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!

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.


Nutrient needs for spring cow herds

Feb 26, 2018

Spring calving presents some unique nutritional challenges for the beef cow herd. In this Block Talk podcast, Dr. Dan Dhuyvetter, Director of Research and Nutrition Services for CRYSTALYX, talks about the nutritional impact of moving from gestational requirements to lactation requirements.


The right nutrition for hoof health

Feb 8, 2018

Wet, sloppy conditions this time of year can make hoof problems worse, softening them up, making them more susceptible to all kinds of trouble. In the latest Block Talk podcast, Jackie Nix, a nutritionist for CRYSTALYX, examines both the biology of a hoof and how good nutrition can have a positive effect on hoof health.


Winter supplementation challenges

Jan 19, 2018

Well, it is winter, and that brings plenty of things to think about for beef producers as they try to maximize their nutrition goals. In this Block Talk podcast, Teri Walsh, a nutritionist for CRYSTALYX, looks at the challenges of winter grazing and supplementation along with some key elements that can help producers determine the economics of a supplement.


What’s new this new year?

Jan 5, 2018

Innovation in agriculture is aimed at helping farmers and ranchers do much more than they could before. In the first Block Talk podcast of this new year, Mark Robbins, nutritionist and the research and nutrition services manager for CRYSTALYX, says taking advantage of innovations in nutrition, supplementation and delivery are not just good…they’re essential.


What about the vitamins?

Dec 22, 2017

When it comes to beef cattle nutrition and supplementation, there’s a lot of focus on nutrients, but vitamins can be taken for granted. That’s not the case this winter. In this Block Talk Podcast, Jon Albro, the Western Region Sales Manager with CRYSTALYX, outlines the importance of vitamins in supplementation and why producers need to take a cautious approach to controlling costs.


Supporting the growth potential of today’s cattle

Dec 7, 2017

Weaning weights are pushing 50% of the dam’s weight these days. Fed cattle are exceeding four pounds per day average daily gain. With all this emphasis on production performance, what are the key factors that allow these animals to attain maximum genetic potential? In this Block Talk Podcast, Tim Clark, a nutritionist for CRYSTALYX, looks at the impact that effective trace mineral supplementation can have to support growth potential.