17 Things You Might Not Know About ANC

We serve all types of farms – large and small, traditional or organic. Just as each one of our consultants is unique, so are our farmers. We focus on delivering innovative products. We are not in the business of “me too.”  When we decide to make or sell a product, it is because it’s remarkable. Utilizing the full ANC program is what creates success. We have remarkable products, but we know that there are many management factors on the farm that are even more important. ANC is here to help guide you through those managements decisions, and to solve problems on your farm. “Dead calves don’t live to give milk.” Healthy calves are where it all starts. We have a Calf & Heifer Specialist on staff dedicated to solving problems when it comes to calf management, and a few key calf products designed to keep calves healthy and growing. We are unbiased. We work with a variety of mills and consultants that can help you determine the feed ingredients that will work best for your needs. We double-check our rations. It’s always a good idea to get a second pair of eyes on work to proof for errors, and make sure the ration matches your goals. Our consultants get dirty. Herd walk-throughs and getting right in the pen with the cows is something our consultants do on a daily basis. We use AMTS, NDS and our own ration balancing program. Our technical team and ration department strives to stay on the cutting edge of new technology in modeling programs. Which is a big reason why we’ve held two events focusing...

Monitoring Moisture in Forages Can Put More Money in Your Pocket

In my last post I discussed the outlook for milk prices in 2015.  The projected milk price and income over feed cost for 2015 are respectable but less than the record highs we experienced in 2014.   Even with lower milk prices and tighter feed costs there are opportunities to increase income over feed cost on your farm.   Monitoring the moisture content of forages and adjusting feeding rates with changes in moisture can have a positive impact on income over feed cost. Dr. John Goeser, Director of Nutritional Research and Innovation at Rock River Laboratory, indicates monitoring moisture in forages is an often overlooked strategy for maintaining a consistent income over feed cost.   Forage moisture changes can have a significant impact on profits. A 2 to 3 unit error can increase feed cost $0.25/cow/day. The table below shows the impact of a change in corn silage moisture in feed costs per cow/day.   In this example actual cow dry matter intake is 53 lbs.  When the moisture of the corn silage moves from 65% to 67.7%, but the TMR is not adjusted, then the total cost of the feed consumed increases by $0.25/cow/day.   The cows will eat until they are full, and in this situation they end up eating more of the higher cost supplements.   Not only do feed costs increase, but the cow’s risk of subclinical acidosis also increases which could lead to lower fat test, erratic dry matter intakes, and lower milk production. Moisture Dry Matter Intake Cost Per Cow Ingredient Cost/ton “on paper” Actual “on paper” Actual “on paper” Actual Corn Silage   $44 65% 67.7% 22.0 20.97...