United Cooperative provides farm owners with quality feed nutrition resources backed by expert animal science know-how, and state-of-the-art feed manufacturing.

United Cooperative’s feed team understands that every animal and every herd is different. That’s why we provide custom blend options for your farm so you can increase production and profitability. Your local United Cooperative features convenient, complete feed service, including pick-up and delivery on your farm.

In 2016 United Cooperative brought two state-of-the-art mills at Shawano and Wilton online to increase production efficiency and output to supply producers’ growing nutrition needs. For custom feed blends offered in bagged and bulk deliveries, rely on United Cooperative for custom nutrition programs. All total, your cooperative has 7 feed mills. One value of new milling technology integrated by United Cooperative, is the introduction of a new calf feeding program

Designed with the calf and producer in mind, early adopters of United Cooperative’s calf feed program give two thumbs up based on early trials.

Use the location map below to connect with a United Cooperative feed and nutrition specialists about your animal nutrition needs.

Expert View: Market Update 12.4.17

By Pat Jeanes, Product Procurement and Risk Management

Corn – Dec corn has been trading a range of 3.35 where it has found solid support and 3.55—3.60 on the high side where it will have to take out 3.60 to make any sort of run. Farmer selling picks up when we get to the 3.55 area. Corn yields ran better than expected and there are corn piles all over the Midwest. Elevators are using the Mar board to do their pricing. Watch for a break below 3.35 to do pricing.

SBM – Jan meal has been finding solid support at 310.00 and seems to run out of steam at 330.00 so for now it is trading a 20.00 range. Any kind of break to the 310.00 – 315.00 area will bring on end user pricing so that is a good target to set. There are some dry areas in Brazil and Argentina that need to be watched even though it is early.

Animal Protein – Prices are steady after Thanksgiving but that could change. As we get closer to Christmas prices could jump. Blood and meat & bone are priced competitive on a cost per unit of protein. The holidays could bring a 40.00—50.00 jump in pricing.

Corn Gluten Feed – There are only 2 processors to buy from in our area and when you have a monopoly they can price it the way they want. ADM is exporting their CG Pellets and using the base of their exports to price domestically. We will continue to buy in the spot market and wait for the river to freeze forcing them to ship by rail which will increase their export price. I think patience will pay off.

Distillers – Distillers in the west are up 15.00 –20.00 due to increased use in west coast dairies. Higher prices are pulling distillers out and adding more meal in rations. We are priced thru Dec and will wait to see what JFM brings. China could be the hidden factor as they have lifted the import ban on distillers.

Cotton – Cottonseed prices are flat to a little lower but are still very competitive. Plan your deliveries early with Christmas coming. Trucking is a nightmare and with the holiday it will be tight.

Canola – Canola basis is easing a bit as rail cars are shipping again but for how long nobody knows. Canadian processors are having a hard time buying seed from the farmers with the low prices. When cars don’t ship canola loses its market share to meal. They have to buy that share back with lower basis and we will wait to add more ownership.

Copper – Copper sulfate prices are steady but copper futures are on the rise so my guess would that copper sulfate will be going up soon. Take a look at your inventory and stock up.

Linseed – Prices are competitive and plants are looking for business.

Summary/Opportunity –The next USDA crop report is Dec 12th and they should have a good handle on final yields. Watch the dry areas of Argentina and Brazil because this is just the type of news that would let the bulls out of the barn. The new trucking laws starting Jan 1st will add cost to feed prices and add to the nightmare of transportation. On a side note Vitamin prices have sky rocketed with plants shutting in China and the fire at the largest US plant have increase Vitamin prices 10-fold and could continue into spring.

New Product

United Cooperative is pleased to announce that it is now the distributor for GlucoBoost35 Liquid. This liquid product will be available in totes for delivery this coming September to farms as an additive to Post Fresh dairy diets. The typical feed rate of this product is from 1.75-2.0 lbs. per head per day and can be fed at any rate of up to 4 lbs. per head per day.

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