Enduring Tough Times

Posted on October 23, 2017

As we all know in this economy and in farming, surviving takes constant effort, hard work and redirection to ensure we are keeping up with changes and industry turns.  Each year of my last fifteen years at AgVenture has presented one challenge or another in our industry, with our customers and with our business.  We’ve seen low milk and beef prices, high commodity prices, poor crops, wet or dry weather conditions, and personal tragedies within our families and friends that derail us more than any other factor.  I’ve concluded through observation and the wise words of many front counter conversations that the trick is to keep going, to hold on until things get better and to be brave enough to move forward in the midst of uncertainty. Here are a few quick reminders for enduring when times are tough and our hope starts to fade:

1.      No Matter What, There is Always Hope

Hope is one constant that is always available. At the beginning of my late husband’s cancer journey fifteen years ago, a nurse came into the room to do her daily rounds.  In the midst of a casual conversation, she turned to me and said “Someday you will get your life back!”.  These words didn’t resonate at the time and yet they stuck in my mind.  Now, many years later, the words make complete sense. It may not have been the life I planned in my younger days and far greater than I could ever imagined in many ways.  The journey has been very difficult at times and, every now and then, memories of the tragedy still haunt.  That being said, hope provides an outlet for the future.

2.      It’s All About People

The greatest “things” in my life are not things.  They are life experiences, the greater powers that guide us, and they are people.  They are family, friends, wonderful employees, and customers whom we have all come to know as friends. I am humbled and privileged to be a part of a local community and a business team that has allowed mistakes, latitude to pick up the pieces and compassion to know that we are all in this together.

3.      Embracing the Real Picture

Although we cannot predict the future, we know that most years will bring challenges as well as opportunities.  The market conditions are real. We know that we need to shift our management, decision-making and our daily routines accordingly. Perhaps our promise is in our commitment to do our best, work hard as a team with each other to support each other, find new ways to do business together, and to do our part to take care of our community and the people in our lives who also take care of us. 

4.      Reaching Out For Support

Our pride as well as our desire to not bother anyone with our woes often creates a situation that is more dismal than necessary. In these challenging times in agribusiness, look to the people in your life for support. Be brave in reaching out to others to gain support, lend a listening ear and to be a friend.

At AgVenture, one of our greatest passions is being the support arm for our customers, farms and community. Please reach out to us, we are here to make the world of agribusiness a dynamic yet personal experience for everyone. Our phone lines are always open at 320-764-9910.


Feeding Show Winners

Posted on May 04, 2017

bannersWith the weather warming up and school just about to finish, so many youth are thinking about their animals that they will take to the fair. At AgVenture, we have products that will help to accomplish the goals you may have during the show season. Here are some tips on how to feed your animals this show season.

An important start in any feed ration is to make sure that there is access to fresh and clean water at all times. Water is important to make sure feed intake is adequate and also so that the animal is healthy and active.

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  • Grains and Concentrates: An animal that is gaining weight at a moderate rate (two to three lbs. per head per day) needs about 1.5 percent of their body weight in grains and concentrates per day to provide the required energy to support those gains. Rapidly growing cattle (3 lbs +), such as steers and bulls can be safely fed up to 2.0-2.25 percent of their weight in grain and concentrate mixes. Very high grain diets (over 2.75 percent of body weight) can be detrimental for hair growth and can cause digestive upsets if not very carefully monitored. Corn, oats, barley, and sometimes milo and wheat are the main energy sources. Corn and oats are the most widely used in show diets and are normally processed in some way. Corn is normally cracked, crimped or steam rolled. Oats are normally crimped or steam rolled but can be fed whole. Oats are thought to be very useful because they carry a combination of protein, energy (from starch) and fiber. They provide for excellent animal growth with out the deposition excessive amounts of fat. Barley is similar to oats in that it also carries a combination of protein, energy and fiber but WILL tend to deposit fat more readily.

