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This week, we're changing up the topic of our blog—a lot. Typically, we talk about livestock nutrition and how our diverse lineup of products can improve your operation with their simplicity and efficiency. But I thought it essential to offer a different kind of support this week. 2020 has been a weird year for all of us: no live music, no shopping, no sports, and worst of all, no agriculture conventions. What's still unclear for many of us is coming upon us soon, going back to school. That's right, I said the s-word.

Reading and interpreting a feed analysis can be daunting with all the acronyms and abbreviations they use. But knowing how to read this document is important!

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body. It is arguably the most important mineral in the body because of its function in numerous body systems. Obviously, calcium plays a significant role in bone and teeth formation, but it also has a vital role in blood clotting, muscle contraction, milk secretion, hormone secretion, and numerous others.

As we head into spring and think about turning cows and calves onto pasture, we should also think about how to help those calves develop their digestive system. As most know, calves are born without a functioning rumen. In fact, they are technically born as a functional monogastric (single stomach). As the calf ages and begins eating solid foods, the rumen begins to develop and becomes a functioning organ.

Garlic is becoming an increasingly trendy ingredient in livestock feed due to its acclaimed ability to deter a number of pests. By reducing the insect load on an animal, you can significantly reduce the stress that hinders the animal’s performance. Aside from being an organic pesticide, there are other benefits that garlic can have when included in your livestock diets.