Benefits of Bovine Plasma in Calf Milk Replacers

Rodney Dennis, Ph.D., Dairy Nutritionist The purpose of this article is to reinforce the safety of the use of spray-dried bovine plasma in Kent milk replacers. The recent incidence of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) led to some concerns that the … Continue reading

Building Costs vs. Performance and Payback

Randy Rosenboom, Field Specialist There have probably been more cattle buildings put up in the last five years than in the previous 40. This has been driven by several factors – EPA compliance, cattle profitability, and a drive for more … Continue reading

Food Allergies in Dogs

Jeanne van der Veen, MS, PAS, Equine & Specialty Nutritionist What is a food allergy? A food allergy is the result of the immune system mistakenly perceiving a harmless substance, typically a food protein, as something dangerous to the body. … Continue reading

Fly Control – Now is the Time!

Jim Moseley, Dairy Nutritionist It’s time once again to consider fly control options. Flies are not just irritating to cows; they transmit disease, reduce feed intake, and significantly reduce profitability. Heavy fly infestations have been shown to reduce milk yield … Continue reading

Dietary Vitamin C Helps Health-Challenged Pigs

Dr. Michael Edmonds* and Dr. Jon Bergstrom* Increasing serum vitamin D levels with the use of a stabilized form of vitamin C is an important finding to help the pork industry make progress towards addressing many issues that may be … Continue reading

Cold Stress Management for Young Calves

Rodney Dennis, Ph.D., Dairy Nutritionist/Calf Specialist This winter (2013-2014) is turning out to be one of the coldest in recent years, which places special emphasis on cold weather management of young calves. A December 2013 Nutrition Notes article indicated that … Continue reading

Benefits of Higher Energy Finishing Diets

Randy Rosenboom, Field Specialist If there is one good thing to come out of feeding $8 corn, it’s that even cattle feeders that grow their own corn became acutely aware of the value of feed conversion. Everyone knew that F/G … Continue reading

Complexed Organic Trace Minerals in Sentinel and Dynasty

Jeanne van der Veen, MS, PAS, Equine & Specialty Nutritionist The trace minerals zinc, copper, and manganese, are essential nutrients that have been proven to positively affect many vital functions. Some of these functions include: Immune system function and response … Continue reading

Cows, Like Us, Respond to Light

Jim Moseley, Dairy Nutritionist It “dawned” on me this week that I seldom see the sun any more. It is dark when I drive to the office in the morning and dark when I drive home at night. In between, … Continue reading

Cold-Weather Calf Feeding: Economics of Milk Formula 1 Winterizer vs. Milk Formula 1 Plus Milk Energizer

Rodney Dennis, PhD, Dairy Nutritionist/Calf Specialist In cold weather, calves need more energy for body maintenance, depending on their age and environment. During the first 3 weeks of life, the maintenance requirement increases about 10% for each 10°F drop in … Continue reading

Vitamin C Questions from the Field

By Michael Edmonds, V.P., Swine and Poultry Nutrition With the recent addition of Vitamin C to our NexGen starter programs, there have been questions from the field that we will address in this Nutrition Notes article. In the trial with … Continue reading

Automated Calf Feeding Systems (Part 1): Deciding If It Fits Your Operation

By Rodney Dennis, Ph.D., Dairy Nutritionist/Calf Specialist The use of automated calf feeding systems has increased in recent years. Many producers have successfully used these systems with labor savings and other benefits. The successful use of these systems requires a … Continue reading

Elevating Serum Levels of Vitamin D3 Metabolites in Pigs Post-weaning: The Effects of Dietary Supplementation with a Stabilized Form of Vitamin C

Swine producers are continually faced with the challenges of getting weaned pigs off to a good start. In addition to the normal stresses associated with weaning, pigs may be exposed to conditions and pathogens that may further compromise their health, … Continue reading

Dietary vitamin C helps health-challenged pigs

By Michael Edmonds and Jon Bergstrom Originally appeared in Feedstuffs on October 28, 2013. Reprinted with permission. Increasing serum vitamin D levels with the use of a stabilized form of vitamin C is an important finding to help the pork … Continue reading

