Feed Forum



Heat Stress in Cattle

By Shannon Voegele, Nutritional Consultant

The past couple weeks have given us a dose of hot humid weather.  It’s important to recognize the signs of heat stress in cattle.  

Some signs of heat stress include:

  • Restlessness
  • Elevated Breathing Rate
  • Excessive drooling or foaming
  • Head down
  • Grouping up in the early stages of heat stress and separation from the group in late stages

There may also be signs of heat stress that may not be seen right away.  If cattle are in the early stages of gestation, heat stress could result in embryonic death.  

Here are some tips to keep your cattle cool and comfortable:

  • Avoid handling and processing cattle.  If you do need to work them, do so in the early morning hours.  
  • Provide additional water.  Check to make sure the water is fresh and clean. 
  • Watch cattle for abnormal behavior.
  • Provide shade.
  • Provide good ventilation.  

Remember to keep yourself cool and hydrated too.  Your family and farm operation need you have a safe and healthy summer! 




Creep Feeding

By Tyler McCoy, Feed Department Manager

Due to the lack of moisture the last couple of summers our pastures have really been hit hard, which is less than ideal for cow calf pair producers. Luckily, we have had some good rain recently and the pastures are starting to come back around. High weaning weight is the name of the game now and there are many different options to achieve that goal. First, you can calve earlier or delay sales to sell older heavier calves. You can also change genetics to produce more large-framed calves, but with that you could see larger birth weights, and larger cows results in larger feed inputs. Below is a list of different options to help increase weaning weights and an average of the increase to be expected.

Implanting + 20 pounds

Worming program + 20 pounds

Feed-through fly control + 14 pounds

Creep feeding + 50 to 90 pounds

While we provide all these options to help increase weight gain, creep feeding provides more benefits than just weight gain. The cows will stay in better condition with the supplement of creep, pastures are more productive with calves feeding on creep, and it also teaches calves how to eat out of a bunk. Creep feed is very effective in low forage conditions as it meets calves’ requirements when milk and grass production are low. We provide creep feed out of all our feed locations, so please call to place an order.




Time to Catch the "Buzz" on Fly Control

By Shannon Voegele, Nutritional Consultant

Flies can cause many implications to the bottom line. They can affect weaning weights and milk production. They can also pass diseases such as pink eye and rhinotracheitis. These blood-sucking flies feed up to 20 to 30 times per day. This constant biting causes cattle pain and stress, and can reduce the cattle’s weight gains by as much as 20 pounds. The life cycle of a face fly is approximately 21 days. Populations tend to peak in late summer.

Did you know that CFC offers several different products for fly control? Our most popular are Garlic and ClariFly. Both of these products come in tubs or loose mineral. Along with these products there are several other pest management approaches you can use such as fly tags, back rubs, oilers, sprays and general housekeeping measures. It is best to rotate practices because flies can become resistant to certain products. Give us a shout if we can help you keep your profits from “flying” out the door this summer.




Are you thinking about creep feeding?
Call a Nutritional Consultant or Location Manager for pricing and availability today.

Keep our feedlot programs in mind once you wean your calves.
Call a Nutritional Consultant or Location Manager for details.

Central Farmers Cooperative is dedicated to serving our patrons.
Please call the location nearest you to find out how one of our professional staff members can help you.


 Feed Staff

Tyler McCoy
Department Manager
Cell: 605-421-0872

Brooke Brunsvig
Beef Consultant
Cell: 605-480-4147  


Shannon Voegele
Nutritional Consultant
Cell: 605-750-0207