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Fall Harvest Time

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017

Fall Harvest Time

Harvest time for farmers is the busiest time of the year. Especially in livestock operations as they have the usual day to day cattle tending and milkings, and have to add in the feed prep that will keep the animals thriving through the tough winter months. This makes for a busy time for LaBudde as well. Feedmills and farmers contract their feed needs with LaBudde for the whole year. This locks in their price and tonnage needed to feed the animals from October through September of 2018. All feed companies should be members of the National Feed and Grain Association. This governing body sets...

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Wheat Midds, Smeat Midds

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017

Wheat Midds, Smeat Midds

Labudde Group started in 1907 handling byproducts of the brewing industry in Milwaukee. Its sometimes hard to wrap your head around the fact that farmers and feedmills have had sustainability on their minds before it was the “it” word in agriculture. Along with brewers grains and malt sprouts from beer production, Wheat Midds have been around forever for animal feed use, because we have been eating flour for, well, hundreds of years. What is a Wheat Midd, also called Wheat Middlings, or wheat shorts, or wheat mill run? Think of it as everything left over when you process wheat for flour. The...

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1 Potato, 2 Potato, 3 Potato Pile

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017

1 Potato, 2 Potato, 3 Potato Pile

    Pet food ingredients are a huge portion of Labudde Group’s business. Growing with the changing market trends through the year has been interesting. A current market trend is to have grain free mixes. Nutritionally your dog still needs a carbohydrate in their diet, and physically the manufacturer needs that starch/carbohydrate to help produce the right consistency with their kibble. One of the main staples in dog food has been potatoes. Our sister company, Clean Dried Processing in Nevada, is busy manufacturing a Potato Powder that is made utilizing the whole potato. But we are using...

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Always Learning

Posted by on Aug 15, 2017

Always Learning

A little different topic this week on the Blog. LaBudde Group has a philosophy of continuous learning that comes from our leader and owner, Rich Erickson. We each include educational goals into our yearly planning so we are all improving both professionally and personally. This week I wanted to highlight what I think is a very unique educational opportunity that our newest salesman, Michael, took advantage of. PDPW (Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin) is a member organization in Wisconsin that helps grow and educate dairy farmers and their employees. Labudde has been a member and...

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Corn Gluten Feed

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017

Corn Gluten Feed

  As I moved to live in “the city” from our small town in SW Wisconsin, I have found myself trying to explain to people the difference between the corn we feed cows and the delicious sweet corn that we all enjoy. Yellow dent corn, or field corn, is the common corn that is grown across the US and around the world for use in a variety of things. Cattle feed, ethanol production, and human food use are the three primary uses. When corn is milled for use as human food, there are often coproducts produced that are also sent back as cattle feed. Today I will try to explain a bit about wet corn...

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Tomato Pomace

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017

Tomato Pomace

 I have spent my blogs so far talking about some of our core ingredients that go into farm animal feed. Dairy, beef, poultry, or horses utilize a lot of the products LaBudde markets, however we have some ingredients we specialize in that go into Pet Food. Tomato Pomace is an ingredient that we produce at our Michigan facility and at our sister facility, Clean Dried Processing, in Nevada. Tomato Pomace is a fiber ingredient utilized in dog and cat foods. It is made up of the skins and seeds that are left when food plants produce ketchup, canned tomato juice, salsa, and tomato soups. The...

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