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Turn Your Operation “Green”

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Recycling. We all know about it, maybe some of us even do it. But it can be a confusing process! We’ve put together a blog post to help determine the can and can nots* of what is recyclable. If your operation isn’t recycling friendly, consider changing your tactics. Not only is recycling great for the environment, your business can be more “green” as well as more efficient.

Did you know a regular sheet of computer paper can be recycled 6-8 times? However, once paper is shredded, it can only be recycled once. Paper fibers are broken down in the recycling process, and once paper is shredded, those fibers are likely already too small to be rebuilt into a new form of paper. Bright colored papers also create issues in recycling centers, as a couple pieces of highly saturated color can tint an entire batch.

Plastics are tricky. There are several different types of plastic classes. Some are recyclable and others are not. The class number of plastic is usually imprinted on the bottom of the container. Plastic bags can’t be thrown into the general “plastics” bin because the bags could end up getting tangled and damaging the sorting equipment.

Working late? Pizza is a delicious treat, but the grease actually creates issues in the recycling process of the cardboard boxes. The oils don’t mix well with the solution used to break down the cardboard fibers. Don’t recycle if you see grease spots on the cardboard, throw it away instead.

If your operation doesn’t already recycle, look at trash containers and notice what is being thrown away. Are there several papers, magazines, cardboard, and aluminum cans that could be recycled instead of thrown away? Put recycling bins right next to garbage cans clearly labeled with what should go in there. Educate employees on recycling and what can and can’t be recycled.

*Note: Please check with your local recycling program for what materials your facility is able to handle.

 

Sources:

McNatt, Marisa. “What NOT to Put in the Bin.” Earth 911

“6 Steps to Better Business Recycling.” Waste Management

 

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Calving Season)

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Calving times varies from operation to operation, although a popular option is calving in the winter (January to March) because it does not interfere with planting or harvesting seasons. Organization and a steady AI or breeding program are essential to have a successful and reasonably short calving season.  

Pregnant cows that are near giving birth should be moved to a location near a calving barn or area where they can calve easily when needed. Cows should be checked every couple hours to see if they are in labor. Once it is noticed they are in labor, typically restless behavior, and tail outstretched behind her are early signs, she gets moved into a pen or area where she can give birth. Frequent and continual checks will need to be made to see how birth is progressing and if the cow or calf needs additional assistance. 

The act of labor and delivery combined averages about less than 8 hours. The birthing process is broken down into 3 stages. The first is the prepatory stage, where light contractions start and the body opens up to help move the calf down the birth canal. The second stage is delivery, with full on contractions, straining, and hopefully a successful birth. The third stage is cleaning the calf, and passing the afterbirth.

Calves typically come out front feet first, and average around 70 lbs. If calves are bigger, or try to come another direction, there could be issues. Sometimes calves need to be manually turned using an obstetric chain. In some cases, a calf puller is needed to assist getting the calf out. Keep your veterinarian’s phone number on speed dial in case there are issues where medical assistance are needed.

After it’s born, the calf needs to be cleaned immediately by its mother. This not only stimulates the calf to breath and gets blood circulating, but it removes excess moisture to help them regulate temperature. Keep an eye on the new family after the calf is born to make sure the mother recognizes and accepts the calf. In winter months especially, it is important to make sure calves have a warm and dry place to bed down. Calves should suckle their mother within a couple hours of birth to get the colostrum that will help fortify them with protein, vitamins, and antibodies to help them grow strong.

Sources:

Hall, John B. “The Cow-Calf Manager.” Virginia Cooperative Extension

Hanawalt, Kent. “Intro to Calving.” Montana Cowboy College

“When Should I Calve My Cows?” Manitoba.ca

5 Easy Steps to Survive Visiting a Trade Show

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What do you think of when you hear “Trade Shows?” Freebies! Show season is in full swing and this post will help you navigate how to make the most of them.

Do your research. Go to the show website and learn what exhibitors are going to be there. Who do you want to see? Are there seminars you want to attend? Mark them down and find their location on the map. Work out a route so that you have a plan to follow – you can always veer off the path!

Bring comfortable shoes. You will need them for all the walking. Even if your route is mapped, out, trade shows are expansive, and having comfortable shoes will make the experience more enjoyable.

Network. Use this as an opportunity to create as many new connections as possible. Bring business cards and pass them out to people that you would like to keep in contact with. Bring printed mail labels with your contact information. It makes filling out forms quick and easy and avoids legibility issues for the company if they wish to contact you.

Visit Vendors. They should always have the most up-to-date literature and products available at a show. Stop in, touch base, and see their new products. If you are looking to buy, find out if they have any promotions running for the product you may be in the market for.

Follow Up. If you had a conversation with someone you want to keep in contact with or develop a new business relationship, follow up with them. Wait a couple days after the show to make contact and remind them of the conversation you had.

Patz Corporation exhibits at several shows throughout the year. Check out our Events Calendar or like us on Facebook to see where we end up!

 

Sources:

Inglis, Kyra. “6 Reasons to Attend a Trade Show, Expo, or Convention.” The Loop

Key, Stephen. “13 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Trade Shows.” Inc.com

Madina, Majd. “The 10 Commandments of the Successful Trade Show Attendee.” SherWeb