We've seen an improvement in the number of fertilized eggs, or viable embryos after using Brigade®.
Brian Fox, Fort Morgan, CO
Brian Fox is the Cattle Manager for Blind Badger Ranch, near Fort Morgan, Colorado. The Blind Badger Operation consists of a Purebred Maine Anjou Operation and is involved in an intensive Embryo Transfer Program. Fox first implemented the use of Brigade®
, packaged in the CRYSTALYX®
container, on the ranch upon recommendation by representatives from Hubbard Feeds.
The ranch was looking for ways to improve their embryo transfer program by gaining a higher percentage of fertilized eggs from donor flush cows. Some cows in the program were yielding a relatively high number of embryos per flush; however, quality was lower than expected with more eggs being unfertilized, yielding fewer viable embryos.
was first used in the spring and early summer of 2008. After two flush periods, and now going into a third, the ranch noted some welcome changes.
"We've seen an improvement in the number of fertilized eggs, or viable embryos after using Brigade®
," says Brian. "Some donor cows were flushed twice in a 45-day period and actually yielded better on the second flush after being on the Brigade®
All cows in the Embryo Transfer Program were supplemented with Brigade®
through the entire summer.
"We didn't flush any cows during the heat of the summer but kept the cows on Brigade®
through that period. We feel it's best to keep donor cows as stress-free as possible, and Brigade®
has helped us with this."
Producers across the U.S. have used CRYSTALYX®
in a variety of production systems. Mostly Brigade®
is used with animals to help nutrition and management programs during times of stress: intensive breeding, weaning, receiving, etc.
The Blind Badger Ranch has also incorporated Brigade®
into their weaning program and in their breeding program with replacement heifers. Fox shares that it was a good tool for show calf heifers at weaning.
"The calves went right to the Brigade®
; it gave calves something else to do other than bawl and be stressed."
The value of Brigade®
is more than nutrition; it helps with animal behavior to reduce stress.
"We didn't use this product for only nutrient delivery," says Fox; "It does help with meeting animal requirements, but it also helps calm the cattle and reduce stress."