 

  • Proteins: Soybean meal and cottonseed meal are the most commonly used protein sources. Other protein sources include corn gluten feed, corn gluten meal, linseed meal, canola meal and sunflower meal. Alfalfa meal or alfalfa pellets are also commonly used sources of protein in show cattle feeds. Commercial protein supplements are also common in commercial feeds and will typically carry minerals, vitamins and possibly medications or other additives. In most cases, natural protein sources are preferred over those containing non-protein nitrogen such as urea or biuret for show cattle mixes although these ingredients are fine if used carefully.

 

  • Minerals: The minerals needed include calcium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium. Show steers rarely need phosphorus but an added calcium source should be considered. A suitable calcium source is feed-grade limestone. Remember that a minimum calcium to phosphorus ratio is 1.2:1 but 2:1 or 3:1 are preferable. The higher ratios might be needed when feeding fat sources such as vegetable oil (fat can interfere with calcium absorption). Trace minerals need to be added to balance this portion of the ration and organic sources are often quite useful.

 

  • Vitamins: The major vitamin requirement in the feed is for Vitamin A. Normally vitamin supplements are provided in a vitamin A-D-E complex. Using high quality feeds can reduce some of the concern about the other vitamins. Make sure that cattle receive 20,000 to 30,000 international units (IU) of vitamin A per head daily. Vitamin D is not a critical since cattle which are exposed to sunlight manufacture most of the needed Vitamin D in their skin. Vitamin E is becoming more popular since it appears to have significant benefits on hair coat quality and overall animal health. Finally, it is often beneficial to add B-Vitamins to show cattle feeds especially when feeding of grains is at a very high level and roughage intake is minimized to promote rapid gains.

 

  • Molasses and other additives: Many rations will contain molasses. Molasses or a molasses blend added at 6 to 10 percent of the feed may be added to increase the palatability of a ration and reduce dust problems.

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  • Find a feed that helps to add muscling, leaness, and weight to your animal

Goats

  • The most important parts of a ration include protein, energy, vitamins, and minerals. It is important to make sure that your animal is on the correct ration, so make sure you work with a nutritionist to ensure the best results.
  • Give each goat a "softball" sized amount of a mixed alfalfa-grass hay per day (make sure it is soft and not stemmy). Goats are a ruminant animal, so they need some long-stem fiber/roughage in their diet. More market goats are ruined by feeding too much hay than almost any other condition. Too much hay will give them a "hay belly". Do not let your goats eat pasture or grass in the yard! Giving pasture or grass to a market goats is the same as too much hay.

Sheep

  • It is of upmost importance to maintain rumen health and function. Feeding grain- based diets without providing sufficient roughage in the lamb’s diet can lead to unintended consequences.
  • At minimum, each lamb should receive a double handful, or about ¼ lbs. (4 ounces) of a good-quality alfalfa hay per day. Although progressive judges are selecting lambs with more base width, rib shape, and deeper fore rib, we still want lambs that are relatively tubular in their design. That means a lamb with an excessive middle usually will not be placed high in class.
  • It is also important to feed a quality alfalfa with a minimum 1 ½ to 2 inches of fiber length. Feeding alfalfa pellets or ground hay does not have the effective neutral detergent fiber (NDF) needed for rumen health.

 

At AgVenture, we carry Show Day Feeds available from Form-A-Feed and Show-Rite feed available from Hubbard. Stop by our store to learn more about these products and how you can feed your animal for the show!

 

 

 

 


Take Control of Flies

Posted on March 28, 2017

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Now that most of the snow has melted and the temperatures are rising, warm weather and summer will be here before you know it. I can only speak for myself when I say that some of my least favorite things to deal with during the warmer months are flies. According to the University of Nebraska, the economic impact of flies in the United States is greater than one billion dollars per year. Flies can bring on several issues including irritation, blood loss, decreased grazing efficiency, reduced weight gains, and lower milk production for lactating cows. Additionally, flies can play a role in the spread of summer mastitis.

Different ways to treat flies can include some of the following…

  • Backrubbers and dust bags
  • Animal Sprays, oilers and pour on products
  • Insecticide tags and strips
  • Oral larvicides

With fly season quickly approaching, a good way to start a fly preventative program on your farm would include sanitizing, cleaning up wasted feed, and cleaning out old manure near your cattle. These are the grounds for fly breeding and development.

