Spicing Up Animal Nutrition with Phytogenics

We just started a trial with Delacon USA, a division of Delacon Biotechnik. Delacon is a phytogenic feed company.  According to Delacon, “Phytogenics are standardized mixtures of herbs, spices, other plants, and their extracts with proven efficacy” (www.delacon.com/us).  Here at SVR we have a background in animal science research, which fuels our passion for animal agriculture.  Within the past year, we built a facility dedicated to conducting trials right here on the farm.  For this project, we are using 20 lambs that will be offered a finishing diet with and without Actifor Power for 90 days.  What is Actifor Power? It is a phytogenic that has been proven to reduce acidosis and improve performance.  However, what impact does it have on the immune system and carcass quality?  Stay tuned, we will find out.

Jamming It Up!

After checking cattle and doing chores, we picked strawberries on the farm and made jam. We have 30 jars of jam so far. We will also put some in the freezer for smoothies and strawberry lemonade.

Savannah on the Farm

We have started clearing an old savannah as a conservation practice. A long time ago, fire and large game animals would have kept this patch of woods more open. It would have had more grasses, and trees would not have been as dense. By opening it back up, it will allow native grasses to grow and provide the oaks and hickories to grow larger.

Is winter ever going to end?

We choose this time of year to calve because the green spring grass is usually beginning to grow pretty good by the first week of April. This gives the cows extra energy and nutrition for the milk they are producing for their calves. Unfortunately, this year we are still feeding hay, as are most farmers around us. This year has proven to us again how important it is to stockpile extra hay and/or grass from the previous summer. So, we are continuing to feed hay this spring as we are tagging calves.