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Holiday Slow Down (no, really, we should slow down)

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017

Holiday Slow Down (no, really, we should slow down)

   We often take for granted the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping and family gatherings as the “stress” of this time of year. We love getting together and celebrating, but it means a strain on our time and wallets. A day off here for shopping, a long break off from work for kid’s school vacation or because your office shuts down for the day help create more time to fit in all the activities. LaBudde works with many folks that don’t have the blessing of getting to take some extra time off. I talked during my Thanksgiving blog about taking time to say THANKS to the farmers who prepare our...

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Transportation

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017

Transportation

   The United States literally runs on semi trailers. We have all driven down the highway next to a large semi truck and wondered “what is he hauling”? Since I started at LaBudde Group, I see those trucks differently. I see a hopper trailer and walking floor trailer and think “hey, we use that guy”. We haul most of our shipments around the United States in full truckloads. We utilize the whole gambit of options for trailers available to us. We ship bulk ingredients like beet pulp, oat hulls, distiller grains, and tomato pomace in hoppers or walking floors. Wet tomato pomace and vegetable...

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Thank a farmer for your Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017

Thank a farmer for your Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday. No gifts to buy or parades to attend, just spend time with family. Share what you are thankful for and appreciate the blessings in your life. I hope everyone found time to slow down and appreciate their family instead of rushing out to shop for black Friday deals or got stuck in the kitchen for hours and hours. One key person I hope you all were extra thankful for, FARMERS. Why? Because they are the reason you have everything on your table. Well, unless you hunted the turkey yourself,(though I argue that turkey probably got nice and plump off the local...

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Weights and Measures

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017

Weights and Measures

My first days at LaBudde Group were interesting. Mostly because of the lingo flying around that I needed to figure out. Tons, Short Tons, Metric Tons, CWT, OND, JFM, Clock, and many more were all thrown around during conversations and meetings. My background in dairy had me prepared for the uses of the feed ingredients we deal with, but not all the trading lingo. Let me see if I can help a bit explain some terms. Ton or Short Ton: The United States generally uses the short ton or “ton” to measure feed ingredients in bulk. A Short Ton is equivalent to 2000 lbs. A typical bulk truckload of...

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Distiller Grains

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017

Distiller Grains

Most people have heard of Ethanol. However not everyone has heard of the feed ingredients left over when corn is utilized for the renewable fuels. Ethanol has been federally mandated to be added to fossil fuel based gasoline for use in domestic cars. The theory behind this is to lower our dependence on foreign oil and slowly develop cars that run on less gas. The debate on it’s usefulness is ongoing, but one of the interesting parts of the conversation that doesn’t get discussed is the byproducts from the corn used. Distiller Grains are the main byproduct produced after the starch in corn is...

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Blooms and Strong Bones

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017

Blooms and Strong Bones

Steamed bonemeal has been a staple for LaBudde for many years. What is it? If you garden you probably have it in your favorite natural fertilizer or potting mix. Bonemeal is a natural source of calcium and phosphorus. It, as its name suggests, comes from animal bones. In our case it comes from beef cattle bones left after beef broth is made. Over the decades as we get busier and busier, home cooks now buy soups and broths prepackaged in stores. Our grandmothers spent hours boiling soup bones and leftovers from Sunday roasts to make their beef broth, condensing the wonderful flavor over a...

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