At AgVenture, we have several options for you to take control of flies on your farm. The first is a lick tub which has added mineral in it, so it is ideal for cows or horses on pasture.  We also have larvicide premixes available to add to your feed supplements to prevent the development of horn flies, face flies, house flies and stable flies in the manure of treated cattle, house flies in thein the manure of treated swine and stable flies and the manure of treated horses.

Additionally, we also carry a multitude of sprays and pour on products that can be used for any type of cattle.

If you have any questions about the products we carry, please reach out to a nutritionist or a member of our staff. We strive to make sure that you and your animals are taken care of in the best way possible.


Top Considerations When Choosing Your Feed Supplier

Posted on February 13, 2017

At AgVenture, we focus on providing exceptional value in farm management practices and service to our customers. We are often asked why a customer should choose to work with AgVenture instead of another feed supplier. The answer is multi-layered with many considerations to keep in mind. Let’s take a look at the key considerations in selecting this important team player for your farm.

  1. Are you receiving the service you require and deserve for your farm’s success?Agventure store front

At AgVenture, we our role as a team player in all areas of farm management, We set our goals to deliver a superior service to assist our customers in realizing improvements in all areas of their farming enterprise. However, not all companies have the same goal. Many customers tell us that they rarely have any representative or nutritionist on their farm. This lack of presence can lead to many gaps in nutrition for your animals, poor performance, herd health challenges as well as many other underlying factors. A constant and present support is essential to optimal financial and farm success.

  1. Are you being told the complete truth?

Sadly, we have performed many farm audits where we discover that the nutritional supplements farmers were told they were receiving lack the necessary components for herd health. Often, the feed is sold at a low cost – only to the demise of herd health in the forms of lower milk production, breeding issues, hoof challenges and sick livestock. In some cases, we come onto farms where the former supplier told the farm owner they were feeding one feeding rate to actually finding out the automatic feeders were set to feed more than they were supposed to.  This mistruth costed the farm hundreds of dollars more per day to feed their herd and, even more, the farm had placed their complete trust that their supplier had the best interests of the farm in mind. At AgVenture, we have a strong company value to operate with integrity and to the best interest of the farm’s success – in every situation.

  1. Are you, your farm and the farm’s success at the top of the priority structure?

Your animals and the success of your farm should be the number one priority for your feed supplier. Some companies push products for the sake of more sales and more money. Optimal health and results while keeping your financial success in mind is our first priority.  At AgVenture, we represent multiple brands and are focused on matching the right products and services to your farm. We discuss multiple products with you to find the one that will work best. We are only successful if our farms are successful. Working together to reach higher goals in production and profitability is our passion.

  1. Are your animals receiving the proper nutrition?

There is a fine balancing act that is at play on every successful farm operation. AgVenture understands that efficiencies in operation and keeping costs low are always a top goal. However, too many farms are sold on buying feed at a lower cost with the promise that their animals are receiving all of the nutritional components needed for peak performance. We all understand that every feed supplier needs to remain competitive in the market. At AgVenture, we understand the markets and where pricing needs to be. We perform direct comparisons of competitive companies as a service offering and will give you an honest assessment of the nutritional differences. Many Farm owners are promised that they are buying an “apples-to-apples” feed program. They then realize they are being sold cheaper feed due to key missing ingredients which places the welfare and health of their herd at risk for disease, poor performance and, in many cases, higher death loss.

  1. Do you have more than one set of eyes watching your farm?

AgVenture has always believed that a farm needs a team of support – not just one outside support person overseeing your farm operations. Too many times, that one person model of service causes gaps. Consistent presence on your farm is necessary to ensure changes in forages are managed correctly, herd health issues are caught at the onset or prevented altogether, nutrition changes are made in a timely manner and the entire farm operation is managed to optimal levels. One little glitch can cause a farm to go from profitable to break even or, worse yet, an unprofitable operating budget. The team approach is a key ingredient – don’t settle for less.