Elevating Serum Levels of Vitamin D3 Metabolites in Pigs Post-weaning: The Effects of Dietary Supplementation with a Stabilized Form of Vitamin C

Swine producers are continually faced with the challenges of getting weaned pigs off to a good start. In addition to the normal stresses associated with weaning, pigs may be exposed to conditions and pathogens that may further compromise their health, … Continue reading

Elevated Vitamin D Serum Levels in Health-Challenged Pigs Fed Rovimix® Stay-C® 35 Found by Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. and DSM Nutritional Products

Elevated (14 to 46%) serum levels of three key vitamin D metabolites and improved performance were achieved in health-challenged nursery pigs during extensive nutrition research conducted at the Kent Nutrition Group’s Product Development Center. The research conducted by Dr. Michael … Continue reading

A New Technology for the Limiting of Feed Intake in Diets for Cattle on Pasture

Steve Sachtleben, PhD, PAS – KNG Beef Research and Nutrition The issues with traditional intake limiters for cattle on pasture or in drylot are cost and availability of ingredients. About two years ago, KNG set forth to provide our customers … Continue reading

BoVantage vs. Hydro-Lac for Holsteins During Heat Stress

Field Observation Trial – Paynesville, MN By Randy Rosenboom, Field Specialist Heat stress in the Midwest is a common occurrence, but not necessarily a consistent one. We are subject to periods of hot weather, but the heat index can be … Continue reading

Supplemental Paylean® in Late Finishing Pigs

By Michael Edmonds, Ph.D., Vice President, Swine and Poultry Nutrition Many research trials have been conducted over the years at the Kent Nutrition Group Product Development Center in which performance, carcass, and economics were all improved with supplemental Paylean. This … Continue reading

BoVantage Technology in Dairy Calves: Additional Observations

By Rodney Dennis, Ph.D., Dairy Nutritionist/Calf Specialist BoVantage Technology (BoVantage) was introduced into the Kent dairy calf program in 2008, based on consistent positive responses in dairy calves at the Kent Product Development Center. Those trials demonstrated better feed intake … Continue reading

The Rains of 2013 and Effect on Forage Quality

Jim Moseley, KNG Dairy Nutritionist It goes without saying that so far the late spring and summer of 2013 have been very wet; much different from what was predicted. The experts were warning that if the drought of 2012 continued, … Continue reading

Dairy Calf Weaning/Co-Mingling Practices for Better Profit

By James Grothe, Dairy Beef Specialist Weaning and/or co-mingling are probably two of the most stressful times in the early life of dairy calves. Many things change for calves at this time, causing stress that can compromise the strength of … Continue reading

Make Hay While the Sun Doesn’t Shine

By Randy Rosenboom, Field Specialist After last year’s drought, who would have thought we would struggle to put up hay this year because it’s too wet? But, here we are, and KNG has a product to help manage the situation. … Continue reading

The Use of Rumensin in Pasture Minerals

By Steve Sachtleben, PhD, PAS – KNG Beef Research and Nutrition The ionophore Rumensin® (monensin sodium) has been cleared for use in beef cattle for over 35 years. Depending on the feeding situation, the FDA has approved claims in beef … Continue reading

Dynasty Performance Horse Feeds

Jeanne van der Veen, M.S. PAS, Equine and Specialty Nutritionist The look in their eye says it all… the focus, the determination, the will to win. Supporting this focus with precisely balanced nutrition and proper strength conditioning, horses can achieve … Continue reading

BoVantage and its Effect on Heat Stress in Feedlot Cattle – 2013

Steve Sachtleben, PhD, PAS – KNG Beef Research and Nutrition Cattle producers are faced with multiple challenges today when attempting to be profitable, such as high ingredient costs, high fuel prices and seemingly upward feeder calf prices. The environment can … Continue reading

Importance of Consistent Mixing of Milk Replacer

By Rodney Dennis, Ph.D., Dairy Nutritionist/Calf Specialist Raising healthy, high-performing calves without digestive upsets, bloating and diarrhea requires attention to detail that includes providing the required amount of a properly mixed milk replacer. A recent study conducted by the University … Continue reading

