Feed Forum



Eliminate Stress at Weaning Time

By Shannon Voegele, Nutritional Consultant

Weaning is considered one of the most stressful periods in the life of a beef calf. During the weaning process, calves are exposed to various stressors that include removal from their dam, castration, vaccination, dehorning, exposure to different pen or pasture environments, changes in feed and water sources, and exposure to season climate changes.  We can help eliminate some stressors by using stress tubs pre and post weaning.  Stress tubs are highly palatable molasses-based supplement that entices cattle to taste.  It provides the key nutrients needed for a fully functioning immune system so that cattle are fully prepared to face and/or recover from the stresses of weaning and transportation, respond to vaccination programs, and start more quickly on feed.  As you proceed with weaning this fall, let us know how we can help incorporate a stress supplement into your program. 




Cattle Management

By Brooke Brunsvig, Nutritional Consultant

As harvest thinks about ramping up, I encourage producers to keep an eye on their cow herd. We are starting to need to employ pasture management strategies like rotational grazing, grazing cover crops planted after small grain, for example, or even supplementing feed in pasture. Some are even bringing the herd home. However, protein may be more necessary than energy alone in putting or keeping condition on cows. There are a few options we can talk about and determine what might work best for your individual operation, so please call me or your location manager to talk about it.

In anticipation of feeding calves this year, please be in communication with me, when possible, about when cattle are coming. Its quite important this year to get feed samples, especially silage samples since the corn yield is… not normal… this year and will need to be compensated for. I can help run break- evens, but from what I’ve used and talked to producers about, cost of gain is running about 1.15 per pound and doesn’t look profitable to buy calves to background. With your own calves in the lot, it all depends on how you assign value to them. In my opinion you can’t feed your home raised calves a wrong amount of time if the markets hold.




Feed Department Update

By Tyler McCoy, Feed Department Manager

What a fast and furious summer it has been for the feed department. Brooke is back from maternity leave, and we have all our straight trucks back on the road. I would like to thank everyone for their patience the last month while we have had some major truck issues. We are currently looking to add another feed truck at Canova’s location so that we can have another straight truck to help with deliveries.

Shannon’s commercial creep has really taken off as well as his Hubber pig feed. The Montrose mill increased production over the last year by almost 3,000 tons. To put the ton breakdown into perspective the mill tons are broke down to about 80% swine feed, 10% poultry/pheasant feed, and then 10% cattle/goat/sheep feed. With all the creep that we have been making we are always looking for oats and corn so please keep us in mind if you are looking to sell.

Our poultry division has been doing extremely well for us. Our layer feed has customers coming from as far away as Marshall, MN. Our QLF sales are up around 15% from the previous year and that’s thanks to Brooke’s hard work and our team down in Tyndall/Springfield. Please give us a call with any feed questions that you may have, and we would love to come out and see if there is any way that we can help.




Are you thinking about creep feeding?
Call a Nutritional Consultant or Location Manager for pricing and availability today.

Keep our feedlot programs in mind once you wean your calves.
Call a Nutritional Consultant or Location Manager for details.

Central Farmers Cooperative is dedicated to serving our patrons.
Please call the location nearest you to find out how one of our professional staff members can help you.


 Feed Staff

Tyler McCoy
Department Manager
Cell: 605-421-0872

Brooke Brunsvig
Beef Consultant
Cell: 605-480-4147  


Shannon Voegele
Nutritional Consultant
Cell: 605-750-0207