Below are some of the on-farm services we are currently providing to farms and would love to partner with you on your farm;

  • Scheduled walk-throughs of your facility in which we monitor the following areas;

     

     

    • Overall farm status
    • Animal health
    • Equipment concerns
    • Employee practices
    • Stress-free management
    • Direct communication to employees/contracted raisers on what is going good as well as areas of improvement
    • Forage management including pulling samples for further testing
    • Pen management
    • Selling and restocking of livestock
    • Future planning – growth opportunities & improvement strategies
    • Operation expansion – link to find new facilities and new custom raisers 
    • Communication link between your nutritionist and your farm

You and your farm deserve this support network. This service is our passion and joy.

To discover the difference that AgVenture and their deep team of resources will do for you, please call us at 320-764-9910 or email us at info@agventurefeeds.com. We will perform a no-obligations assessment of your farm operations. Discover what the team and the AgVenture difference can do for you and your farm.

 


What to Feed in the Winter

Posted on January 01, 2017

Staying warm in the cold, requires more energy from the animal. Supplementing your nutrition ration for energy lost due to the cold weather can be effective for your animals. Here are some ways that you can get more rate of gain from your animals.

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It is important to make sure you have an adequate amount of forages to feed your cattle. Better quality hay has more nutrients so it will allow for less hay to be fed. According to Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension animal scientist, “Consequently, forage intake increases. For example, low-quality forages (below about 6% crude protein) will be consumed at about 1.5% of body weight (on a dry matter basis) per day. Higher-quality grass hays (above 8% crude protein) may be consumed at about 2.0% of body weight. Excellent forages, such as good alfalfa, silages, or green pasture may be consumed at the rate of 2.5% dry matter of body weight per day. The combination of increased nutrient content AND increased forage intake makes high quality forage very valuable to the animal and the producer. With these intake estimates, now producers can calculate the estimated amounts of hay that need to be available”. When calculating the amount of hay needed, it is also important to figure in hay wastage. According to Selk, approximately 15% will be wasted when fed in large round bales.
 

Formulating Dairy Rations

According to Stephanie Holly from Off the Press News, an estimate for the amount of feed a cow requires is 2 pounds of dry matter for every 100 pounds of body weight. Since cows may require up to 20 percent more feed during cold weather in order to maintain condition and ward off illness, the amount of feed you will need for your livestock may vary greatly. The amount of feed needed for your cows will also depend on the climate, the location of your farm, and the location of your animals. The more bedding and housing that your cows have access to, the less energy and feed you may need.

 

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Growing calves have some of the highest nutrient requirement of any animal on the farm, making sure that these animals have quality feed is a must. Good forage is a good base to make sure that these animals are nutritionally sound; some grain should be included in the ration to increase the energy concentration of the diet. A protein supplement may be necessary if inadequate protein is available in the ration. Vitamins and mineral supplements should also be included in the ration. It is recommended to mix these in the ration instead of giving the calves free choice of the supplements because free choice is the least effective of methods.

Cows in good body condition can be fed poorer quality hay or a straw-grain ration for most of the gestation period. This program could provide significant savings over the winter feeding period in order to provide more protein and fats as a form of energy.  Mixing straw with medium quality hay, grain and in some situations, a protein supplement to provide a balanced ration is possible. To stay healthy, a cow requires two main dietary components: roughage and protein. Both components can be met with a good quality grass during warm weather months, but high-producing dairy cows may require more protein, such as alfalfa, mixed grass-legume pasture, or a protein supplement. In addition to roughage and protein, cows will need salt and minerals, which can be easily supplied in a salt lick. During periods of growth or high stress, a small amount of grain can be fed for additional energy.

 