NexGen 12-17 Mixer Program vs. Competition

Michael Edmonds, Vice President, Swine and Poultry Nutrition Due to a large price discrepancy between our NexGen 12-17 Mixer program and a major competitor’s grind-and-mix program, we elected to do a product comparison at the Kent Nutrition Group’s Product Development … Continue reading

NexGen 12-17 Mixer Program vs. Competition

By Michael Edmonds, Vice President, Swine and Poultry Nutrition Due to a large price discrepancy between our NexGen 12-17 Mixer program and a major competitor’s grind-and-mix program, we elected to do a product comparison at the Kent Nutrition Group’s Product … Continue reading

NutriVantage Poultry Pack for Commercial Poultry Operators

By Michael Edmonds, Ph.D. Vice President Swine and Poultry Nutrition In the last seven years we have developed excellent data regarding the benefits of our proprietary products called NutriVantage® and BoVantage®. These products have shown benefits in young pigs, grow-finish … Continue reading

Making More Profit with Holstein Steers

James Grothe, Dairy Beef Specialist With the drought of 2012 changing our markets both positively and negatively, the question remains how one can profit in 2013. I will discuss a few practices that will help the potential for profitability in … Continue reading

Rockford Plant Receives Feed Mill of the Year Award

AFIA (American Feed Industry Association) and Feedstuffs Magazine representatives presented the Runner-up “Feed Mill of the Year” award to personnel at the Kent Nutrition Group (KNG) manufacturing plant in Rockford, Illinois, today. The Feed Mill of the Year program recognizes … Continue reading

Take Time to Evaluate Current Ingredient and Ration Costs

Randy Rosenboom, Field Specialist Last fall, we looked at creating silage grower rations with reduced value drought silage. Since then, corn has gotten cheaper and most byproducts have not followed suit. I have spent a fair amount of time with … Continue reading

Introducing the ecube Equine Feed Product Line

Kent Nutrition Group and Blue Seal introduce ēcube™, equine nutrition made naturally simple! ēcube™ is a forage-based total mixed ration (TMR) for horses. The soft, easy-to-chew cube is designed to be fed 24/7 – continuously throughout the day – as … Continue reading

Introducing Dynasty XT Equine Performance Feeds

Kent Nutrition Group and Blue Seal introduce the Dynasty XT line of textured equine performance feeds. No matter what the performance or activity goal, the horse needs nutrients to grow and develop, to progress, to gain strength and stamina, and … Continue reading

Effect of NutriVantage Technology on Broiler Performance and Economics

Michael Edmonds, Vice President, Swine and Poultry Nutrition Our broiler/poultry research effort for the last two years has been to identify and evaluate functional natural compounds that improve performance and economics. Our objective was focused on developing “a NutriVantage® Technology … Continue reading

Feeding Cattle During Drought Conditions

Dr. Steve Sachtleben This year has proven to be one of the driest and hottest growing seasons in recent history in the middle of the United States. As a result, pastures are going bare, hay crops are short and the … Continue reading

Summer Heat Management in Grow/Finish Barns

By Dan Cudmore*, Western Region Swine Specialist *Adapted from Brumm (Farms.com; June 26, 2012) It’s hot and miserable in most hog barns, so here are some management tips for summer heat. Most customers don’t completely understand the impact of heat … Continue reading

Pasture – A Missed Opportunity?

Jim Moseley, Dairy Nutritionist I’ve been surprised over the past few weeks by the number of requests to update dairy diets due to the addition of pasture. Although many of our customers feed total mixed rations (TMR), even these are … Continue reading

Managing Summer Heat for Holstein Steers on a Self-Feeder

James Grothe, Dairy Beef Specialist/Commercial Account Manager Summer temperatures are already here or right around the corner, so now is the time to start getting feedlot cattle ready for the heat. Holstein steers actually take the heat well, but still … Continue reading

