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Ways to Show your Livestock you Love Them!

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner and while we humans are searching for the perfect way to tell our family and friends how much we love them, it’s also important for our animals to know we care. There are things you can do to make sure your animals know how much you love them.

  1. Feed them nutritious and delicious food! The importance of an animal’s diet can never be overlooked. Your animals won’t appreciate (or tolerate) a box of chocolates, but you can show them you love them with food. Feedex Organic Livestock Feed helps you keep your animals healthy and happy. Our delicious Organic Cattle Feed, Organic Horse Feed, Organic Goat Feed, Organic Poultry Feed and Organic Fish Feed are made using our unique horizontal steam conditioning process which produces steam-flaked grains with a higher starch yield. This helps your animals keep their weight up, so they are well-fed and happy.
  2. Maintain your herd health! When you have a veterinarian come to check on a sick animal, make sure precautions are taken to prevent the spread of disease from one farm to another. Proper nutrition also plays a large part in herd health.
  3. Make home sweet home, sweet. Animals can become stressed when handled or restrained. It’s best to acclimate animals early to being handled. This way, when they need care, they aren’t as stressed by the situation. Sometimes living conditions can make an animal stressed as well. Be sure to follow guidelines on proper design for corrals and pens. Don’t overcrowd corrals and make sure animals have access to fresh air. Be sure to keep pastures clear of mud puddles where pathogens can grow. Provide adequate shelter for your animals to protect them from the weather and from predators.

While you won’t be sending flowers to your animals on Valentine’s Day, they know you appreciate them when you make taking care of their basic needs high on your priority list.

Why organic livestock feed is better than GMO

Why is Organic Livestock Feed Better than GMO?

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Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs, are frequently in the news, but many of us don’t actually understand what a GMO is, much less what it means in relation to organic livestock feed. The World Health Organization defines GMOs as “organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally.” Examples of these alterations include:

  • Transferring of genes from related and/or totally unrelated organisms.
  • Modifying information in a gene (“gene editing”).
  • Moving, deleting, or multiplying genes within a living organism.
  • Splicing together pieces of existing genes, or constructing new ones.

These alterations are made for a variety of reasons but most often, are made to make a crop resistant to insects or more tolerant to herbicides. The DNA contained in organisms is interconnected and many believe that by altering genes, scientists have opened up the food cycle to a plethora of potential hazards including:

  • Food that is toxic, allergenic or simply less nutritious than natural food.
  • Creation of herbicide-resistant “superweeds”—the opposite effect of what is intended.
  • Negative effects on the soil and most importantly, biodiversity.

The GMO process is vastly different than more natural ways of breeding. For instance, when two types of wheat are hybridized, they create a naturally occurring blend of characteristics. The GMO process, by contrast, takes two genetically dissimilar organisms (think a tomato and a fish) and splices DNA from each to create a GMO crop. GMO crops, cross-pollinating with natural crops can create a horizontal gene transfer which can create a weaker, sicklier crop.

We believe simply, organic, non-GMO organisms create more nutritious, and more sustainable crops and we believe organic livestock feed is a better way to feed animals—and ourselves. Feedex is committed to creating nutritious, delicious, and organic livestock feed for animals in Kansas and around the country. As the organic food industry continues to change, we will remain dedicated to blending quality, organic livestock feed.

 

Winter Care for Horses

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Horse Health: Wellness Tips for the Winter Months

Outdoor life for horses can be comfortable year round if the necessary precautions are taken. Requirements for winter wellness include feed modifications, ice and mud management, and shelter from the elements.

Your horse should be fed 2% of his body weight per day to maintain a healthy body temperature, but more athletic animals may require more. Likewise, pregnant mares could require up to 3% of their body weight. When it comes to feed, organic livestock feed can help your horse maintain essential calorie levels and much-needed fiber throughout the winter.

Fiber digestion is what keeps your horse warm in the winter months. If you find that winter is shaping up to be especially cold, you may need to manage more feedings. However, it is important to balance their diet with sufficient amounts of water. This will help keep your horse from getting impacted. Horses prefer to drink water that is slightly warm so be sure to check their water source for ice at least twice daily.

