Intro

With a committed focus on maximizing efficiency and sustainable practices, Suwannee Valley Feeds has been producing premium quality feeds at affordable prices since 2008. We use the knowledge of experts to develop effective feeds that are designed to yield specific results. We consult our nutritionist on a frequent basis to ensure our products are effective and safe.

Our facility is often busy with big rigs, but we always have time for our local customers. If you are interested in purchasing a barrel or a truckload of mix, please do not hesitate to Contact Us to learn more information. Our staff will be pleased to assist you.

We invest our time and enthusiasm into understanding the agricultural industry and the direction it is heading for the future. We observe global events without ignoring our local farms. These are just a few of the ways, we take pride in, and show appreciation for our growing relationships with customers and vendors. By understanding the growth, harvest, processing, and use of various raw products, we are able to suggest appropriate handling techniques as well as storage accessories.

Products

  • SVF Hog Grower 16

    This is a hog-specific feed that contains 16% protein.

  • Ground Corn

    Made by crushing
    Whole Corn

  • Whole Cottonseed

    Made from by-products of
    Cotton

  • Cottonseed Hulls

    Made from by-products of
    Cotton

  • Citrus Pulp

    Made from by-products of
    Citrus fruits

  • Dried Distillers

    Made from by-products of
    Whole Corn

  • Gluten Feed

    Made from by-products of
    Whole Corn

  • Soybean Hulls

    Made from by-products of
    Soybeans

  • Soybean Meal

    Made from by-products of
    Soybeans

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Suwannee Valley Feeds utilizes an industrial mill to produce our signature feed mixes. Our nutritionist examines the effects of our feed on cows to improve our mixes to yield the most effective and safe feeds. Our corn is tested for moisture and aflatoxin with every shipment to prevent contamination and quality depreciation.

For more information about the dangers of Aflatoxin, please visit this link.

We also provide raw products such as whole/ground corn and various seed hulls. These products can be used as ingredients in homemade feeds and mixes.

Our Forage Product line has several items to help reduce loss when storing silage and other raw materials. Our Forage specialists are available to explain to you the benefits of using such products.

Our products are available for pickup or delivery, delivery is handled in ~24 ton shipments. We sell our products in tons or as little as 20 pounds. For accurate and up-to-date pricing, please call our office at (352) 463-2335. Our products meet and exceed the federal standards for safety and quality.

Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

Inoculant Details

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What happens during fermentation?

During silage fermentation, plant sugars are used as substrate by lactic acid bacteria from the crop to produce lactic and acetic acid, alcohol and other compounds. Lactic acid is a strong acid that allows forage pH to rapidly drop to levels where undesirable microorganisms will not be able to proliferate (usually pH should be 3.8 to 4.2). In addition, plant protein breaks down and it is first reduced to amino acids and then to ammonia and amines. When pH drops slowly then protein breakdown accelerates, and more nutrients are lost.

Therefore: more nutrients will be retained in the silage if fermentation processes is completed in a faster way. One tool that could be considered to achieve this faster fermentation process is silage inoculants.

Why silage inoculants?

Silage inoculants were created to aid in fermentation by converting fermentable carbohydrates into lactic acid and rapidly drop silage pH. Once silage pH is at the appropriate level and anaerobic conditions are established; then, undesirable microorganisms will no longer develop. Therefore, silage inoculants are tools that contribute to silage fermentation, but these tools need to work together with proper silage management.

Keeping more nutrients in the silage and reducing dry matter loss contribute for better silage quality that influence positively animal health. Reducing silage waste is a good return on investment for dairy farmers.

Types of inoculants:

  Inoculants that aid during fermentation process are based on homofermentative bacteria “Enterococcus faecium, Pediococcus pentosaceus, Lactococcus lactis”.
  Bacteria will help to produce lactic acid, reduce pH, and reduce dry matter loss.
  Inoculants that aid during the fermentation process and feedout are based on homofermentative bacteria and heterofermentative bacteria. Besides helping during fermentation, the additional heterofermentative bacteria “Lactobacillus buchneri” will produce acetic acid, which is known for reducing yeast and mold growth.
  Yeasts and molds are the principal cause of silage spoilage. This combination of inoculants will contribute to extending bunk life at the feedout stage.

