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Top 10 Reasons to use a Self-Fed Protein Supplement in the Fall

  1. Recent information on fetal programming would tell us that we do not want to short cows on protein in early to mid-gestation.  The old rule of saving your best feed for the 3rd trimester is still true – but we cannot afford to ignore our cash cows for the first 2/3 of gestation either.
  2. If you say you are too busy harvesting, to take time to supplement you cows, you can still put out CRYSTALYX® barrels, which will provide supplemental nutrition for 2-3 weeks at a time.
  3. Your calves will likely benefit from being on a good mineral/trace mineral program prior to weaning.  Vaccines and Shipping fever treatments work better if the calf has a good trace mineral status.
  4. One of the cheapest times to put weight on a spring calving cow, is in the fall after weaning.  You can release more energy from lower quality forages (increased weight gain and efficiency) with just a small amount of supplemental protein from a self-fed supplement.
  5. Harvesting is not the only time-drain on a ranch in the fall.  Weaning calves, moving cows between pastures, and other activities like guiding hunters all take much of your day.  Again, properly stocked CRYSTALYX® barrels will provide supplemental nutrition 2-3 weeks at a time.
  6. As water sources dry up in the fall, it will be an increasing challenge to get cows to utilize standing forage in the farther reaches of a pasture.  Use CRYSTALYX® barrels to lure those cows back to those underutilized pasture areas that may be far from water, or at less than friendly elevations. 
  7. Fall calving cows usually need additional supplemental protein to breed back, and improve milk production on lower quality forages.
  8. Less labor, less cost, less equipment, less risk.
  9. More weight gain, more free time, more healthy calves. 
  10. Windproof, waterproof, waste proof,

Do you really need more proof, or an 11th reason?  Well, after the October snow storm here in Western SD/North East WY last week, an 11th reason may be the assurance that a continuously available supplement gives you should a winter storm prevent you from getting to your cows for a few days (or more).  It’s there, when you can’t be.

CRYSTALYX® Brand self-fed supplements are an excellent way to maximize your returns from a supplement program that’s available 24/7, while minimizing your investment in time, labor and equipment.