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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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Wet weather increases risk of foot rot

The incessant rains have made for a wet summer for many cattle producers across the US. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, cattle have to stand in water resulting in more cases of foot rot. Why should you care? Lame cows won’t eat enough and thus won’t make enough milk for calves. Lame calves won’t graze either, resulting in further reduced weight gains. Lame bulls will not travel to seek out females in heat, meaning more open cows at the end of breeding season. Overall, lameness can be very costly in the long run.

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The heat of the summer is upon us

July is here, and with it, some of the hottest days of the summer are just ahead of us.  Self-fed intake of CRYSTALYX® Brand Supplements can be higher in the summer/warmer months.  During the manufacturing process, CRYSTALYX® is packaged in to barrels at a temperature of approximately 150 to 175 degrees.  At this temperature, CRYSTALYX® is very pliable, much like Play Doh® or thick cookie dough.  As it cools, it becomes hard.  Hardness is a primary factor in determining the self-fed intake of CRYSTALYX®.  As you would expect, if CRYSTALYX® warms back up towards that 150 degree temperature, it will become softer again.  That is just the nature of a Low-Moisture Block.

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