On the Blog

Calving Season is All the Time on Dairy Farms

Spring is just busier and more crowded!  Managing the Spring rush is associated with calving season on beef cattle operations with spring calving herds.  Many dairy farms will notice a seasonal increase in calving during the spring as well.  Grazing dairies will calve in the spring to match the nutrient demand with the available forage.  Traditional confinement operations often see an increase in spring calving for two reasons.  Many operations do not calve first calf…   MORE >>

In the Field

Those cows on CRYSTALYX® close to calving seemed to pay off with fewer calving and retained afterbirth problems.

For Chris Patchell, the payoff from using CRYSTALYX® is better calf health and faster growth. The Tara, Ontario, cattle producer includes Mineral-lyx® with the calf creep feed program. From about 1 month of age to 4 to 6 months, the calves have access to Mineral-lyx®. She puts Mineral-lyx® back out for the calves at weaning to he…   MORE >>

From the Cattle Call®

Grass Tetany Prevention

Treating a cow with grass tetany requires a call to the vet and it’s not always successful. Preventing grass tetany requires having a very palatable self-fed supplement with adequate magnesium available at all times when grazing low magnesium pastures. However, while magnesium oxide is a good source of magnesium, it is unpalatable at high inc…   MORE >>