EDUCATION 2018-02-02T17:43:08+00:00

Survey Shows the Needs/Wants of Cattlemen

In order to be truly profitable, cattle producers need to be able to raise calves or feeder cattle that meet the expectations of the buyer. However, this is not always as apparent or easy as it would seem. Cattlemen may not be compensated for genetically superior cattle because they are not producing the type of [...]

Cattle|

Seven Vital Trace Minerals for Cattle

Cobalt, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, selenium and zinc are trace minerals important to good cattle nutrition. Ranchers and feedlot operators need to know whether or not these minerals are available in their regions and supplement deficiencies accordingly. This TDN excerpts an article by Oklahoma State University animal nutritionist Fred Owens which identified the geographic availability [...]

Cattle|

Researched Seeds: The Power Behind your Food Plot

You gaze across the rhythmic swaying sea of vibrant green. Surging skyward and bursting with nutrition, the field whispers sweetly to your bucks. And they come, eagerly and quickly, right into your sight to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Yes, you worked very hard for that healthy green food plot. You did everything right [...]

Deer & Elk|

Keeping the Flock Healthy

Proper management is essential to raising healthy chicks. Here are a few guidelines to help you raise chicks the Purina Way. Environment: “Keep it clean, keep it dry” Warm, dry housing without drafts is absolutely necessary. Make sure your enclosure (barn, coop or housing) is predator proof. Clean and disinfect housing, feeders and waterers before [...]

Poultry|

How to Plant a Food Plot

Let’s talk about exactly how to plant a food plot. It’s really important to do this right if you want an optimal plot. The first thing you should do is conduct a soil test 6 months before planting. You can go to www.mossyoakbiologic.com and click on BioLogic Soil Test to download a form, instructions on [...]

Food Plot|

Health & Nutrition for Goats

Goats are generally hardy animals, but certain parasites, bacteria and viruses can significantly impact their health. Following are some of the more common problems you should watch for. In all cases, if your goats appear droopy, lack energy, lose their appetite or exhibit any outward sign of distress, consult your veterinarian at once. Health Internal [...]

Goat|

Food Plot Glossary

Annual Annuals are varieties of plants that typically grow, produce seed, and die within the same growing season. For example, tomatoes and watermelons are annuals. They germinate, produce leaves, produce seed, and die all with one growing season. Growing seasons are defined when conditions are such that plants never go dormant or die. The cold [...]

Food Plot|

Feeding the Food Chain For Bigger Fish

By Mark Griffin, Ph.D. and Gordon Ballam, Ph.D. Purina Mills Research & Technical Services Anyone who has ever spent a Saturday morning on their pond with a fishing rod knows what a thrill it is to feel a tug on the end of the line. The size of the thrill however, is directly related to [...]

Fish & Aquatics|

Feed Management

Good bunk or self-feeder management means providing cattle with fresh, nutritionally balanced, palatable feed and keeping it available to them at all times. Cattle establish consumption patterns early in the feeding pens — usually within the first two weeks. The dry matter intake of feedlot cattle can be a key to animal performance and profitability. [...]

Cattle|

Deer and Protein

by Purina Mills, LLC There is considerable controversy regarding the percentage of dietary protein that deer should have. Many people believe that deer cannot tolerate more than 16% dietary protein and that high-protein diets are wasteful or even toxic. This simply is not true. Research in South Texas has shown that wild deer diets at [...]

Deer & Elk|

Aqua Management

Sudden Losses of Fish When the majority or even the entire population of fish in a fish culture system die suddenly, the cause is usually an acute environmental stress. Possible environmental stressors include inappropriate water quality parameters. The most common cause of fish kill is probably depletion of dissolved oxygen. Depletion of dissolved oxygen may [...]

Fish & Aquatics|