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Feed-through fly control options and the NEW Mineral-lyx® GFR

Warm weather will arrive soon and with increasing temperatures also come those annoying flies. They are more than simply bothersome; they are expensive! Flies contribute to decreased animal performance, increased risk of disease such as pink eye, and general animal suffering.

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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.

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Goodbye winter, hello heat stress: Tips on keeping cattle comfortable

While some areas of the country are still getting over the long-suffered winter weather conditions, other parts of the U.S. have warmed up to typical mid-spring temperatures. As I write this from my home in Virginia, we are expecting highs in the 80s for most of this week — which means that livestock here and in other parts of the South are already experiencing some form of heat stress.

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Feeding for hoof health

Late winter/early spring is usually a time of muddy sloppy conditions, which can spell trouble for hooves. From cracked hooves to foot rot, poor hoof health takes a toll on your livestock, no matter what the species. Wet, sloppy conditions just exacerbate hoof problems, softening them up, making them more susceptible to injury and microbial entry. The best way to combat poor hoof health is to grow a strong, hard hoof in the first place.

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Benefits of being part of a bigger company, "Hope After Harvey"

Many of us have seen daily news and social media updates regarding the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.  In particular, those of us in the ag community have an interest in both livestock and companion animals that have been impacted by the flooding.  There has been daily coverage of livestock being moved out of flooded areas, desperate to find higher ground.  For those who are familiar with Gulf Coast grazing lands and the endless acres of low-lying, boggy, marshy pastures, we understand the challenges associated with their efforts. The recovery ahead will take not only a few days or weeks, but many months and perhaps even more.

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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.

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Stay cool when the heat is on at the fair

My weekly chat with my mom reminded me that it’s county fair time in the northern parts of the US. While we’re lucky to not have the oppressive heat and humidity that some of the southern states have, it can and does get hot and humid. I recall a few show days from my 4-H years that were extra hot and a break in the shade with a wet towel was in order. This week, I thought I would share some thoughts on keeping everyone safe while at the fair.

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Product spotlight: Stable-lyx with ClariFly

A horse is more than just another animal on the ranch or farm. It’s a best friend, a true companion, a teammate, or an integral part of your operation. It makes perfect sense that you want what’s best for your horse to keep them happy and healthy. Supplying all the nutrients they require can be tricky. However, providing the right supplement can take all the guesswork out.

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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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