  • The first limiting nutrient in a ration is the one that determines overall growth or production of an animal. It is of little use to supply any additional nutrient to a ration until the deficiency in the first limiting nutrient is resolved. If the problem is not clear, get assistance to help solve the problem. In many cases, energy is the first limiting nutrient in a ration.
  • Roughage quality affects the needs for supplemental energy and protein. Immature forages typically contain more energy and protein than over-mature forage. Timing of cutting has a larger effect on forage quality than variety.
  • In cold weather, for every 5°C below -20°C, increase the grain by about 2.2 lb over and above the levels the animals normally receive.
  • Hay or silage in poor condition (moldy, heat damaged or rained damaged prior to harvest) reduces quality. Any form of spoilage reduces energy and protein content in the feed. If the forage has heated and smells like tobacco or is brown to dark brown, an Acid Detergent Insoluble Nitrogen (ADIN) test is required to determine the amount of protein that is tied to the fiber and is not available to the animal. In some situations, extra protein may be needed to meet animal requirements. If feeding damaged feeds, seek help to balance the rations.
  • Greenfeed and cereal silage are normally lower in protein than an alfalfa grass hay or silage. Most growing rations based on greenfeed or cereal silage require supplemental protein.
  • High quality legume forages, if consumed at adequate levels, can supply adequate energy and protein in a growing ration to achieve gains in excess of 1.1 lb per day, without supplemental grain.
  • Grass hay is usually lower in energy and protein than mixed legume grass hay. It is usually necessary to feed grain and a protein supplement with grass hay.
  • Grains high in protein (wheat, peas, lentils, chick peas) will reduce the need for a protein supplement. These high protein grains are also high energy feed and will be digested rapidly. There are limits to the amount that can be fed.

For more information on feeding in the winter, here are some more informational links. 


Have you considered Hydro-Lac?

Posted on December 01, 2016

img_0283Hydro-Lac is a great supplement that you can add to your cattle for periods of high stress. It is a common addition to any feed ration during the warm months to ensure that ruminants are staying hydrated.  Not only can Hydro-Lac be used during heat stress, it can also be used for marketing beef cattle, high production in lactating dairy cattle, health challenges, transporting, or preparing ruminants for the show ring. Hydro-Lac’s unique formula of sugars, electrolytes, and essential nutrients aid performance and profitability.

A common use for Hydro-Lac is for pre-shipping management of beef or dairy steers. Adding one pound per head daily two days before shipping can increase your profitability margin by increasing  pounds sold by an additional 6-10lbs carcass weight and 10-15lbs live weight. Additionally, Hydro-Lac can reduce shrink loss from 10%-3% in beef cattle. Research has proven that Hydro-Lac can improve meat quality 8-11%.  This product can help with the preservation of marbling and maintenance of quality grade, and enhance the opportunity for grid premiums. Hydro-Lac is also proven to preserve muscle glycogen, which reduces the risk of dark cutters. Dark cutting beef is firm, dry, tough, poor quality, darker, off flavor, has a shorter storage life, and is not good for your bottom line.  In addition to meat quality, Hydro-Lac can also shorten the duration of winter dysentery is cattle. When the onset symptoms of dysentery occur, using Hydro-Lac can help to shorten the duration.

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Overall, Hydro-Lac is a great product to use throughout the year. This product minimizes dry matter intake losses resulting in more profitability and rate of gain. Using this product can bring back consistent return on investment of 4:1. Not only would you as a producer love it, but the cattle love it too! Hydro-Lac’s unique formula is very palatable and will improve overall feed intake.

 

 

With all the benefits of Hydro-Lac listed, it’s hard not to love. If you are interested in using Hydro-Lac in your rations, talk to one of our nutritionists today. Give us a call at (320) 764-9910


VFD: What you need to know.

Posted on October 28, 2016

Jersey cow, updatedOver the course of history, the FDA has mandated what type of medications can be used for livestock and how that affects harvest. Now, the FDA has come up with the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) to mandate what can be administered to cattle. Enhancements for growth production and feed efficiency will start to be eliminated and any medication administered to cattle will need to be under supervision of your veterinarian. The VFD strives to ensure unnecessary medication of animals for production purposes.  Starting January 1, 2017, all medications administered in feed or water will need to be verified by a veterinarian.

A VFD can only be issued from a licensed veterinarian based on a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR). Information that is required to be on a VFD includes veterinarian contact information, animal information (location, where feed will be used, species, number of animals, etc.), and medication information (medication proscribed, indication for use, withdrawal period, expiration date, etc.).  

Three important facts to remember include

  1. A VFD written by a veterinarian is effective for up to six months.
  2. Veterinarians, feed suppliers, and producers must keep a copy of each VFD for two years.
  3. Extra label use of medicated feed additives has not been and will not be allowed.