Keeping the Oxygen Out

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Plants convert carbohydrates into energy as a normal activity during plant cell respiration. During harvesting there is still some plant respiration that is occurring until oxygen is depleted. If oxygen is not depleted quickly, then plant respiration will allow mold growth and production of forage heat. Therefore, when forage harvesting is done for the day, silo should be covered with silage plastic.

In addition, an important tool to consider keeping oxygen out of the silage is SILOSTOP® oxygen barrier film.

SILOSTOP is an oxygen barrier film that was created to block oxygen from penetrating to the silo. SILOSTOP reduces spoilage within the top three feet of silage and allows high quality fermentation of the feed.

Simple Tools for Silage Management

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Moisture content at harvest:
Correct moisture at harvest guarantees proper fermentation; minimizes the losses of dry matter and nutrients, allows good packing, and reduces effluent. Appropriate production of lactic acid facilitates pH reduction and normal fermentation. Keep in mind that wet forage allows undesirable microorganisms to grow in the silage which affect the normal process of fermentation, higher pH, increases butyric acid production by clostridia bacteria and gives rancid smell, and increases effluent which carries plant nutrients. Harvesting too dry does not facilitate packing and reduce silage density, more air gets trap in the silo facilitating mold growth, more heat is produced and therefore heat damaged protein could occur. Corn silage moisture content should be from 63 to 68%.

Chop length:
When chopping forage, the length cut should be appropriate, e.g. ½ to ¾ – inch in corn silage. If length is too long, then packing is more difficult, and some air could get trapped. If length is too fine, this will affect the normal rumen function, reduce rumination, reduce saliva production which regulates rumen pH; therefore, incidence of acidosis could occur in the herd.

Kernel process:
Kernel processing increases the exposed surface area of the kernel to the rumen microbes which contributes to increase digestibility. Several studies reported that kernel processing can improve milk production and feed efficiency.

Packing density and proper cover work to prevent spoilage:
It is important to fill the silo as soon as possible and reduce excessive plant respiration and silage losses. Target density should be at least 16 pounds of dry matter per cubic foot of silage. Proper packing density minimizes the entrance or oxygen penetration. As soon as the silo is filled, it should be covered to prevent more oxygen getting in. If working with bunkers, pay attention to the edge and seams for air entrance.

Feed out:
Finally, during feedout, silage face is exposed to air; yeast and mold will have the perfect environment for growth. Therefore, it is important to remove from 6 to 12 inches from the face to prevent heat production and spoiled silage due to oxygen exposure. Minimize the time that silage stays in the commodity area before it is added to the ration.

Milk Replacer

Territory Sales Manager
Jeff Blesy
Cell: (352) 614-2005
Jeff.Blesy@svfeeds.com


It is common practice to use milk from the bulk tank, or waste milk from the hospital group. These are methods to reduce shrink, while having potential gain from use. Some important variables to consider involve nutrient consistency, bacteria levels, and nutrient levels.

Milk that is sourced directly from the dairy can have varying levels of protein and fat, providing inconsistent nutrition to the calves. These calves are going through an important phase in their growth that attributes to their production and size as they get older. Milk replacer, even as a supplement, can help shave the peaks and valleys from nutrient variance.

Bacteria can thrive in nutrient-rich environments, which fresh milk unfortunately provides. Therefore, it is important to quickly and effectively cool milk down to a safe level to inhibit growth. Fresh milk should also be pasteurized before feeding it to calves on the farm, to eliminate the bacteria growth that has developed from regular production and storage. The dry powdered form of Milk Replacer disallows bacterial growth, increasing shelf life, and providing better storage options.

Milk Replacer can provide high levels of protein to a calf's diet, promoting growth that will benefit the calf even as it grows older and moves to feed. More cost-effective options are usually available that serve to truly supplement or wean a calf, usually providing minimal nutritional requirements. Depending on the target weight or goals of the calf, varying product lines allow for effective mediums of nutritional input for the calf.

Contact

Suwannee Valley Feeds LLC
P.O. Box 359
617 NE Lancaster Street
Trenton, FL 32693 USA

Mon - Fri : 7am to 5pm
Office:
Fax:
(352) 463-2335
(352) 463-2332

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