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Abigail’s Fodder for Thought – Wait, what WINTER?!

Fodder trailer at WDE

It seems like fall is flying by me this year. Last I recall, it was September and I was gearing up for a month of trade shows and traveling through the glorious autumn weather to enjoy what other folks experience (outside of New England). Growing up in Maine and living in Connecticut now, fall has always been a favorite of mine. The leaves are changing, I can order hot coffee instead of iced, scarves and coats come out of the closet and I can enjoy an afternoon outside without feeling like I’m melting. It’s that homey time of year when you move from the outdoor fire pit and BBQ to the inside fire place with warm apple cider—yum!

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Tales from the Fodder Trails – Kat Takes on the Hebron Harvest Fair

fodder trailer hebron fair

If there is one thing all year that I get excited about, it’s the county fair. Last weekend, I had the pleasure of representing FarmTek’s Fodder Trailer at the Hebron Harvest Fair. There are so many things that I love about the fair—the rides, games, fried dough, tractor pulls and horse shows. So naturally, when I was asked to go and exhibit our fodder trailer, I jumped at the chance! Saturday and Sunday where perfect days for the fair— a bit cool in the morning and in the afternoon it warmed up and was very sunny.

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Spotlight on Pereira Pastures Dairy – Less Pasture? More Fodder!

Pereira cows eating fodder

Like many farmers across the nation, Albert Pereira of Pereira Pastures Dairy knows what it’s like to deal with drought and dwindling pastureland for his dairy herd. As the only “Licensed Raw for Retail” dairy farm in West Texas, Pereira raises Jersey cows, which are known for their high-protein and high-quality milk yield. However, when drought conditions were destroying Pereira’s grazing pastures, he knew it was time to start looking for new feed solutions.

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Abigail’s Fodder for Thought – Fall for Fodder!

Cattle eating fodder

It was warm last night—muggy with that thick summer haze hanging in the air. This morning, I awoke to a chill about my kitchen, forcing me to close the windows as I made my coffee. It’s certainly that time of year and, while we all hate to admit it, summer is winding down and fall is simply a sunset away.

With summer pastures dwindling and first frosts fast approaching, this is the perfect time of year to start exploring a means of maintaining that green aspect in your animals’ diets. Being browsers and grazers by nature, domesticated livestock flourish on a fresh diet and thus, can maintain production levels throughout the winter if they still get the greens they need. With the lack of pasture in winter months, animals are essentially eating to survive and whatever energy is left can go to production and quality of life. Imagine taking that maintenance period out of the equation and allowing your animals to thrive year round. It’s no wonder our customers consider adding fodder to their operation to achieve a significant competitive advantage.

Alfalfa Fodder

There is still time to get a system on order before the last of the green grass is gone, in most of the country. If you give us a call today or shoot us a quick email, we will be able to help you choose the system that best fits your needs and get it shipped before winter hits. Go ahead and contact me directly at atobey@FarmTek.com. Your animals will truly thank you for providing them with fresh, green grass when they are used to boring old hay and grain. Still not sold? Keep reading!

FarmTek is hitting the road!

While they say a picture is worth a thousand words (and our catalogs and websites are jammed full of them), we are FarmTek fully recognize that seeing is believing. This especially holds true when something is such a drastic change from the norm. As fodder has been deemed the new generation of farming here in the US, we want to make you a believer, too. Are you curious to learn more about fodder and the Fodder-Pro Feed Systems by FarmTek? Come find us in the next few weeks at any of the following trade shows!

Goat eating fodder

Ohio Farm Science Review

September 17-19, 2013 in London, OH

The Farm Science Review attracts upwards of 140,000 visitors from all over the United States and Canada. Attendees come for three days to peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors, and learn the latest in agricultural production. The educational programs feature Ohio State and Purdue specialists and are second to none in the agricultural exhibition world. Make sure to stop by FarmTek’s booth #22 in tent 8 to see our mini hydroponic fodder system in action. Fodder production is tailored to decreasing feed costs, while improving animal health. You’ll have the opportunity to speak with one of our highly trained fodder specialists in person!

Beef eating fodder

World Beef Expo

September 27-29, 2013 in West Allis, WI

Our Mobile Fodder Trailer will be there!

