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Spring 2015 - Grass Tetany Prevention

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Grass Tetany Prevention

Treating a cow with grass tetany requires a call to the vet and it’s not always successful. Preventing grass tetany requires having a very palatable self-fed supplement with adequate magnesium available at all times when grazing low magnesium pastures. However, while magnesium oxide is a good source of magnesium, it is unpalatable at high inclusion levels. The tricky part is keeping your cattle consuming the supplement to get the benefit of supplemental magnesium.

Magnesium oxide is bitter and bitter is an inherent intake killer (bitter plants tend to be toxic). Cattle can also taste sweet and salty, which are intake drivers. To maintain intakes on a high magnesium product, we take a page from Mary Poppins, add a spoonful of sugar.’ The high palatability and proven intakes of CRYSTALYX® self-fed supplements ensure that cattle grazing high risk pastures are receiving the magnesium they need. CRYSTALYX® Super-Mag™ (also available with Bio-Mos®) is specially formulated to meet your cows’ magnesium requirements on high risk pastures that we typically see under cool wet spring conditions. Other CRYSTALYX® self-fed supplements with magnesium levels to aid in the prevention of grass tetany include Hi Mag Tasco®-lyx™, Hi Mag Fescue-Lyx®, Breed UP® 17 Mag and ROLYX® Pro-Mag.

Shoo Flies!

Everyone knows that flies spread disease, lower weight gains and generally cost you money. CRYSTALYX® offers several excellent options for fly control combined with the high quality nutrition for which CRYSTALYX® is known. CRYSTALYX® ROLYX® supplements containing Rabon® or CRYSTALYX® IGR supplements containing Altosid® safely and effectively control flies and also contain organic trace minerals to help your cattle obtain optimum productivity during those critical spring and summer months.

Minerals Play Important Role

Minerals play an important role in animal health, growth and reproductive performance. CRYSTALYX® Crystal-Phos® is a self-fed supplement which provides pasture cattle key nutrients including calcium, phosphorus, vitamins and chelated/organic minerals. It’s the ultimate wind and waterproof mineral delivery system with no spendy mineral feeders or time consuming hand delivery required. CRYSTALYX® Crystal-Phos® is a better way to feed minerals