Block Talk Podcast

Looking for timely information to help you manage your livestock operation? Welcome to the Block Talk Podcast brought to you by CRYSTALYX Brand Supplements. It all adds up to Results by the Barrel. Subscribe on Apple Podcast or Stitcher!

Fescue toxicity: Fighting the battle

Mar 28, 2019

We know that consuming KY-31 tall fescue forages presents some potentially negative side effects for cattle, but do you the origins of the popular grass? Sam Strahan and Dr. Anne Koontz discuss the history of the grass as well as some management strategies to reduce the toxic effects of the endophyte.


Blueprint philosophy: Can less actually be more?

Nov 27, 2018

Trace minerals are key to improving livestock performance, but what is it about organic trace minerals that makes them more beneficial and why are we still using inorganic trace minerals in livestock feed? Mark Robbins discusses the Blueprint philosophy and how less can actually be more.


Nutritional challenges of newly weaned calves

Nov 8, 2018

Weaning time is a stressful time for both calves and producers. Beef Nutritionist; Sam Strahan discusses what cow-calf producers can do to combat decreased feed intakes and elevated stress hormone levels as calves are weaned or preconditioned.


The best of both: Launching a new block form

Oct 25, 2018

As we enter into the fall and winter grazing period, grasses and crop residues go from mature to dormant and the protein level of these forages declines. Dr. Dan Dhuyvetter discusses the newest block form that combines CRYSTALYX and distillers grains for increased protein supplementation to help maintain cow body condition as cattle consume low quality forages.


Fetal programming - Maternal management for calf success

Sep 17, 2018

Fetal programming, also known as “developmental programming,” is the concept that the maternal environment during gestation has lasting impacts on the offspring. CRYSTALYX Nutritionist; Jill Larson discusses how your cows and their developing calves might be missing out nutritionally and how you can get with the fetal program.


Spring calving concerns and nutrition solutions

Mar 29, 2018

It’s spring in CRYSTALYX country and that means calving and all the opportunities and concerns that go along with it. In the newest Block Talk Podcast, Mark Robbins, Research and Nutrition Manager for CRYSTALYX, shares his thoughts about the nutrients that are critical for spring calving herds, especially magnesium, because cool, wet springs generally increase the risk of grass tetany.


Technology and agriculture

Mar 14, 2018

Progress in livestock nutrition and supplementation has led to advancements that are largely taken for granted today, but were greeted by a fair share of skepticism starting out. In this Block Talk podcast, Jon Albro, the Western Region Sales Manager with CRYSTALYX Brand Supplements, talks about some of the advancements and applications that have had a significant impact.