Managing Heat Stress in the Feedyard

Randy Rosenboom, Field Specialist I’m sure most of us remember the extended period of hot weather we had in the summer of 2011. While our market area south of Interstate 80 deals with heat quite frequently, those of us in … Continue reading

Anaplasmosis in Beef Cattle

Steve S. Sachtleben, PhD. PAS, KNG Beef Research and Nutrition What is Anaplasmosis? Anaplasmosis is an infectious disease caused by a protozoan parasite that is spread by ticks and biting insects. Needles, dehorning, castrating and other medical-type equipment can also … Continue reading

Tools for Selling Kent Beef Programs

James Grothe, Dairy Beef Specialist As costs of cattle feeding rise, customers are requesting additional profitability information, and rightfully so. What type of information are customers asking for? What is the best way to deliver the product or service advantage? … Continue reading

Protimax Plus for Calves

James Grothe, Dairy Beef Specialist Protimax Plus is designed to assist young calves through the health and nutritional challenges they face the first days and weeks after birth. It is added to milk fed to 2- to 3-week-old calves. It … Continue reading

The BoVantage/Optaflexx Advantage

By Dr. Steve Sachtleben, Kent Beef Nutritionist Both field trials and research data from the Kent Nutrition Group (KNG) Product Development Center have shown that stressed calves benefit when fed KNG’s BoVantage®. Intakes are stimulated and average daily gains enhanced, … Continue reading

Poison in the Garden?

Horses will usually avoid toxic plants, but if they are hungry, bored or curious enough, they might be willing to try something new.  Good pasture management, including regular mowing and smart planting, along with common sense can eliminate many potential … Continue reading

BoVantage/Optaflexx for Finishing Cattle

Randy Rosenboom, Field Specialist After reviewing my presentation at the recent sales meeting with a few of my peers, I wanted to follow-up and emphasize the major points that will help sell BoVantage/Optaflexx (BVT/OPT). First, the Optaflexx clearance relates to … Continue reading

Rumensin – Efficacy and Toxicity in Beef Cattle

Steve Sachtleben, PhD, PAS It’s been over 35 years since Elanco Animal Health (Indianapolis, Indiana) registered Rumensin® (1975) for use in beef cattle for the improvement of feed efficiency through its modification of rumen fermentation. Subsequently, additional claims have been … Continue reading

Heart of a Horse

Basics of the Equine Heart The cardiovascular system is a dynamic one, designed to transport water, oxygen, carbon dioxide, energy fuels, electrolytes, hormones and other metabolic products throughout the body [1]. At the center of the system is a muscular … Continue reading

Equine HYPP Recommendations

By Jeanne van der Veen, MS, PAS Equine Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis (HYPP) is an inherited muscle disorder characterized by abnormal muscle movement or activity. The disorder is found primarily in Quarter Horses with a genetic link to the stallion ‘Impressive’. … Continue reading

E-Collar Control for Your Hunting Spaniel

Article originally appeared in Quail Forever magazine. The e-collar is a useful and powerful tool that can greatly extend your reach as a trainer. When used correctly, an e-collar can be a great aid in the training and control of … Continue reading

Winterizing Your Horse

By Greg Powers, Regional Sales Manager As the leaves turn color and autumn heads towards winter, now is a good time to make a list of things to do to properly winterize your horse. Float teeth Body score Pregnancy check … Continue reading

Ribbons for the Trail

By Theresa Cannavo, Marketing Manager Styling a horse’s mane and tail is fun and a great way to spend quality time with your horse. But did you know that you can tie a ribbon to your horse’s tail for safety … Continue reading

Pre-Season Conditioning

Article originally appeared in “On the Wing”, a monthly email newsletter by Pheasants Forever. Health & More Birds With the hunting season just around the corner, now is a good time to start thinking about conditioning your canine athlete for … Continue reading

The 3 Types of Upland Sporting Dogs

Article originally appeared in Quail Forever magazine. An Extension Of You There are many sporting breeds for upland bird hunting and everyone has a personal preference. In my experience, many types and breeds of dogs can be effective hunters. Most … Continue reading