 

sheepIn order to make a successful transition before 2017, it is suggested that you assign a VFD administration within your operation or feed mill to learn about the details of the VFD regulation. Be sure to establish a VCPR with your veterinarian to start reviewing your current list of medications and feed rations. With all of the new regulations, be sure to plan for the new additions of recording and filing for the VFD documentation. By taking to your veterinarian and following these steps, you can make the transition as easy as possible. 

For more information on VFD's, visit the FDA's site and Zoetis website


A Fall To-Do List on the Farm

Posted on September 23, 2016

As Fall approaches, the end of the harvest season nears. To prepare for next year’s harvest season, it’s important to stay organized and on top of your business. Here are a few other jobs to add to your “to-do” list before winter comes:

 

Soil Testing

It’s important to test your soil before winter comes to see which nutrients your pasture needs in order to deliver the most advantageous growing conditions for the upcoming harvest season.

 

Rotational Grazing

To build a good base of grass, have your farm on a rotation of at least every 30 days to build your pasture effectively. Pasture cover will build up by extending the grazing rotation, which will allow for clean growth in the final stages. If you are looking for a guide to rotational grazing, check out this guide from the US Department of Agriculture.

 

 

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Rest the Pasture

After rotational grazing, it is important to give the pasture time to recover for the grass to remain healthy and your farm to remain profitable. After 1-2 weeks of grazing, let the pasture rest for about 30 days. If your farm is overgrazed, give it a break for the rest of the year to replenish nutrients for the next harvest season.

 

Weed Control

Fall is also an excellent time to control perennial weeds with an herbicide. However, the ideal timing can vary depending on the type of plant and its life cycle. As temperatures decline, cool-season perennials can be treated such as dandelion and quackgrass. To effectively control these weeds, be sure that they have fully recovered from any drought, mowing, or summer harvests, and limit mowing to less than 4 times a year.

 

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Fertilize

Maintain healthy soil for the next harvest season by fertilizing the pasture in the Fall. A soil test will help you understand which nutrients to add or avoid to balance out the field and produce the best yields next year.

 

Inspect and Repair

Check all buildings, equipment, heaters, and gates to see if anything needs to be repaired. It can be much easier to make these repairs while the weather is still somewhat mild rather than waiting until the dead of winter. Also, it is a good idea to prepare all buildings for mice. As the weather starts to cool off, mice become attracted to warm areas and make their way from the fields to nearby buildings.

 

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Prepare for Cooler Weather

Fall is unpredictable, so make sure you have your machinery and equipment maintained and ready to go to take advantage of milder Fall weather. As temperatures start to decline and the wind begins to increase, livestock will need shelter. Tend to your animals’ needs and stock up on extra feed since livestock eat more in cold weather to maintain energy and warmth.

 

Be Careful

Be extra careful during fall harvest season. As the season begins to change, the amount of work and duties on the farm changes too. It’s important that farmers get plenty of rest and stay focused so mistakes can be prevented and avoided.

 

Fall is a very busy season for area farmers. Prepare your farm with help from Agventure. Visit our Knowledge center page for more Fall harvest tips or contact us for more information.

 

Agriculture At the Minnesota State Fair

Posted on August 19, 2016

It's that time of year again; The Minnesota State Fair is opening its gates! An important change in the State Fair over the years has been the attractions offered to all the visitors. The character of early fairs was mostly agricultural exhibits and competitions, reflecting its original purpose of farming in Minnesota. Today, you will find much more at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

 

Keeping with traditions old and new, the 2016 State Fair has it all. If you're looking to teach a little agriculture to your kids, take a trip to the fair. Put their brain to work with hands-on activities and shows. During the 12 days of the fair, there will be tons of opportunities for all ages to learn about life on the farm. Here is a list of some events offered at this year's Minnesota State Fair:

 

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Moo, Baa & Oink Booths

This is a great exhibit to show the farm-to-table experience. Here, you will meet a cow-calf pair, see machine milking up close and even get to hand-milk a cow. Going off the theme of the Moo Booth, the Oink Booth will feature the workings of a pig farm and the special care it takes. An added bonus of this booth is that visitors will get to see a sow and piglets up close!

