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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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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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