Winter Care Details

If you intend on riding your horse in the colder months, plan accordingly. Additional care is required before and after rides in the cold. It is important to take time to fully dry your horse’s coat if they sweat during winter rides. Likewise, regularly trimming thick winter coats helps reduce the possibility of trapped moisture.

After invigorating winter rides remember to also check your horse’s hooves as hidden ice chunks can become problematic. These chucks may cause your horse to walk like he is on high heels which is not good for his tendons, ligaments, or muscles. Additionally, a keen eye should also look for small lacerations caused by these frozen chunks.

After ice melts, mud can develop. Mud should be removed from your horse’s legs as soon as possible as it can cause fungal and bacterial infections. If an infection occurs, it will be necessary to remove your horse from the muddy environment. A clean, sheltered area is essential to your horse’s health in the winter. The best protection for horses in the cold is a spacious three sided constructed dwelling.

Learn More About Organic Livestock Feed

Feedex organic livestock feed is specifically blended. It provides the best nutrients, vitamins and minerals for your animals. Our special blends are made with steam-flaked oats, corns, soybeans and barley. Feedex organic animal feed consists of high levels of fat, protein, fiber and starch content to assure your animals gain more weight per pound of food.

For more information regarding organic livestock feed, please contact the professionals of Feedex Companies.

Are Your Animals Ready for Winter?

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Feed Matters: Organic Goes a Long Way in the Cold

Winter weather is fast approaching. Without the appropriate measures, the cold can be life-threatening to animals. Taking precautions early can make all the difference to livestock.

Animals use more energy in the cold. Therefore, organic livestock feed is crucial to an animal’s health in the winter months. In addition, supplemental meals help to maintain adequate body temperatures, healthy weights, and strong immune systems.

Furthermore, every animal must get an opportunity to eat. This will help them thrive in the colder weather. Consequently, consider replacing bale or ground feeding with individual feeding schedules. Your flock will benefit from this specialized attention.

Feedex Helps Your Animals Thrive in Winter

The first step is supplying your livestock with all-natural, organic feed in the colder months. Equally important is providing warm shelter and fresh water to assure your animals greet the spring in good health.

Learn More About Organic Livestock Feed

Feedex organic livestock feed is specifically blended. It provides the best nutrients, vitamins and minerals for your animals. Our special blends are made with steam-flaked oats, corns, soybeans and barley. Feedex organic animal feed consists of high levels of fat, protein, fiber and starch content to assure your animals gain more weight per pound of food.

For more information regarding organic livestock feed, please contact the professionals of Feedex Companies.

Goat Feeding Tips – Organic Livestock Feed

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Goat Feeding Tips-Organic Livestock Feed-FeedexGoats are fun animals that are a bit on the eccentric side. Whether being bred for dairy or meat, goats require a balanced diet of the right vitamins and minerals. Goats have a very eclectic food menu and love to forage. Adding premium organic livestock feed to the mix helps your goats grow strong and healthy! There are several ways goats get the nourishment they need.

Organic Livestock Feed for Healthier Goats

Range
Goats are browsers that will eat just about anything that grows from the soil. This is why they are so good at clearing away overgrown spaces. Goats love grass, young trees, tough shrubs, and just about everything else.

Hay
When they are not feeding range, goats are usually feeding on hay. Hay is a staple of a goat’s diet, and they usually require two to four pounds a day. Dairy goats greatly benefit from the protein, vitamins and minerals found in alfalfa hay. Hay also helps with digestive health since it is so rich in fiber.

Chaffhaye
Chaffhaye is a mixture of alfalfa (or grass), molasses and bacillus subtillis. It can be used as a hay substitute, and contains a higher density of nutrients.

Grain Feed
Organic goat feed is a tremendous addition to a goat’s diet. It consists of steam flaked organic corn, barely, wheat middling, and rice bran. Feedex organic livestock feed for goats also contains beneficial amounts of Vitamin A, Protein, Fiber and Calcium.

Kitchen Scraps and Garden Snacks
Don’t overdo it, but goats love raisins, corn chips, bread and basic garden compost. Mix in some of these treats every now and then to give your goats a little something special!

For more information on goat feeding tips and organic livestock feed, please contact the experts of Feedex Companies. We are the only organic livestock feed manufacturers in the Midwest who steam-flake our grains. Our organic goat feed is USDA certified and 100% organic, which assures only the very best ingredients are used for your animals.