Dehydration Evaluation and Treatment in Dairy Calves

By Rodney Dennis, Dairy Nutritionist/Calf Specialist Evaluating and monitoring dehydration in dairy calves is an important task for good calf performance and survivability.  This requires good management – careful observation, attention to individual calves and the ability to monitor dehydration. … Continue reading

Choosing The Right Dog For You

Article originally appeared in Pheasants Forever magazine. Match Your Style Certain things just go together well, and that applies to hunters and dogs. Dogs and their owners begin to resemble one another over time and take on characteristics of each other’s … Continue reading

Seasonal Feeding Programs

Article originally appeared in Quail Forever magazine. Feeding For Performance As a breeder and trainer of canine athletes, we’ve spent many years refining our feeding program to ensure peak performance and condition throughout the year. Consequently, we get a lot … Continue reading

Particle Size Of Swine Diets

Michael Edmonds, Ph.D., Vice President, Swine Nutrition We have generally recommended a particle size of 750 to 850 microns in growing-finishing diets.  Compared to a coarse grind (i.e., 1000 to 1200 microns), the finer grinds do require checking feeders more … Continue reading

Feeding the Thin Horse

By Carol Reynolds, Marketing Manager When determining how to feed your thin horse, knowing the current body condition score and estimated weight of your horse can be very helpful. When we see our pasture partners every day it is difficult … Continue reading

Top 5 Tips to Getting Ready to Show and Win

By Theresa Cannavo Getting the horse ready – Have you started to remove the winter coat and increase your training regiment? Now is the time to do so. Using our Omegatin product helps renew that hair and coat just in … Continue reading

Proper Milk Replacer and Water Feeding

By Rodney Dennis, Dairy Nutritionist/Calf Specialist Why should milk replacer be mixed and fed according to directions? Nutrients are absorbed by osmosis. In mammalian physiology, all body fluid compartments contain 300 milliosmols of osmolarity. So for optimal absorption (osmosis) of nutrients … Continue reading

Basic Care Guidelines For Dairy Beef Calves

By James Groethe We are getting close to the end of a long, hard winter that has tested all of us in some way.  With that being said, I thought it would be beneficial to discuss some basic care recommendations … Continue reading

Basic Care Guidelines for Dairy Beef Calves

James Grothe – Dairy Beef Specialist We are getting close to the end of a long, hard winter that has tested all of us in some way. With that being said, I thought it would be beneficial to discuss some … Continue reading

Tips for Beginning Retriever Training

Article originally appeared in “On the Wing”, a monthly e-mail newsletter by Pheasants Forever Train To Your Expectations There are many schools of thought regarding the best methods for training a finished retriever. The extent and style of training will … Continue reading

It’s The Training, Not The Tool!

Article originally appeared in “On the Wing”, a monthly e-mail newsletter by Pheasants Forever While on a radio show, I was told of young pointing dog that was taken out to hunt his first birds, the owner relying on an … Continue reading

How About A Pager For Your Dog?

Article originally appeared in “On the Wing”, a monthly e-mail newsletter by Pheasants Forever It Works For People For years, business people have used pagers to maintain effective communication while out of the office. Through sound or vibration, a pager … Continue reading

Tips for New Field Trialers

Article originally appeared in “On the Wing”, a monthly e-mail newsletter by Pheasants Forever Maybe you’ve done Field Trials & Hunt Tests before, maybe not. As a beginner you’ll make mistakes and not remember everything that you’re supposed to do. … Continue reading

Evaluating Water Quality for Dairy Cattle

By Brad Oldick, Ph.D. Dairy Nutritionist Water quality is becoming a greater issue for dairy producers as they continue to grow and put additional stress on their water resources.  Water quality within a water source is not necessarily a constant … Continue reading

Sulfur Toxicity in Feedlot Cattle

By John J. Wagner, Ph.D. Professor & General Manager, Southeast Colorado Research Center Colorado State University, Lamar, Colorado The Need for Sulfur Sulfur is an important component of many functions in the body and is an essential nutrient for beef … Continue reading

