On the Blog

Get out of the heat and into the Shade

Heat stress costs cattle producers roughly $350 million annually. A majority of those losses are concentrated in the feedlot sector of the beef complex, as heavier cattle in confinement are at a much higher risk of heat stress. However, cow-calf producers should still be acutely aware of the negative performance implications caused by heat stress. Outlined below are a couple of examples that I think drive home how heat stress hits your bottom line.

 

Read More

Celebrating beef producers: Premium products and sustainable solutions

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.

Read More

Bulls: A valuable part of your operation

You spent hours flipping through the sale catalogs finding the right bull, or set of bulls, that best fit your operation’s goals. You made the purchase, and now the bulls are all settled in at home. But wait, the work isn’t over just yet!

Read More

What is CRYSTALYX® Blueprint®?

Ridley launched the Blueprint® concept of supplements and feeds just over four years ago. Today, this concept is still unrivaled in the feed industry for providing the latest advancements in trace mineral nutrition. Let us look at the essence of CRYSTALYX® Blueprint® and what makes it stand out above the rest.

Read More

CRYSTALYX and Sustainability: Working Together for a Planet of Plenty

Sustainability—that’s perhaps an overused term these days in both the ag media and the media world in general. Sustainability suggests a lot of definitions and narratives of production such as best practices, social responsibility, good stewardship and economic viability. You get my drift. Sustainability means different things to different people.

Read More

Don't miss the new and improved CRYSTALYX supplementation guide

CRYSTALYX is the brand you know and has been the original low-moisture block supplement for over 45 years. In that time, the CRYSTALYX brand has evolved greatly and has established itself as a leader in the self-fed supplement industry through both innovation and application.

Read More

Brigade: It doesn't cost enough and it's too easy

A customer very familiar with how well CRYSTALYX® Brigade® works on stressed calves at weaning time, once told me, “There are only two things wrong with Brigade®, it doesn’t cost enough, and it is too easy.”  While that is humorous, there is a lot of truth in that statement.  Brigade® will cost about 14 cents per head per day.  In a typical 28 day receiving period, that is about $4 per head.

Read More

Is sulfur an issue In CRYSTALYX?

I recently had a question about the amount of sulfur in a CRYSTALYX® block, and is that level something we should be concerned with?  The short answer is “no”, but let’s dig a little deeper.

Read More

CRYSTALYX: Cost control without sacrifice

We’ve been reading about it, we’ve experienced it, we’ve denied it and we’ve accepted it.  Calf prices are off significantly from where they were the last two years.  This seesaw of a cattle market over the past couple years has made for a lot of optimism and grief, depending on which side of the seesaw you sit. 

Read More

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.

Read More