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CRYSTALYX: Not just a nutrient or tag

It’s no secret this fall is a different fall than the past two or three regarding the cattle market. The pressure is on to scrutinize cost, not just feed, but all costs.  My neighbor brought some cows to our place for fall pasture this past weekend and commented that, “not many new pickups will be sold this fall.”

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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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Weaning calves with minimal stress

Weaning is one of the more stressful times for calves.  Managing weaning stress is a major factor that determines when many producers market their calf crop.  Weaning stress is a combination of nutritional and social changes forced upon the calf.  Avoiding the risk of health problems at weaning is one reason some producers choose to wean on the trailer as the calves go to the sale barn. 

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Some things are too easy

I once heard a salesman that fully understood the benefits of using CRYSTALYX® Brigade® on weaned, stressed calves, say, “There are only two things wrong with Brigade®… #1. It does not cost enough and. #2. It is too easy.   I’ll likely never forget that statement, as it has a lot of truth in it, and it provides insight in to human nature.  Many times we have an internal, or gut feeling that if something is easy – then it may not be the best solution.  Same goes for the cost of something; generally, the more you spend the better product or response you get.

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Tips for cattle producers dealing with drought

While there are many parts of the country dealing with flooding and excessive rains right now, others are dealing with drought or dry conditions. Additionally, weather forecasters are saying that the La Niña weather pattern will increase chances for drought in late summer and fall even areas that are wet now. Whether you’re in drought now or preparing for drought later, don’t wait to form a plan.

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Is your fly control program working?

Fly season is in full swing. Horn flies cost the beef industry upwards of $1 billion annually, in losses from poor cow and bull performance, lowered weaning weights, and disease. Producers spend upwards of $600 million dollars to combat files. When you consider what’s at stake, how do you know if your fly control program working for you and your cattle?

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Treat your cows like 5-star recruits

I’m a huge football fan. As I sit here writing, it’s the first day of spring practice for my son’s football team. And on this day, it’s easy to observe which boys worked hard during the off-season and which didn’t. Who’s vying for a starter’s position and who’s in danger of being cut. In football the ground work for a successful program is laid in the many months leading up to the first practice, let alone the first game. One can draw similar comparisons when speaking about calving season with beef producers.

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The future of CRYSTALYX: What is better nutrition?

With Agriculture, you can count on change, uncertainty, challenge, risk and opportunity.  It’s only 5 months from 2017 when the new Veterinary Feed Directive becomes law of the land.  This directive/ruling will regulate the feeding of Antibiotics in food animals giving oversight to veterinarians and has been well described in previous blogs by my colleagues. 

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