 World Beef Expo is excited to announce the Ag Products Pavilion will be the new venue for their trade show, education seminars and appreciation dinner. With over 31,000 square feet available, this building will accommodate future trade show growth. The pavilion will also provide attendees an opportunity to visit and learn from livestock enthusiasts throughout the country. Make sure to stop by FarmTek’s booth to see our hydroponic fodder trailer in action. Fodder production is tailored to decreasing feed costs, while improving animal health. You’ll have the opportunity to speak with one of our highly trained fodder specialists in person!

Dairy cows eating fodder

World Dairy Expo

October 1-5, 2013 in Madison, WI

Our Mobile Fodder Trailer will be there!

World Dairy Expo is the international dairy meeting place, a five-day event showcasing the finest in dairy genetics and the newest technologies available to the dairy industry. For the first time, FarmTek will have two presences at the show! We will be located in the Arena Building at booth #486 where you can be sure to talk to us about our dairy products, custom curtain systems and dairy housing. But the main event is in our outdoor Trade Mall lot #709 where we’ll be showing off our brand-new mobile marketing unit that grows live hydroponic livestock feed! We plan on featuring our state-of-the-art Fodder-Pro Feed Systems and you can learn how to provide your herd with nutrient-rich, fresh fodder daily! World Dairy Expo is an event you won’t want to miss.

Where do you want to see us exhibit in the future? We are always open to new trade show ideas!

Tales From the Fodder Trails…Sam Takes on Wisconsin!

FarmTek Fodder Trailer

Here at FarmTek, we pride ourselves on our knowledge of controlled environmental agriculture. But, the million-dollar question remained: can we control the environment of a trailer while DRIVING over 1,200 miles? The answer: a resounding yes! That’s not to say we recommend it! We now know it can be done. Three days before departing, I soaked the seeds. Two days before leaving I put the seeds into the channels right in the trailer. Practicing what we preach, we kept the air moving and cool—usually around 68 degrees with a relative humidity around 60%. We had a timer that watered the channels two minutes every two hours. The day had come to finally get on the road. Bright and early, we left our corporate office in South Windsor, CT. All was going according to plan…until we got to Ohio!

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Spotlight on the Hurleys and Their Small-Farm Fodder System

fodder channels

Mary Hurley lives on the farm she grew up on with her husband, Wayne.  She is the third generation to live on the farm, and moved back to help her dad and brother. Mary and Wayne recently bought their first milk cow and soon realized that feed costs were rising out of control.

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Abigail’s Fodder for Thought – Three guys, a girl and a fodder trailer – 2013 WI Farm Technology Days

Fodder Trailer

My most recent venture out of the office was a first for me. How is that possible you ask? Well, this trade show, I got to take a back seat and see how it all works.

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Gone Fishin’ – FarmTek Dives into Aquaponics

aquaponics greenhouse

At FarmTek, we are always looking to try out new things. We stay up to date on the latest innovations and try to delve into new markets as often as we can. That’s why we are so excited to announce that not only do we have a great new aquaponic system at our Iowa location, but we have developed a line of aquaponic systems that will make its debut in our August catalog!

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Abigail’s Fodder for Thought – All-Natural Seed Prep

Fodder system with HPS lighting

Does the idea of preparing your fodder seeds in bleach make you turn up your nose? Are you concerned with creating the perfect balance of hydrogen peroxide and water for best sanitization? Well, fear no more as these steps are not required! We have recently concluded our testing of seed preparation with basic aeration and boy, are we impressed with the results! By simply soaking seeds in clean water with an aerating ceramic stone for 12 to 24 hours you can skip the sanitizing solution all together. Not only are we seeing superior mold protection throughout the growing process but we are also prompting germination while still in the soaking stage. With expedited germination a greater root mass is developed during the seven-day growing cycle.

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Photos are worth 1,000 words—or $500!

Feed Buckets

Do you love taking pictures as much as you love your FarmTek products? Well, it’s time to get inspired and take some great photos of your favorite FarmTek items in action because our 2013 Photo Contest starts June 18th! Since we love our loyal readers so much, we wanted to give you a couple days head start to find (or take) the perfect photo!

Get ready for your ten seconds of fame, because if you win, you’ll be featured on our website and this very blog. Anyone can enter and we’re looking for photos showcasing how you use our products, so get snapping.

The grand prize winner will receive a $500 FarmTek gift certificate and five lucky runners-up will each receive a $200 FarmTek gift certificate. How’s that for motivation?

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