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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.

    Spring grasses and grass tetany risk: The role of magnesium

    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 min
    Dairy calving transition period tools

    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.

    • 9 min
    Challenges with cold weather calving: Early calf nutritional needs

    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.

    • 19 min
    Third trimester nutrition and protein supplementation on low quality forages

    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.

    • 12 min
    Blueprint® program: Less is more Part 2

    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.

    • 13 min
    Less is more with Blueprint

    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.

    • 11 min

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