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Perfecting Pullet Management

The first 18 weeks of a chick’s life is the most critical and will impact future production. Errors made during this time are difficult to overcome. During pullet development, their body is focusing on growing and building reserves for future laying. Low egg production and poor shell quality during lay can often be traced back to pullet development. Pullet management is essential for the success and profits of the future laying flock. The overall aim of pullet development is to reach a target body weight with high uniformity. Less than 85% uniformity will cause a decrease in egg production and peak production will be hard to maintain. Understanding developmental stages, maintaining brooder temperature, providing enough space, and providing fresh, balanced rations will help ensure the success of your future layer.

Preparing your Orchards

Growing peaches in the Northeast organically has presented a challenge to orchardists for years. Peaches, in my opinion, are the perfect example of what it means to farm organically. It is all about preventing a problem rather than reacting to one when it arrives. The trouble with growing peaches is that typically by the time you see an issue, it is already too late to fix it. Here at Fertrell we realize the hardships that growers are having with not just peaches but apples, stone fruits, and grapes as well and we’ve worked hard to figure out a complete program to give the farmer’s a fighting chance to produce these commodities organically.

Fertrell No-Soy Protein Crumbles

What are Non-Soy Protein Crumbles, and why would you need them? Here at Fertrell, we receive more and more requests for non-soy poultry and swine rations. Many of you would probably ask, “Why?”

Boron Matters

Healthy crop growth depends on the right balance of nutrients in soil. Soil needs macronutrients - nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, calcium, and magnesium - but they are only one piece of the puzzle. Just as important are micronutrients, such as iron, copper, zinc - and boron. It may be hard to imagine a nutrient found in such small quantity could be so impactful, however it is vital to many plant functions.

Natural Lawn Care

Here at Fertrell we have seen an increasing number of people looking to take a more natural approach to lawn care. From questions on lawn fertilizer to weed control, we’ve got all the answers you’re looking for!

Dry Cow Mineral

A little history lesson, years ago Fertrell offered a dry cow mineral. It was called Hi Phos 3 – 15. Some of you probably remember this mineral blend. For several reasons, Hi Phos 3 – 15 went away. It had ingredients that were frowned upon by some organic certifiers and it was expensive. Sales had dwindled to a level low enough to remove it from our product line.

After that, feeding dry cows went along prettywell until recently. As we are formulating dry cow rations these days, we see deficiencies and imbalances that will lead to calving problems. I am seeing way too much potassium in many of the forages that are being fed to dry cows. We are also seeing way too many mold and mycotoxins in the forage
test being reported. These trends in forages and feedstuffs for dry cows has driven us back to needing a dry cow specific mineral blend.

A blend that can buffer the antagonistic inputs, support better health and balance cations and anions in the dry cow’s metabolism. The new dry cow mineral contains Mono-Sodium Phosphate for the best phosphorus source available in the market. The Mono-Sodium Phosphate ensures that critically needed phosphorus enters into the blood stream to condition and support reproductive organs. Especially the ovaries and uterus during times of stress.

Fertrell Dry Cow mineral also contains magnesium sulfate to supply high quality magnesium and sulfur. Magnesium is essential during the dry period to buffer excess potassium, lignin and high fiber. Magnesium is an effective mild laxative to keep the digestive tract moving smoothly as well. It has been found very effective in the first segment of the small intestinal tract where blockages are fairly common leading to bloat and or displaced abomasum. We also included Redmond Conditioner to aid in managing molds and toxins that may be in the grains and forages being fed. We feel that molds and mycotoxins are becoming more common in forages. I am not sure if there are more in recent years or if we have

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Fertrell Liquid #3  2-3-1

From February 1 - 27, 2019 enjoy 10% off our Fertrell Liquid #3  2-3-1! All sizes!
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Purchase the Quart size of Liquid #3  2-3-1 from our e-commerce site! Use the code Feb10 at checkout for the discount!

Fertrell Liquid #3 2-3-1 is a combination of Liquid Kelp and Liquid Fish.  It is able to be used as a foliar spray or in your fertigation system without any issues of clogging.  Fertrell Liquid #3 is also a product that is great in any transplant solution. The Liquid Kelp is able to help a plant during periods of stress because the plant is able to uptake a hormone called a Plant Growth Regulator (PGR) which is a hormone that all plants create.  The Hormone has several significant benefits that all plants will thank you for. But why would you use this product?

Quality Stored Feed

As winter approaches, the switch to stored feeds begins. During this change, feed quality needs to be considered to maintain the health and production of your livestock. Your animals are relying on you to provide quality feeds to help them stay healthy and continue to meet performance expectations.

Pneumonia Treatment Tips

With fall and winter’s changeable weather, pneumonia season is here. Whether you are looking for a conventional pneumonia treatment program with vaccines or a more natural approach using homeopathic remedies, you have options for treating your herd.

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