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Introducing a new way to find your structural solutions

CS30FarmTek has been providing ClearSpan structures to farmers everywhere for decades. As the agricultural industry becomes more competitive with each passing year, the ability for farms to quickly obtain the supplies, tools and structures they need is essential to maintaining a strong business. Read more

Feeding Through Winter Part I: Purchased Feed

feeding through winterWhile working the land and raising livestock can bring you peace of mind, there is no doubt that farming introduces its share of stress. Raising livestock from birth is a fulfilling process that you can take pride in, but ensuring that your livestock are sheltered, protected from predators and properly fed takes time and plenty of consideration. This time of year especially, the thought of providing feed during the winter can dominate your mind’s landscape, and planning and preparing to have enough for the winter months can take up a large part of your work. Let us help you this winter. We have a few basic tips and solutions, as well as a wonderful alternative that will drastically reduce the amount of feed that you’ll have to store. Let’s cover the basics first though. Read more

Spotlight on Gary Knutson Farm: Hay Storage Solution

Gary Knutson Farm

For farmers who rely on hay to feed their livestock or to sell their supply to other farmers and local businesses, nothing is more important than preserving it in a dry area, free from the elements. Regardless of how hay is bundled, its nutritional value can be significantly compromised if exposed to damp environments. For Gary Knutson, owner of Gary Knutson Farm, outdoor hay storage was no longer a viable option. Read more

Selecting Hay for Livestock

Hay bales in the fieldFor many farmers, hay is important. Whether it is provided as the main feed source or used as a feed additive, selecting and feeding the proper hay is mandatory.  There are many ways to determine what hay is best suited for your livestock, and based on species, age and working requirement the ideal type of hay varies. In this blog, we will discuss the major factors you should take into consideration when choosing hay for your livestock. Read more

Protect Your Investment: A Guide to Hay and Forage Covers

Keeping livestock healthy is important for their wellbeing, as well as for the farm’s bottom line. That is why it’s so important to keep feed covered to prevent it from losing crucial nutrients or spoiling. Covering hay, silage and grain properly will keep moisture and rodents out, ensuring that livestock get clean, fresh feed year round. At FarmTek, we offer a variety of forage covers for any application or unique situation.

Why is covering forage important?

Covering livestock feed keeps it protected from the elements, and also keeps it from becoming too dry or too moist, depending on the season. During the winter, snow and ice can cause mold and bacteria to form on the feed, which is hazardous to the health of your animals. Forage covers also help prevent the spread of disease from rodents and other pests. Uncovered feed can lose its nutrients, and in some cases can cause animal refusal. Read more

Cow Tales from the Dairy Farm – Hay, How’s your Season Going?

Mowing hayKathy Benoit, a dairy farmer from our Connecticut office, returns as this week’s FarmTek Farmer.

Now that the corn successfully has grown “knee-high by the Fourth of July,” it is time to turn to our other important crop…hay. Mother Nature has been smiling on us here in the Northeast, because we already have our first cutting in and are working through our second cutting.

Holsteins eatingOn the farm we grow several types of hay for different age groups of cows and we also sell some to horse and sheep owners. We raise alfalfa, fescue and orchard grasses. Many times we square bale our hay; this makes it really convenient for the hay customers to handle bales and easier for us when feeding smaller groups of animals. I was lucky when I was younger as I was considered the “princess” of the barn; I stayed and milked cows while everyone else went and either stacked hay on the wagon or picked it up off the fields. Read more