Drought: Tools and Solutions to Make it Work

As many producers are once again dealing with drought, it is important to utilize all resources and tools to ensure you make the most of what you have.

Know What You've Got

Our staff of nutritionists are ready to assist with the challenges you may be encountering within your operation due to drought. We will work with you to determine the nutritional content of your forages and develop a feeding program that cost effectively achieves your performance goals.

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Stretch What You Have

Amaferm® is the key ingredient in our product lines and is a natural prebiotic that maximizes the nutritional value of feed. It delivers more microbial protein and energy to the animal through increased digestibility thus allowing the animal to utilize more of what they are currently consuming and improve performance without additional inputs.

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Whether you need help locating hay from another source or testing the hay you have, our team is here to help! Our Area Sales Managers are more than just sales people - they are cattleman themselves who know and understand your needs. Our mission is simply to help in whatever way possible.

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Other Resources

We have developed an extensive online tool called the Regional Feed Barometer to help you identify economical choices for your rations. By selecting ingredients that are considered a good buy, relative to cost, you may be able to reduce overall drought feed costs.

Regional Feed Barometer

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Feed Smarter During Drought

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