New ANC Hire: Heather Hunt

Heather Hunt of Archbold, Ohio has been named the Dairy Technical Specialist for ANC. In this new position, Heather will use her observation skills to draw out strengths and opportunities that she sees on farm and will implement ways to deliver success for the farmer and for ANC Independent Consultants. In addition to on-farm planning, Heather will assist in recruiting new consultants and businesses for ANC in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. Heather was raised on a dairy farm in Ontario, Canada and earned both of her degrees in Animal Science from the University of Guelph, focusing on nutrition.  She previously worked for Trouw Nutrition USA as a Territory Sales Manager and has a wide array of knowledge and skills in ration formulation, on-farm assessment, marketing and sales, and people management. Heather has 15 years of industry experience. “Heather brings a diverse range of skills, talents, and abilities to ANC.  She grew up on a small registered Holstein herd in Canada, but her comfort level is not limited to small herds.  She has the experience, training, and analytical skills to work with herds milking several thousand cows,” said Dr. Scott Bascom, ANC Director of Technical Services.  “Any farm that Heather steps foot on can benefit from her advice and expertise.” Heather resides in Archbold, Ohio with her husband Stephen Krajcarski and their two daughters, Peyton (11) and Tristan...
Balanced Nutrition = Milk Potential

Balanced Nutrition = Milk Potential

Trent Hendrickson of Trent-Way Genetics in New Glarus, WI has been working with ANC Independent Consultant Tim Sherven since September 2012. Since Tim started working with Trent and his herd of 55 Holstein cows on the ANC program, there has been an increase of 6 pounds of milk, +0.1% in components, and +0.1% in protein.  By running a more efficient ration and feeding fewer additives, Tim and Trent were able to lower costs, as well as increase production and components. One of Trent’s goals for his herd include, “maintaining the type of cattle and condition without sacrificing milk and components.” ANC can help Trent achieve this goal by providing cows with an overall balanced ration. Currently, Trent is very satisfied with the fact that his cows are balanced and have little to no Displaced Abomasums or Ketosis problems. “The most important service that ANC provides is the balance of overall nutrition, which leads to good, healthy cows that breed back and milk to their potential,” said Trent. Currently, Trent-Way Genetics is averaging 81 lbs. of milk, 3.72% butterfat and 3.06% protein.  Trent feeds a balanced ration based on protein, amino acids, carbohydrate and fiber levels....

Regional Manager Position Opening in Pennsylvania

ANC has an open position for a Regional Sales Manager in central Pennsylvania. Qualifications: Master’s Degree in Animal Science or Dairy Science preferred Strong technical dairy background 10+ years’ experience in the dairy industry 5+ years’ experience in sales Job Duties: Map out and assign sales areas for our independent consultants Recruit and Sign contracts with consultant dealers, feed mill dealers and veterinary clinic dealers Assist in training and motivating these people in: selling and sales techniques, servicing accounts, trouble shooting problem accounts, trouble shooting with consultant dealers Work with each consultant dealer at least once every 4 weeks Assist company in updating sales materials and techniques Coordinate local ad placements Conduct initial prospect interviews Conduct monthly sales and service and nutrition meetings in your region Strive to give each consultant dealer the knowledge necessary to implement all segments of the ANC program. Continue to improve technical skills by attending conferences, reading, etc. to become as much of an expert as possible in many farm management areas. About ANC: Agri-Nutrition Consulting LLC is an animal nutrition consulting company that has grown to encompass relationships with producers throughout the Untied States, through the efforts of independent consultants. ANC strives to provide the best quality service to its customers through precise, customized rations. ANC’s goal is to help producers achieve maximum profit from their homegrown feeds....

Cow Poo and You

Properly evaluating manure can provide a multitude of information for the nutritionist to better balance a ration.  Most importantly, an evaluation can reveal the cow’s rumen function along with exposing intestinal health, forage quality, sorting, and energy and protein status.  Knowing how to properly evaluate manure will enable the nutritionist to more effectively adjust the ration and create a stronger bottom line for the dairy. Manure evaluation begins when you enter a pen or barn.  Look at the different piles and see if there are any differences from pile to pile.  If there are differences between the piles, are the cows sorting?  Does the variance relate to stage of lactation? Are the fresh cows loose or high cows too stiff?  Do some investigating into the correlations you discover.  Evaluate the consistency of a pile for the average cow.  If it’s too loose the ration may be providing excess protein or a lack of effective fiber/acidosis. Maybe there is a problem with moldy feed, or dysentery is going through the herd.  If the manure is too stiff, there may be an imbalance of energy and protein. Evaluating the manure is a good first step, but just looking at the manure isn’t enough.  Much more information can be learned when your nutritionist properly screens manure. Proper screening will give you a better understanding of rumen function, intestinal health and starch digestibility. The information gained will allow you to more precisely balance the ration and help reach your goals.  Ask your ANC consultant to evaluate and screen the manure on your farm to see if your cows are making the best use...

Monitoring peNDF – Why It’s Important

As a ration analyst, I have seen many rations come across my desk. When I investigate herds with milk fat depression, I focus my attention to physically effective Neutral Detergent Fiber (peNDF). Physically effective Neutral Detergent Fiber (peNDF) is also known as the term “scratch.” Forage particle length is very critical in maintaining rumen health. Not only does it promote good rumen function, but also the cow will produce up to 125 pounds of saliva in one day!  Long stemmed hay and straw are two kinds of roughages that can be found being fed on most farms today. We can examine physically effective feeds based on the eating factor, ruminating factor, and total chewing factor, as shown in the table below. (Mertens 1995) Long stemmed roughage performs the highest in all three categories. Long stemmed roughages force the cow to chew and regurgitate multiple times. When this happens, lots of bi-carb is produced, thus stabilizing rumen pH. Many farms across the U.S. must achieve peNDF with haylage and corn silage alone. Corn silage chopped at different lengths, then measured for its physically effectiveness factor is shown below. (Yang and Beauchemin, 2006a) The coarse cut corn silage had a physically effectiveness factor (pef) of .72 while the fine cut had a pef of .32. When mixed into a TMR containing the corn silage, the coarse cut corn silage had a pef of .56 and the fine cut had a pef of .32. With these results we can determine that the length of cut on forages play a critical role in creating enough peNDF in the diet. A Penn State Shaker...