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Decisions, decisions, decisions...

I’m going to do something that will shock you today. I’m going to advise you when NOT to use our CRYSTALYX® products. I know! I know! It’s pure heresy! But bear with me here.

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BANG! The drum for dairy month

It wouldn’t be right to take time to salute the beef industry without doing the same for the dairy industry. After all, what goes better with a nice steak than a dish of ice cream? As a salute to the hard-working families of the dairy industry, I offer you 10 facts to wow your non-ag friends and family.

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June is dairy month - BOOM! It's starting to get hot!

Last week, Dan Dhuyvetter wrote a blog on summer conditions, drought and he started the title with the exclamation “Wham!”.  When it comes to summer heat and humidity, “Boom!” is a fitting exclamation for the way heat and humidity can negatively impact dair­­y cattle.

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Grazing management technology moves into the robotic dairy barn

CRYSTALYX® supplements are highly palatable which contributes to several benefits related to grazing management.  Cattle like the stuff and will seek it out!   Strategic placement of barrels can modify where beef cattle graze and impact resting behavior in pasture and open range settings.  A dairy free stall barn is a much smaller and confined setting but recent finds show that where barrels are placed does impact cow movement and behavior, even when abundant quantities of a TMR diet is offered in a restricted housing environment.

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Why fly control this year is important

The fly season has started in the southern US and will soon be working its way north as temperatures begin to warm up.  There are several reasons why proper fly control can help increase your cow-calf returns primarily by impacting final calf weights.  This can be a result of several factors like improved health, less energy expended on non-productive activities, cattle behavior, etc.  More on these in a minute.  The new VFD Veterinary Feed Directive may change how cattle producers had been typically supplementing their cattle on grass.  This makes fly control this summer even more critical to manage.

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Is sulfur an issue In CRYSTALYX?

I recently had a question about the amount of sulfur in a CRYSTALYX® block, and is that level something we should be concerned with?  The short answer is “no”, but let’s dig a little deeper.

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Continuing the convenience and cost savings of CRYSTALYX supplement programs

CRYSTALYX® Brand Supplements offers a wide range of product options that economically deliver nutrients and additives to your cattle.   The consistent and predictable intake control is the primary means of controlling cost.  However, a big part of the economical delivery is due to reduced labor, reduced time invested, and NO need for additional equipment.  The “barrel” is the feeding equipment.   

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5 more questions about VFDs

It’s hard to believe that we’re already in October. Three months remain in 2016 and three months remain before the VFD rule goes into effect. While this rule change does not affect any CRYSTALYX® products, we want to be sure that you are well versed in what will be affected and what you will need to do. Below are 5 more questions that have come from the field as the deadline draws near.

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Forage availability impact on calf marketing decisions

Parts of the country are fortunate to have excellent pasture conditions.  Large portions of the Eastern and Southeastern US are well above normal for rainfall which has kept pastures conditions in the good to excellent range for most of the grazing season.   I have not seen this much grass in mid-August in the area I travel in several years.  For the most part producers have built up hay inventories. Other parts of the country have not been as fortunate and will need to begin feeding hay earlier than desired.

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Stay cool when the heat is on at the fair

My weekly chat with my mom reminded me that it’s county fair time in the northern parts of the US. While we’re lucky to not have the oppressive heat and humidity that some of the southern states have, it can and does get hot and humid. I recall a few show days from my 4-H years that were extra hot and a break in the shade with a wet towel was in order. This week, I thought I would share some thoughts on keeping everyone safe while at the fair.

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