Molds and Mycotoxins

By Steve Merriam, Vice President, Animal Care Brand Manager and Bruce Arentson, V.P., Regulatory Affairs, Equine & Companion Animal Nutritionist This year (2009) continues to be an economic challenge to agriculture but fall has brought another serious obstacle for farmers; … Continue reading

Succesfully Receiving Holstein Feeder Steers

By James Groethe A good receiving plan for Holstein steers can pay big dividends of $5 to $30 or more profit per steer. This approach involves a number of practices that can greatly reduce problems while improving the bottom-line with … Continue reading

Count Pennies to Cut Cow Costs This Winter

By Dr. Steve Sachtleben, Kent Beef Nutritionist In today’s economic picture for commercial cow/calf producers, the measure of profitability can be tied to small changes. This segment of the market has enjoyed profitability for many recent years due to cheap … Continue reading

The Story of Mickey

By Janet Plave-Gross “Mickey”, a 38 year old Morgan gelding, rests on his laurels since retirement at the Beekman Therapeutic Riding Center, in Lansing, Michigan. Today we are all so grateful to have such a wonderful horse in our presence. … Continue reading

Determining Factors In Bird Dog Abilities

Laying A Genetic Foundation In more than fifteen years of breeding dogs, we have taken great care in selecting traits for hunting, conformation, and overall health in order to ensure a quality household and hunting companion. We have learned that … Continue reading

Reading a Feed Tag

By Theresa Cannavo, Marketing Manager How long has it been since you really looked at the content of your horse’s concentrate feed? Like most  of us, you probably stand in line at the feed store, ask for “three bags of … Continue reading

Dairy Beef Feeding Opportunities

James Grothe, Dairy Beef Specialist As corn harvest approaches, it looks to be a good one as far as yields – I think we have a very good opportunity to gain some new business and clients. In this market of … Continue reading

Considerations when Feeding Commodities

Brad Oldick, Ph.D., Dairy Nutritionist As poor economic conditions continue for dairy producers, more of them are asking questions about feeding on-farm commodities. I have had this question resurface on several midsized dairies with high producing cows (average 85 lb+); … Continue reading

Dairy Beef Summer Feeding and Mixing Guidelines

James Grothe, Dairy Beef Specialist As the warm and humid days of summer approach, we need to pay close attention to corn and pellet diets. Because of the method, these are usually fed in a self-feeder. We need to monitor … Continue reading

Receiving 200-600# Holstein Feeder Steers

James Grothe, Dairy Beef Specialist A good receiving plan for Holstein steers can pay big dividends of $5 to $30 or more profit per steer. This approach involves a number of practices that can greatly reduce problems while improving the … Continue reading

Unusual “Case Studies” from the Autumn of 2008

Brad Oldick, Ph.D., Dairy Nutritionist I recently wrote an article for The Redline that discussed “Corn Silage Slump.” Since then, corn silage has been busily fermenting in silos across our trade area. In many instances, cows have been switched to … Continue reading

Fine-tune the Feed Yard with Self-Audit for Peak Performance

James Grothe, Dairy Beef Specialist As we deal with market changes and profitability, we can work with clients to ensure that they avoid any unnecessary losses due to missed management opportunities. A self-audit is one that the client can perform … Continue reading

Economic Factors of No-Roughage Feeding

James Grothe, Dairy Beef Specialist Corn has been at a record high value over the past few months; consequently producers are considering other types of feeding programs rather than the Precision Dairy Beef (PDB) or NRB programs for dairy beef. … Continue reading

Feeding Programs for Beef Cows

An Alternative Using Kent Beef Cow Co-Product Minerals Steve Sachtleben, Ph.D., PAS, Kent Feeds Beef Nutritionist Along with corn, hay and co-products, dicalcium phosphate has become scarce and expensive. Generally, beef cow diets include hay, corn, maybe corn gluten or … Continue reading

Staying Competitive During Less Favorable Markets

Michael Edmonds, Ph.D., Vice President, Swine Nutrition Helping pork producers improve their growing-finishing efficiencies is especially critical when market hog prices are low and corn, soybean meal and other feedstuffs are exceedingly high. Listed below are some growing-finishing strategies you … Continue reading