiency: can cause bones to weaken or break. A decrease in either mineral or both combined, can cause a loss in weight gain or gaining efficiency, and reduce the amount of milk production in a lactating cow. A deficiency in phosphorus can also delay puberty in heifers and can delay mature cows from coming back into heat. A deficiency in calcium can affect the nervous and muscular systems from working properly.

Magnesium: Supports proper enzyme and nervous system functions along with a strong carbohydrate metabolism.

  • Deficiency isn’t common but can accrue when cows are grazing lush fescue or small grain pastures during later winter and early spring.

MICROMINERALS

Copper: Helps support enzyme systems essential for growth and development.

  • Is the most commonly deficient mineral in grazing cattle.
  • Symptoms of deficiency-reduced fertility, depressed immunity and reduced pigmentation of the hair.

Manganese:

  • Manganese is required to have normal reproduction along with fetal and udder development.

Selenium:

  • Deficiency symptoms: If an animal is deficient in selenium, it can cause white muscle disease to develop in newborn calves. This deficiency can also cause calves to be weak at birth. Often times, cows with selenium deficiency have increased rates of retained placentas and poor reproductive performance.

Zinc: Is needed for many enzymes and important for immunity, male reproduction, as well as skin and hoof health.

We have a variety of Landmark Ignite mineral tubs as well as bagged minerals that are fortified and will compliment any feeding program. Contact your Landmark Animal Nutritionist today.

 

Posted in Animal Nutrition, Blog

Research Trial Importance

During the rush of the season the last thing on our mind is doing a plot or any kind of research plot as we focus on trying to just get the crop in and sprayed/fertilized on time. Every fall we wish we would have spent more time in the spring and summer putting in better data strips and seed plots, but the spring sometimes gets in the way. Beyond our want to get things done in a timely manner, our other hurdle is often the data collection itself. It can take days to decipher where exactly a planter changed hybrids or treatments or where a sprayer ran and the exact part of the field it cut off.

A lot of this data is important on how you run your farm. Trials aren’t just for seed and chemicals, any data you can collect on your farm is important to you. We’ve done side by sides with different tillage tools, tillage practices and cover crops among many other management practices. The key is that we need to be out in the field looking at how anything we do affects the plants themselves and not just taking the harvest data.

The main take away is we want to try hybrids, chemicals and agronomic practices that could have helped your operation after we finally took the time to do them a year later.  We’ve seen a tillage practice change lead to a 14 bushel bump that was mostly from an increased plant stand that we could have had the year before. It was a simple change that could have led to a major increase to the bottom line for a farm that didn’t cost anything. So when you are planning for 2018, take the time to work on the little things and plan for something that will take a minimal investment in time to potentially increase your bottom line the following year.

Posted in Agronomy, Blog

Landmark Donates to Local Fire Departments

Landmark Services Cooperative (LSC) is honored to announce a donation to three local fire departments – Marshall, Sun Prairie and Waterloo – for their tireless and diligent search efforts in honor of Jesse Faber, son of Dan Faber, employee of LSC.

“We are very grateful for the incredible support of local fire departments to the Faber family. This donation is to honor the memory of Jesse Faber,” expressed a heartfelt Shannon Horstmeyer, executive assistant at LSC.

“This is near and dear to my heart,” said Chief Vern Butzine of the Waterloo Fire Department. “Anytime a situation like this happens, we are always there to help out. It’s a community effort. The strong support of the community and companies like Landmark, keep us going. It is very much appreciated.”

It is incredibly important to have a support system in place when tragedies occur. LSC is proud to be a part of these collaborating communities in which employees and members live and work. Beyond the search and rescue efforts of the fire departments and emergency services, numerous community members also contributed. This show of community resolve provides comfort to those who live in them.

“There are no words to express the sympathy we have for the Faber family. This donation from Landmark will be dedicated to future search and rescue efforts to aid in finding missing people quickly and safely,” remarked Captain Becky Gruber of the Sun Prairie Fire Department.

“The entire Marshall Fire Department sends our deepest sympathy to the Faber family. We are very grateful for the generous donation made to our department from Landmark in Jesse’s name. The money will be put toward our utility vehicle that is used for wild land search and rescue/fire suppression,” responded David James, president of the Marshall Fire Department.

 

Posted in Landmark News