Medford Cooperative

Author: Dan Tanata

Dairy producers choose to apply inoculant to forages and high moisture corn to protect their investment in feed against spoilage and dry matter losses.  I know there are hundreds of products to pick from.  What is the best choice? Medford Cooperative recommends Buchneri 500 from Lallemand.  Why is Buchneri 500 better?  Buchneri 500 contains 400,000 grams L. buchneri and 100,000 grams of  P. pentosaceus of LAB.  No other inoculant contains that many grams or that combination of spoilage fighting organisms. Does your current product…

Evaluating supplements and additives during a period of low milk price is very common.  The current (4/1/16)  price for fat is $2.21/lb. and protein is $1.92/lb.  It doesn’t happen very often that fat and protein pricing are inverted. Amino acid balancing for protein may not pay as much as it did last year at this time. Each producer has to remember that lysine and methionine are required nutrients just like vitamins and minerals.  Dietary lysine levels drive milk production and are…

Medford Cooperative Animal Nutrition believes in partnering with many suppliers to bring the best products of each supplier to our producer owners. It is a different approach than many of our competitors and yields the following benefits: the latest in feeding technology, price competitiveness, and more choice, all in one location. Medford Cooperative Animal Nutrition has partnered with Big Gain to bring an exciting new milk replacer option to area producers. We are the first dealer in Wisconsin promoting direct…

Medford Cooperative believes in providing our customers the best feed product that can be manufactured. We are constantly looking at ways to improve our manufacturing process to increase quality and efficiency.  A couple of years ago we started the process of replacing our feed mixers.  The mixers were both over 30 years old and becoming very difficult to maintain.  I investigated new feed mixing technology, deciding on a 4 ton twin shaft mixer from Scott Manufacturing in New Prague Minnesota…

Producers often ask me “What is the best feed buy right now?” I used to look at cost per ton and cost per gram of MP in ingredients to answer that question. Now I have developed a spreadsheet to help answer that question more effectively. Since we have limited space for ingredients, we need to choose the best ones that will fit in a very diversified portfolio of rations. The first limiting amino acid for milk production is lysine. I…

An area that a dairy can reclaim lost profit is calf management.  Most producers know their death loss and health concerns in their calves and heifers, but many are not tracking growth rates.  Tracking height and weight monthly can pay dividends by identifying opportunities for management and nutrition changes that will affect a producer’s bottom line. Feed 4 quarts of high quality colostrum within 12 hours of birth. Calves need to double their weight by 56 days of age. Check…