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Gut Health

By Dr. Angela Mays, PhD I recently attended a conference focused on gut health in production animals. Gut health is something the average person spends little time thinking about or considering, but as an animal scientist, specifically one working with brewer’s yeast and ruminants, this is an area of great interest for me. If the animal’s “gut” is not healthy, the animal is not at peak health nor is its feed-to-gain ratio as efficient as it could be. The word “gut” is a general term often used to describe an animal’s digestive system. In ruminants such as cattle, sheep and goats, …

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Looking For Your Next Lamb Prospect

By David Thacker, Show & Tell Guest Writer Gavin Perkins, a lamb producer and major player in today’s club lamb market, recently shared with me what he wants and looks for in his animals today. Here are some tips when picking out your own lamb or when buying your next show lamb prospect. Breeder Reputation Breeders that have success in the show ring typically continue to do so. They are the ones who tend to be on the leading edge of genetic traits and trends with quality stock in most cases. Muscle Remember these are MARKET animals. Market animals are …

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EIEIO: Species-Specific Societies and Organizations

By Dr. Angela Mays, PhD This EIEIO is a follow-up from November’s post titled “Societies and Organizations.” This month’s links are a bit more species-specific but similar to other societies in that their membership usually consists of college students and professors, veterinarians, industry personnel, research scientists, and anyone else interested in the research and science focusing on poultry, equine and swine. These societies publish articles accessible through membership journals or open access online. Each society also offers other membership and non-membership benefits as well. Take a minute and check out the links below and keep looking for more society and …

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Generous Donation Kick-Starts New IFEEDER Donor Level

An interview with Wayne Rod, CEO, the F.L. Emmert Company: *As published in Feed & Grain magazine F.L. Emmert Co. made IFEEDER history by giving a $125,000 corporate donation — the largest public donation on record — to IFEEDER. The donation earned Emmert the honor of being the first member of IFEEDER’s Corporate Chairman’s Club, the highest level of giving. Emmert’s CEO Wayne Rod shared why he feels IFEEDER’s mission is so important and why other companies in the feed industry should get involved. Feed & Grain: Why did F.L. Emmert Co. decide to contribute to IFEEDER? Rod: We’ve been …

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Food For Thought: Sustainability And The Animal Feed Industry

*As published in Feed & Grain magazine, January 2015 By Mike Manning The United Nations states that true sustainability must thoroughly address three key issues. It must be socially responsible, environmentally friendly and economically viable. Let’s start with social responsibility. This discussion ranges from animal welfare to the animal feed vs. human food debate. There is growing concern that the livestock industry faces significant challenges on many of these social issues. Some are real, and some are based on misperception, emotion, misinformation or lack of information on the part of the consumer and decision makers. It’s time for livestock feed …

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Shear Joy!

By David Thacker, Show & Tell Guest Writer I grew up in a family that has sheared sheep since my great grandfather. My grandpa used to drive around after church on Sundays with his three daughters and three sons and stop at farms with sheep to ask if they needed sheared. Naturally, all three boys sheared sheep growing up, as did their sons and I. My uncle Matt sheared around 15,000 head a year when I was old enough to join him all over Indiana and surrounding states to watch, help and learn. I would attempt to catch sheep for him, …

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Valuable Minerals In Brewer’s Yeast

By Dr. Angela Mays, PhD Similar to the vitamins already discussed in Show & Tell’s Brewer’s Yeast series, brewer’s yeast is also a natural source of minerals. Unlike vitamins, which are considered organic in that they are made by plants and animals, minerals are considered inorganic. Minerals are also separated into two categories; macro and trace. Macrominerals are needed in larger amounts versus trace minerals, which are only required in small amounts. Brewer’s yeast is a source of calcium, phosphorus and potassium, all of which are considered macrominerals. Trace minerals found in Emmert’s brewer’s yeast include copper, zinc and selenium. …

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If You Eat, You’re A Part Of Agriculture

By Alex Ailshie You need a doctor when you are sick or injured. You need a mechanic when your vehicle is inoperable. You need a plumber to fix a leaky faucet. All of these are noble and worthwhile professions that meet the needs of people when they arise. But there is one group of people you need every day, three times a day – the American farmer. I believe the above is a good illustration of how important animal and production agriculture is to every human on this planet. There has been a growing trend of criticism and scorn of …

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EIEIO: Christmas Break Learning

By Dr. Angela Mays, PhD Looking to keep your kids busy over the Christmas break? This month’s EIEIO features kid-friendly agriculture and animal-related links that can help! Animal Smart is brought to you by the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) that was featured in last month’s EIEIO post. This program was put together by people passionate about agriculture, hoping to educate and enlighten future generations. The ASAS also developed an animal education magazine and program that focuses on children; the Junior Animal Scientist. The program is great for children ages 5-12 who are interested in learning about a variety …

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The Importance Of B Vitamins

By Dr. Angela Mays, PhD Brewer’s yeast is a natural source of high-quality protein, minerals and vitamins, specifically the B vitamins. As a natural source of B vitamins, brewer’s yeast is often supplemented in human and animal diets. Since The F.L. Emmert Company uses brewer’s yeast in all of our products, B vitamins are naturally available to all livestock and pets consuming them. What’s so important about B vitamins? B vitamins are important in cell metabolism, such as the breakdown of carbohydrates. They provide the body with energy from the food that was eaten. By breaking down carbohydrates into glucose, …

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