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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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Cow Tales from the Dairy Farm: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year

dairy barn with fansAs some of our avid readers already know, it is my favorite time of year—FALL!  This means finishing up hay crops, chopping corn and traveling to livestock shows. In the dairy industry, the Super Bowl of dairy shows is World Dairy Expo. Expo is a place where the industry comes together to celebrate its finest members, as well as look to the future, by displaying the best of the best in newest innovations and products.

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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!

A Little Girl at a Big Expo – My WDE Experience

Abigail at WDEThe World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin—oh, where to begin. 2012 was my first year attending the Expo, as well as my first official business trip as the new Fodder Specialist. Holy moly was I unprepared. Not professionally, of course, I knew I could handle any question a customer threw at me but for weeks around the office I heard, “It’s a pretty big show so get ready!” Let me clarify that this is the UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE YEAR!

Kathy and I landed in Madison on Monday. When we arrived at the Alliant Energy Center, fresh from our plane, we set right to work setting up our booth in the Arena building. I felt bad for Kathy because she kept having to redirect my focus back to our booth. “Earth to Abigail” was repeated every five minutes. I just couldn’t stop staring at the huge booths and great setups. My mouth was agape at the grandeur of it all. Read more

Cow Tales from the Dairy Farm – Off to the World Dairy Expo!

Kathy's cow DaliKathy Benoit, a dairy farmer from our Connecticut office, returns this week as FarmTek’s farmer.

I have only had the opportunity to travel to World Dairy Expo once since I began farming. This year FarmTek was looking for someone who knew the ins and outs of the dairy industry and asked if I would like to man the trade show booth. I am sure management knew that it was like asking a 5 year old if they would like to go to Disney Land and was not surprised when I had a big grin on my face and jumped at the chance.

I have been to livestock shows and trade shows before, but going to Expo is something that I truly look forward to (and have been talking incessantly about for the last six months since I found out we were going). The trade show at World Dairy Expo is the largest in the industry. FarmTek is attending and presenting our Fodder-Pro Feed System, as well as our Premium Curtain Systems. Come say “hi” to Abigail and me and talk to us about any of your farm’s needs. Besides stopping to see us, I recommend checking out the latest in robotic milking equipment, the newest sires on the market, and don’t forget to stop at the Badger Dairy Club’s grilled cheese booth and get an amazing sandwich for lunch. Read more