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Ag Notebook: Candy for cattle?

Patent issued for beneficial animal ‘candy’

A U.S. patent has been granted to a Kansas State University-developed “candy” that stimulates the growth, health and reproductive functions of cattle, bulls and other livestock.

Jim Drouillard, professor of animal sciences and industry, discovered a specific combination of molasses, oilseeds and oilseed extracts that when heated and evaporated, formed a substance that improves absorption of specific omega-3 fatty acids.

“It’s a free-choice type of supplement in a block form ­— sort of like a big, 250-pound piece of fancy for livestock,” Drouillard said. “It’s put in the pasture and the animals consume it whenever they want. The product’s physical characteristics restrict the animals to consuming less than a pound each day, making it a convenient and cost effective way to deliver essential nutrients.”

The substance contains desirable fats that elevate levels of specific omega-3 fatty acids in the bloodstream. The increases in omega-3 fatty acids can stimulate growth, improve immunity and enhance reproduction function and overall fertility in livestock that consume the supplement.

New Generation Feeds, a South Dakota-based company, has retained exclusive rights to the patented technology for use in its SmartLic brand of livestock supplements.

The process is used in making the company’s HorsLic supplement for equines and FlaxLic supplement for beef and dairy cattle.

— Kansas State University

Largest endowment in FFA history to impact thousands

A new endowment that has been established with the National FFA Foundation will allow thousands of future FFA members to attend the organization’s largest leadership development conference — free of charge.

Once active, the Glenn and Maggie Stith Leadership Development Fund Endowment could provide about $1,500 each for 110 eligible FFA members from throughout the country to attend the annual Washington Leadership Conference each year. The scholarship will be awarded to the National FFA Organization to cover the cost of each recipient to attend the conference and provide a stipend to cover travel, meals, lodging and other conference-related expenses.

Glenn Stith of Ankeny, Iowa, who grew up on a family farm in Kentucky and was an FFA member in high school, was vice president of U.S. Branded Business for Seeds, Biotech Traits and Chemistry and Global Lead of Seminis Vegetable Seeds at Monsanto for 35 years. After retiring in 2010, he was named senior associate at Context Network, a business management and strategy consulting firm providing services to global agriculture, biotechnology and food companies.

Stith and wife Maggie, a senior regional director at the National FFA Foundation, announced their gift today at the 2013 Washington Leadership Conference in Washington.

— National FFA Foundation

Pearson’s Livestock Equipment earns national recognition

Jack Johnston, former owner of Pearson’s Livestock Equipment of Thedford, Neb., this year was awarded a plaque by the Nebraska Small Business Association for honorable mention in the U.S. Small Business Administration from Nebraska’s Congressional 3rd District.

June 17-21 is National Small Business Week.

Each year all states select their choice to vie for national small business of the year, which will be announced June 21 in Washington.

Though not winning the state award, to receive honorable mention is pretty amazing in itself, so says the retired business owner. Pearson’s began in a ranch shop by Bud Pearson in 1962 when Bud made a self-catching headgate to allow him to process cattle by himself easier.

Bud and wife, Evelyn, moved and expanded the business in 1963 to the east edge of Thedford.

As of Jan. 10, Jack looks forward to retirement, as Pearson’s Inc. has been sold to new owners.

Jack and Gail in January completed the sale of the business.

— Terri Licking, Thedford, Neb.

10 Years Later, a Shelterbelt Proves to Be a Wise Investment

South Dakota’s harsh winters can be tough on a farm or ranch, and conservation improvements like a shelterbelt can help shield buildings, crops and livestock from the wind and snow.

Ken Mouw, a CEO-turned-farmer, has used a shelterbelt—a band of trees and shrubs — to protect his Elk Point, S.D. farm against rough weather over the past 10 years.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Union County Conservation District helped Mouw design the shelterbelt, consisting of trees and shrubs of different heights and densities that all work together to protect from the northern and western winds, keeping snow from collecting in his driveway during a snow storm.

Mouw’s L-shaped shelterbelt has seven rows populated with dogwood, maple, crabapple, hackberry, ash and cedar trees. One side is 660 feet long, and the other is 550.

The surrounding farming community is predominantly cropland, and Mouw’s shelterbelt serves as an oasis for a variety of wildlife, including deer, turkey, rabbit, squirrel and quail.

It also provides privacy and adds aesthetic value to his property.

— Natural Resources Conservation Service

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