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Maintain beef and dairy cattle performance during fly season

With each new season there are things that we look forward to like green grass, warm days and watching the new calf crop develop.  One thing we and our cattle do not look forward to is the suffering, annoyance and general loss of performance that excessive fly pressure can create.  We have recently expanded our fly control options available in the CRYSTALYX® self-fed supplment line.

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Organic, natural, just what are we talking about in livestock production

Organic or Natural were terms that seemed pretty descriptive and easily understood years ago when describing nutritional supplements used in Livestock production.  That was then and now they have seemed to take on lives of their own as they can now also be used to describe very detailed marketing programs resulting in value-added products in both crop and livestock production.  With the broader use of both Natural and Organic, we have found confusion with livestock producers when matching supplements to meet not only their nutritional needs but also complying with any marketing programs that they are targeting for specific animals.

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Wet spring means ideal fly conditions

Weather forecasters are calling for El Nino weather patterns to continue through the spring, meaning wet and relatively mild conditions. Unfortunately, these are perfect conditions for the horn fly to propagate. Excessive horn fly populations can literally suck the profit out of your cattle operation! Biting flies reduce weaning weights, lower milk production and spread disease.

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5 questions about VFDs and beef production

Cattle feeding will be changing in 2017. Starting Jan 1, 2017, all livestock producers will need a veterinary feed directive (VFD) in order to utilize antibiotics in the feed. Trying to wade through all the regulations can be a nightmare, so I’ve pulled out 5 things you need to know to be ready for 2017.

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Snow as a winter grazing water source

When you live in the northern US and Canada, this time of year means cold temperatures and snow. They go hand in hand with iced over and frozen waterers. This can lead some to look at the snow covered range and wonder if the snow can be used as a water source.

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Dealing with flooded pastures

Winter Storm Goliath has packed a wallop across most of the country between blizzard conditions in some areas and massive rain and flooding in others. And with forecasters predicting one of the strongest El Niños on record, excessive rain and flooding may well be the rule instead of the exception this year. Below are some tips and considerations in dealing with flooded pastures and fields:

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Updated CRYSTALYX line up

In an effort to ensure your cattle are getting the very best nutrition available, we have made some changes to the CRYSTALYX® LineUp. You may have already heard about them from your CRYSTALYX® representative or dealer, but a refresher is always welcome.

 

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A great winter for feeding CRYSTALYX

I was riding through Montana last week with a sales associate, and one of his comments regarding the year we have been having was, “What a great winter for feeding CRYSTALYX®!” I have heard this comment many times over the years when we have had a milder fall/winter. 

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