 

Aisle of Breeds and EquiMania

These are two great exhibits for the horse enthusiast, showcasing the wide variety of breeds and types of horses. Covering topics like nutrition, behavior, careers, welfare, anatomy and much more, the Aisle of Breeds and EquiMania are perfect attractions for horse-lovers. Be sure to stop by and get all your questions answered by the horse owners themselves.

 

CHS Miracle of Birth Center

The birth of an animal is an amazing, one-of-a-kind experience for all ages. This exhibit features the birth of nearly 200 calves, lambs, goats and piglets during the 12 days of the fair. Showing the quality of life to all ages since 2001, this free exhibit is always a must-see.

 

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Hen House

This new exhibit brings with it a great experience about modern poultry housing designs. It also shows how farmers are using different egg production systems to produce a safer food for consumption. Anyone who enjoys good breakfast foods will find this exhibit interesting.

 

Little Farm Hands

Here is the chance for your little ones to know what it’s like to work on a farm. This exhibit has miniature barns, grain bins, and even a tractor yard. Little farm hands will help with chores like planting crops and tending to animals. With a new edition this year, the little farm hands will learn about pollution, honey bees, soil erosions, and many more other issues that affect our agriculture and environment.

 

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The Dirt

The name says it all; this exhibit focuses on a farmer’s main asset—the land. Discuss agricultural disease, growing crops, keeping honey bees, gardening, urban gardening and much more. Don’t miss out on the amazing speakers at this 12-day exhibit.  

 

Take a look at the Minnesota State Fair’s website for more details about these educational events and any new additions. Check out the See the Animals tab on the Minnesota State Fair website to know where and when animals will be on the fairgrounds throughout the 12 days of the fair.

 


Harvest Season Safety Tips

Posted on July 25, 2016

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When harvest season arrives again in Minnesota, hours upon hours of work will be spent in fields across the state. Farmers range from young to old, new to experienced, so it’s always a good idea to focuses on encouraging awareness of safe farm practices. Follow these tips for a healthy and safe harvest this year.

 

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Child Safety

Farms in Minnesota are mainly run by families, so children are typically doing their part to help the family business. Education is very important, so talk with children about safety before harvest starts.

  • Supervise children at all times while farm equipment is running in the area. Make sure farm equipment operators are also keeping a watchful eye out for children, because they aren’t always looking out for you

  • It’s important to give children age-appropriate tasks when including them in farm chores

  • Keeping equipment cleaned and in its proper place around the farm is important; this reduces the unnecessary hazards and prevents issues when children are outside

 

Farm Equipment Safety

Farm equipment is very powerful and also extremely dangerous. Farming accidents claim around 1,300 lives and cause 120,000 injuries a year in the United States. Sadly, many of them are also preventable. Follow some of these equipment tips to keep the farm safe this harvest:

  • Keep children away from farming equipment unless an experienced operator is present

  • Clean and inspect all farming equipment regularly

  • Remember to always stop the engine and wait for all moving parts to stop, before servicing, adjusting, cleaning, or unclogging equipment

  • Hitch loads to the drawbar only. When using three-point rear hitches, add front end weights to maintain stability and control steering


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During harvest season, road safety is a concern for everyone including rural drivers, passing farm machinery and the farm equipment operators themselves. Here are some tips to keep in mind to keep everyone safe:

  • Farm equipment typically drives around 25 MPH or less, so be prepared to take your time. Being in a rush creates unnecessary risk for yourself and other drivers

  • Keep a safe distance from other drivers. Not everyone realizes how difficult it is to maneuver, slow down, or stop in a large piece of farming equipment

  • Farm equipment requires wide turns. Be sure to use your blinkers or clear hand signals for turns and give surrounding drivers plenty of warning beforehand

  • Before you travel, make sure all lights and flashers are properly working and use them at all times while driving on any roadway

  • Use SMV’s or slow-moving vehicle emblems if farm equipment is traveling less than 30 MPH

 

The AgVenture Team wants to wish you all a safe and successful harvest this year. When it comes time to set up next year’s cropping plan, contact Agventure for all your needs.