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.
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.
Now that the calves are weaned, the cows are bred and the grass is green, can we finally say, “See you next fall, girls”? Not so fast! Preparing for next fall starts now, as the five to six months ahead can influence your calf crop not just next year but for years to come.
The transparency of a product label that contains only organic trace minerals in the formula reassures you are getting everything you pay for and the performance you desire. CRYSTALYX Blueprint Mineral products containing only Bioplex organic trace minerals assure that your herd is getting everything they can from your mineral investment. In a time when performance, efficiency and value mean everything, “Targeted Nutrition Without Excess” truly is a fitting slogan for Blueprint Minerals.
We are fortunate as beef producers to have the opportunity and freedom to create an amazing product for consumers that grows from our natural resources. Beef Month allows us to celebrate our contribution to the world food supply while preserving land, water and air through environmental stewardship. Crystalyx Blueprint supplements can be an excellent tool for continuing that legacy while maintaining profitability as we plan for the future.
It’s November, and we have reached the time of year when temperatures are cooling off for many of us and having fewer hours of daylight is starting to cramp our busy schedules. Fall is here, and that means that a lot of calves are getting weaned and shipped to their new homes — but for many herds, autumn is a season of new beginnings, thanks to fall calving.
As I write this blog, it’s a typical, stuffy summer morning in southern Ohio. The air is still, the fog is thick and the forecast is calling for humidity in the 80s and temperatures in the 90s. This is not exactly a perfect recipe for cows to comfortably maximize their grazing abilities in our fescue pastures, but there is plenty of quality forage available for them to consume.