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CRYSTALYX® Block Talk
12 minutes | May 24, 2021
Grazing fescue pastures: Getting your cattle out of the shade
The issue of fescue toxicity in cattle and other species has been a problem for a long time, and we’re still working on solutions to offset the decreased production responses we see. Sam Strahan discusses what can be done to help cattle overcome some of the negative effects of grazing fescue pastures.
14 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
Bull market: Tips for buying and maintaining bulls
Many spring calving herds are deep into calving season, but now is also a busy time for bull sales. Listen to Jill Peine discuss tips for selecting new bulls and nutritional advice on how best to maintain those bulls before and during breeding season.
12 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Spring calving: Setting calves up for good gut health
What does good gut health really mean for a cow and what can cow-calf producers do nutritionally to set calves up for good gut health? Listen to Jon Albro discuss what cow-calf producers need to be focused on as we enter calving season on the latest Block Talk Podcast.
13 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
CRYSTALYX® Blueprint® dairy products: Filling in the TMR safety net
Supplementing dairy cattle with CRYSTALYX fills in the TMR safety net and actually costs less than over fortifying the diet. Listen to Tim Clark discuss the exciting new updates to the CRYSTALYX dairy products and why dairy producers should use a self-fed supplement.
12 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
The long history of CRYSTALYX® Brand Supplements
Legend has it that the idea for CRYSTALYX came while observing how hard candy was made at Knott’s Berry Farm more than 44 years ago. The original formulations were few and quite simple and were initially packaged in 50-pound cardboard boxes instead of the steel barrels we recognize today. Mark Robbins discusses where CRYSTALYX® came from and where it’s going.
17 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
Overall health and productivity in beef and dairy herds: Blueprint® total replacement program
If Mother Nature can get it right – so can we. The Blueprint® concept is a total replacement of inorganic trace minerals with organic trace minerals, which are better absorbed and utilized by livestock. Listen to Sam Strahan talk about the research behind the Blueprint® program and the results producers are seeing in their operations.
15 minutes | Oct 30, 2020
Beef cattle grazing management: Get the most out of your forages
Grazing management means managing your forage to grazing animals for optimal productivity. Whether you’re improving forage utilization by gaining more days to graze or getting cattle to graze in areas they normally wouldn’t go — Jon Albro discusses how CRYSTALYX® can help you get the most out of your forages.
15 minutes | Sep 17, 2020
Performance is served: There’s no better barrel
With the launch of the new ad campaign: “Performance is served”, Jill Peine dives into how performance is considered in all aspects of CRYSTALYX. From the manufacturing process to pasture grazing and weaning performance, Jill breaks down how CRYSTALYX can help you achieve the goals you have in your operation.
8 minutes | Aug 25, 2020
Equine nutritional needs: Filling in the gaps
Horses have a unique digestive system and a relatively small stomach for their body size. In order to get enough feed and nutrition into them, they would literally need to eat all the time. So, how do we get all the energy and protein, minerals and vitamins into a horse with the challenge of a small stomach? With all the variations in feeding programs, Tim Clark discusses how you can fill in your horse's nutritional gaps.
14 minutes | Aug 3, 2020
Considerations for retained ownership of calves after weaning
All of those genetics, all those pairings — the bulls, the cows, the heifers you keep every year — you're going to directly benefit from those choices and the dollars that you spent on them, because you are going to own them all the way until they go to the packing plant. Mark Robbins talks about several reasons why a producer might consider retained ownership after weaning.
16 minutes | Jul 6, 2020
Importance of agriculture-focused youth programs in today's world
Youth programs like 4-H and FFA play an important role in teaching the skills needed to navigate through today’s modern world. Sam Strahan discusses the impact COVID-19 has had on youth activities and explains some positive solutions that CRYSTALYX® has to offer.
15 minutes | May 20, 2020
Spring mineral use and hoof health for cattle on pasture
What are some challenges producers could face during the summer months that a mineral supplement could help with? Jill Peine discusses the importance of trace minerals and the role nutrition plays in hoof health.
15 minutes | Apr 15, 2020
The flies are coming: Feed-through options to keep flies under control
What are the feed-through fly control options available on the market and how do they work? Jon Albro discusses the options available for livestock producers and explains why you can’t afford to wait to start your fly control program this spring.
9 minutes | Mar 16, 2020
Spring grasses and grass tetany risk: The role of magnesium
Producers will often say some of their best-milking cows are the ones that go down with grass tetany. Mark Robbins explains why magnesium is so important for spring calving herds on lush grasses and what can be done to prevent grass tetany this spring.
9 minutes | Mar 4, 2020
Dairy calving transition period tools
The transition period can be a difficult time to manage a dairy herd's nutritional needs. You'll have some cows that are eating 25 to 30 pounds of dry matter, and some heifers and smaller cows that are eating 12 to 15 pounds. Tim Clark discusses how dairy producers can make up the difference and ensure that cows are getting consistent nutrient delivery.
19 minutes | Feb 6, 2020
Challenges with cold weather calving: Early calf nutritional needs
Allowing a calf to be born in cold weather seems somewhat counterintuitive, so why do producers breed cows to calve at this time of year? Sam Strahan and Dr. Anne Koontz discuss some strategies to minimize cold weather problems including supplementing with products containing Bio-Mos® for better calf health.
13 minutes | Jan 6, 2020
Third trimester nutrition and protein supplementation on low quality forages
How can you stretch your forages this winter? JIll Peine talks about the increased nutritional requirements of spring calving herds this time of year and gives her tips for supplementing low quality forages to ensure your herd is getting the critical nutrients they need.
14 minutes | Nov 19, 2019
Blueprint® program: Less is more Part 2
From improved pregnancy rates to overall performance improvements like weight gain and higher weaning weights, beef producers have been seeing results from the CRYSTALYX Blueprint program. Jon Albro discusses what producers are saying about the benefits of the Blueprint program.
12 minutes | Oct 29, 2019
Less is more with Blueprint
The removal of inorganic trace minerals from livestock feed is showing tremendous benefits for cattle producers. Mark Robbins discusses why organic trace minerals are more available to the animal and other benefits to feeding the Blueprint program including increased pregnancy rates and improved performance.
9 minutes | Sep 16, 2019
Delivering more protein this fall with CrystalBlox
Fall is here and with that comes a change in forage quality. Fiber levels increase and protein levels decline, making now an ideal time for protein supplementation. Tim Clark is on the podcast to help you plan your supplementation program for fall and winter.
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