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Reducing oxidative stress for optimal performance

Recent studies cite that 83.9% of the cattle at harvest showed signs of chronic oxidative stress. What role do chelated trace minerals have in improving oxidative balance and how can we help cattle reach their full genetic potential?

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Thinking multiple steps ahead for cow-calf producers

This is a topic that I have tried on several occasions to write about but thought that it might be too ambiguous in terms of what could possibly be written that would seem valuable enough or intriguing enough to be read by cow-calf producers. What has kept this topic simmering on the backburner have been observations not only at work but also with my kids at home.

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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.

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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions...

I’m going to do something that will shock you today. I’m going to advise you when NOT to use our CRYSTALYX® products. I know! I know! It’s pure heresy! But bear with me here.

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BANG! The Drum for Dairy Month!

It wouldn’t be right to take time to salute the beef industry without doing the same for the dairy industry. After all, what goes better with a nice steak than a dish of ice cream? As a salute to the hard-working families of the dairy industry, I offer you 10 facts to wow your non-ag friends and family.

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June is Dairy Month - BOOM! It's Starting to Get Hot!

Last week, Dan Dhuyvetter wrote a blog on summer conditions, drought and he started the title with the exclamation “Wham!”.  When it comes to summer heat and humidity, “Boom!” is a fitting exclamation for the way heat and humidity can negatively impact dair­­y cattle.

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Grazing Management Technology Moves into the Robotic Dairy Barn

CRYSTALYX® supplements are highly palatable which contributes to several benefits related to grazing management.  Cattle like the stuff and will seek it out!   Strategic placement of barrels can modify where beef cattle graze and impact resting behavior in pasture and open range settings.  A dairy free stall barn is a much smaller and confined setting but recent finds show that where barrels are placed does impact cow movement and behavior, even when abundant quantities of a TMR diet is offered in a restricted housing environment.

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Why Fly Control This Year is Important

The fly season has started in the southern US and will soon be working its way north as temperatures begin to warm up.  There are several reasons why proper fly control can help increase your cow-calf returns primarily by impacting final calf weights.  This can be a result of several factors like improved health, less energy expended on non-productive activities, cattle behavior, etc.  More on these in a minute.  The new VFD Veterinary Feed Directive may change how cattle producers had been typically supplementing their cattle on grass.  This makes fly control this summer even more critical to manage.

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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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Continuing the Convenience and Cost Savings of CRYSTALYX® Supplement Programs

CRYSTALYX® Brand Supplements offers a wide range of product options that economically deliver nutrients and additives to your cattle.   The consistent and predictable intake control is the primary means of controlling cost.  However, a big part of the economical delivery is due to reduced labor, reduced time invested, and NO need for additional equipment.  The “barrel” is the feeding equipment.   

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