Posts by jwackershauser

Why Byproducts Are Complicated

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018

Why Byproducts Are Complicated

We get calls from time to time for ingredients that someone is trying to track down. Often it is a complicated item. Recently, I got the call about Organic Beet Pulp. Seems like a simple request. They grow a lot of crops for organic food use. You can buy Organic Sugar, so why not Organic Beet Pulp? I explained Beet Pulp production in an earlier blog, but to remind you all: Sugar beets are grown in the US and are the main source of US grown sugar. Minnesota, Michigan, Idaho, and California are all large beet production areas. The sugar beets are cut and cooked to extract the sugar content,...

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Kentucky Derby – Justify for the WIN!

Posted by on Jun 13, 2018

Kentucky Derby – Justify for the WIN!

We enjoy the first Saturday of May here at LaBudde. We start checking into what horses have made the line up and what kind of lineage each horse comes from. We are by no means horse experts, but we thoroughly enjoy the fanfare and pageantry of Churchill Downs. Why do we get so interested? Part of the excitement is because we help feed so many of the entries each season. Beet Pulp is a key ingredient in many race horse feed blends. We specially screen and prepare a product that is uniform in size to help make a quality feed that fuels these racing beauties. Our streak continues this year as...

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Spring Is In The Air

Posted by on May 15, 2018

Spring Is In The Air

We are getting our first reports from our clients of spring field work in certain parts of the country. With spring comes a new year of possibilities. What do you have planned for the year? Have you assessed how to best build your future? That is what planting season and calving season means on the farm. It is a new beginning for the farm. It builds on the knowledge and base that has been growing during the farm’s history. The goals are for healthy animals, a plentiful crop, and hopefully a profitable year. The agriculture sectors in the US are falling upon some difficult times. The most...

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Pet Food Ingredients

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018

Pet Food Ingredients

We are preparing in our office for our largest trade show of year. Pet Food Forum is held in Kansas City, MO and is the annual educational and networking event for companies involved in the companion animal food world. We take this opportunity to show off the many ingredients LaBudde can supply to the pet food manufacturers and also to learn what new trends are happening in the world of companion animals. This industry has changed a lot in the last 10-15 years as pet owners are more and more seeing their dogs and cats as true members of the family. And as such, we are feeding our animals...

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Technology Drives Us, Relationships Steer

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018

Technology Drives Us, Relationships Steer

We are having a bit of a day at LaBudde as I write this… our internet is down. Seems like this shouldn’t be too much of an interruption, really how much are you on the internet, oh wait ….. almost everything runs on the internet. As we progress, we seem to rely more and more on our connections. We email, we skype, we instant message, or send a text to our customers and suppliers. We only have a couple millennials in our office, but we have a pretty computer savvy group. So we all have to stop and think about how we find our information when the internet goes down. Technology is growing all...

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