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Animals
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than words.

Animals
speak louder
than words.

Feed Greatness
Feed Greatness
Message Image to Space Layout Feed Greatness. It's our commitment at Purina.
And when it comes
down to it, words aren't needed. Because if there's greatness on the
inside, it shows on the outside. Animals speak louder than words.
Feed Greatness. It's our commitment at Purina.
And when it comes
down to it, words aren't needed. Because if there's greatness on the
inside, it shows on the outside. Animals speak louder than words.

Stories From Our Farm

For nearly a century at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center, we’ve been learning what helps our animals reach their full potential. And we know if it works for us, it’ll work for other people, too.
 

Information From Our Experts

Animal experts from the Purina Animal Nutrition Center share their knowledge.

Q
How can feeding Purina® Layena® Plus Omega-3 feed affect hen health and egg quality?
A
Purina® Layena® Plus Omega-3 feed is formulated to result in more omega-3 in the egg, and has a natural vegetarian formula with added vitamins, minerals, and trace nutrients and without added antibiotics or hormones. Layena® Plus Omega-3 feed contains marigold extract for rich golden yolks, key levels of calcium and manganese for strong shells with fewer cracks, and an optimized level of Vitamin E to support a healthy immune system.
Q
How can producers help minimize the stress of weaning on calves?
A
Not rushing the calf weaning process, avoiding the performance of other herd functions such as dehorning and castration during this period, reducing parasites, avoiding dietary changes, ensuring access to adequate water and vaccinating judiciously are among the actions cattle producers can take to help make the weaning process less stressful.
Q
What are some potential consequences of colder temperatures on calves?
A
Lack of weight gain, more susceptibility to diseases, delayed age at first calving and decreased milk production potential.
Q
What is a supplemetal fish feeding program and what are its advantages?
A
A supplemental fish feeding program is one in which you provide food to the forage fish in your pond. This will help ensure a consistent food supply for the sport fish in your pond. Supplemental feeding will also attract forage fish to a specific area in a larger body of water such as a lake or river, which, in turn, draws in and holds a larger sport fish population.
Q
How does this condition impact goats?
A
Urinary calculi occur primarily in male goats, as the female ureter is short and straight, while the male ureter is much longer and has a bend in it that provides a perfect place for a stone to lodge. When the ureter is blocked the goat cannot urinate — an extremely painful and distressing condition. If not immediately treated, the goat’s bladder can rupture, and the goat will die. Pygmy goats and castrated males whose urinary tracts are underdeveloped are particularly prone to urinary calculi, as are many breeds of meat goats.
Q
What happens when the foal is weaned off of milk replacer?
A
Foals that have become well adapted to dry feed (formulated for growth) at 1 pound per month of age per day can be successfully weaned off liquid milk replacer at 3 months of age. Ideally, foals at this age should be fed a minimum of three meals per day. If available hay or pasture quality is poor, at 90 days of age, you may transition the foal to Purina® Equine Junior®, which provides both grain and excellent-quality fiber in a complete feed. If hay or pasture quality is good, then continue increasing the amount of hay up to 1 to 1.5 pounds per 100 pounds of body weight.
Q
What is rabbit enteritis and what is its cause?
A
Enteritis, or digestive tract inflammation, is one of the most common disease conditions in rabbits. Unfortunately, enteritis itself is usually a symptom and has many potential causes. There are several diseases that result in enteritis, but there are also many management mistakes that can lead to this potentially deadly condition.
Q
What type of forage should I feed my show lambs?
A
At minimum, each lamb should receive a double handful, or about ¼ lb. (4 ounces) of a good-quality alfalfa hay per day. Although progressive judges are selecting lambs with more base width, rib shape and deeper fore rib, we still want lambs that are relatively tubular in their design. That means a lamb with an excessive middle usually will not be placed high in class. Poor-quality forage passes slowly through the digestive tract of the lamb. So, feeding a low- or moderate-quality roughage source tends to put some middle or a belly on lambs. The higher-quality alfalfa passes through much faster, maintaining the tubular appearance of the lamb, yet meeting the lamb’s fiber requirement.
Q
Should I feed my rabbit alfalfa or timothy hay has a supplemental hay?
A
Calcium metabolism in rabbits is unique compared to other species. Rabbits are efficient calcium absorbers and excrete excess calcium in their urine. Because of this unique metabolic system, rabbits are prone to urinary stones if fed too much calcium. Therefore, when feeding an adult rabbit supplemental hay in addition to a complete diet, it is preferable to provide timothy hay to minimize excess calcium.
Q
What can swine producers do to help improve F/G?
A
Efficient feeder management and biosecurity practices can have dramatic effects on improving feed conversion. This includes rodent control. Manipulation of nutrient levels in the diet need to be oriented to match pig nutrient requirements and to improve pig nutrient utilization.
Q
How can I help ensure the deer I feed aren’t getting too much starch?
A
Properly formulated commercial feeds provide the correct ratio of all nutrients and make it easy to properly feed your deer. It is very difficult to provide the optimal nutrient balance without a thorough knowledge of the composition of the feed ingredients and the nutrient needs of the animal. A thoroughly balanced, high-quality feed is the fastest route to healthy deer and trophy antlers.