In 2027, Crystalyx® will celebrate its 50th birthday. While the look and feeding characteristics of this Generation-X supplement have stayed the same, our understanding of how it works has changed greatly over the years.
A pound doesn’t seem like a lot, but it is actually worth more today than it ever has been in the history of the cattle industry. Although we operate in terms of 1,200- to 1,500-lb. cows, tons of hay and acres of pasture, the little things really make the difference — and are sometimes the critical factor behind profits or losses at the end of the year.
In the series conclusion of "Does Crystalyx® Pencil Out?", Jill explains how choosing to do nothing right now in favor of potentially saving a little bit of money will cost a lot more in the long run in terms of both efficiency and profitability.
When assessing all of the costs and benefits of a supplement program, the cost per ton, tub or pound is only a small part of the equation. Choosing a supplement is just like choosing a cow: It needs to fit your environment. How easy is it to manage? How practical is it? And is it of a high-enough quality to generate an acceptable return?
A highly functioning immune system is reliant on an adequate supply of vitamins and minerals. Deficiencies or excessive levels of even one specific trace mineral can limit the availability of others or cause negative interactions, rendering subpar performance in growth, fertility and immune function.
As we continue our theme of demonstrating how Crystalyx® pencils out for a return on your investment, we will next look at using Crystalyx to help manage grazing distribution in your pastures. The idea is that, in addition to using the supplement to provide daily nutritional supplementation to your cattle, we will use it to manipulate the grazing of your herd into areas they would not typically frequent. We once referred to this as having your supplement “multitask.”
As we continue our series asking the question, "Does Crystalyx Pencil Out?", Mark Robbins discusses the ROI, performance benefits, and labor savings associated with supplementing Crystalyx mineral products in the summer months.
There are multiple ways to measure reproductive performance. For this next blog in the "Does Crystalyx Pencil Out?" series, Harrison Smith discusses heifer development, bull fertility and how managing body condition can lay the foundation for reproductive success.