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A New Generation Of Mycotoxin Technology

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By Dan Leiterman

In my April 2016 newsletter article Managing Mycotoxins In Feedstuffs: Mycotoxin Binder Strategies, I explained the significant negative effects mycotoxins have on livestock health and production. That article pointed out the previous challenges of inaccurate lab analysis of mycotoxins, how to interpret a lab analysis to determine a management plan for a given level of exposure and the subsequent limitations of strategies available at the time. This article can be found on our website under the “Articles” tab, under the sub-category of “Inoculant.”

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Milk Or Profit: A Case Study

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By Erik Brettingen, B.S.

Rolling herd average or milk production per cow are numbers commonly referred to when discussing the success of a dairy farm. Milk production is an easy number to identify but the actual profitability of an operation is a much more complex topic. A dairy herd’s income is simple to see by reading the milk check. Determining the real profit of the herd cannot be so easily evaluated as it takes time to assess the expenses involved in making the milk and running the operation.

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How To Determine The Value Of Whole Leaf Aloe Vera For Your Livestock

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By Teresa Marker, B.S.

Stress is defined as a state of strain from adverse or demanding conditions.  Livestock can be stressed by many different factors: weaning, pen movement, dehorning, vaccinating, shipping, lactation, weather, flies, etc. Some of these stressors can be reduced by good management, but not all stressors can be eliminated. The immune system of an animal has the ability to resist infection or disease. However, when animals are stressed, they are more vulnerable to disease due to decreased immune function.

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Heat Stress In Poultry

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By Stephanie Hutsko, PhD

Simply put, heat stress occurs when a bird’s core temperature is higher than its thermoneutral zone (Figure 1). A thermoneutral zone is a temperature range in which an animal does not use any additional energy to maintain its normal core body temperature. Heat stress is a result of a negative balance between the energy transfer from the bird’s body to its environment and the amount of heat energy produced by the bird. This imbalance can be caused by multiple factors such as ambient temperature, humidity, air movement, metabolism rate and thermal irradiation. Effects can range from mild distress to death.

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Maximizing Your Cover Crop Potential

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By Alex Austin, B.S

There are many benefits of incorporating a cover crop into crop rotations.  Clearly identifying crop needs and goals will aid in proper plant species selection.

This article will discuss four basic goals of cover crops; protecting soil from erosion, grazing and harvesting of forage, improving soil health and weed suppression.

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Rethinking Drafts And Calves

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By Ryan Leiterman, D.V.M.

Drafts and pre-weaned calves: Rarely is a topic so misunderstood. Many calf raisers are uncomfortable with the topic of drafts on calves, regardless of the outside temperature. Most people believe that drafts are to be avoided at all costs. I once heard of a veterinarian who would spark a lighter in a calf pen and if the flame flickered, even the slightest bit, would declare the presence of a dangerous draft.  Contrary to popular belief, however, drafts on pre-weaned calves are not always a bad thing. In fact, in certain situations, they can even be beneficial.

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Progressive Dairy Magazine Features “Calves and Bicycle Wheels” by Dr. Leiterman and Lorrie Meister, CVT

Crystal Creek® is proud to announce that Dr. Ryan Leiterman and Lorrie Meister’s recent article “Calves and Bicycle Wheels-A Systematic Approach to Troubleshooting Pre-weaned Calves“, has been published in the Progressive Dairy Magazine  This article discusses the evaluation of overall calf health.  Break one spoke on a wheel, and the whole wheel collapses.  Calves are no different.  Every aspect of calf care must be carefully managed to optimize calf health and growth.  Read more to learn how your calves can benefit from these concepts.

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Dr. Ryan Leiterman

Dr. Ryan Leiterman holds degrees in both Agricultural Engineering and Veterinary Medicine.

By Dr. Ryan Leiterman and Lorrie Meister, CVT

On Oct. 11, 1826, Theodore Jones of London, England, received a patent for what he called “wire wheels.” Jones found if he added wires, or what we now call spokes, to a circular rim, the wheel could bear greater stress while maintaining its round shape. The addition of the spokes helped the rim distribute the stress evenly throughout the wheel.  This strength is dependent on all the spokes working together; if one or more spokes are weak or broken, the
rim may collapse.  In the same way spokes help keep a wheel round, calves have six main “spokes” that help keep them healthy when subject to stress, which are:

1. Colostrum          2.  Calories
3. Bedding            4.  Air Quality
5.  Vaccination      6.  Sanitation

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Thank a Farmer & Farm Facts- Where Crystal Creek Cares

 

 

 

Crystal Creek® Farm Facts

June 2022

June Dairy Month

 

 

Lynette Butenhoff and Brett Dodge

May 2022

Crystal Creek® Poultry Products & Services

 

 

Bill Ciolkosz/ Ciolkosz Dairy

April 2022

Crystal Creek® Calf & Calf Barn Ventilation Services

 

 

Crystal Creek®

February 2022

Crystal Creek® Recognizes Wisconsin Farmers

 

 

 

Cassy Golburg, Livestock Specialist

January 2022

Crystal Creek® Cold Weather Udder Care

 

 

Lorrie Meister, CVT, Livestock Specialist

December 2021

Crystal Creek® Calf Products and Services

 

 

Calf barn with ventilationAlex Austin

November 2021

Crystal Creek® Ventilation Products & Services

 

 

Billie Rezarch

October 2021

Canine Health Forward Nutrition Program

 

 

 

Josy Wood

September 2021

Crystal Creek® Equine Products and Services

 

 

Dan Leiterman, President and CEO

August 2021

Crystal Creek® Inoculant Program

 

 

 

Lorrie Meister, CVT, Livestock Specialist

July 2021

Crystal Creek® Heat Stress Products and Services

 

 

 

Alex Austin, B.S., Livestock Nutritionist

June 2021

Crystal Creek® Supporting Our Dairy Farmers

 

 

 

Erik Brettingen, B.S., Livestock Nutritionist

May 2021

Canine Health Forward Nutrition Program

 

 

Alex Austin, B.S., Livestock Nutritionist

April 2021

Crystal Creek® Poultry Products & Services

 

 

Dale Goss

March 2021

Crystal Creek® Poultry Products & Services

 

 

Crystal Creek Warehouse

February 2021

Crystal Creek® Shipping and Customer Service

 

 

Teresa Marker, B.S., Livestock Nutritionist

January 2021

Crystal Creek® Milk Production & Winter Udder Care

 

 

 

Lorrie Meister, CVT, Livestock Specialist

December 2020

Crystal Creek® Calf Products and Services

 

 

 

Sherry Arnold/Busse’s Barron Acres

November 2020

Crystal Creek® Calf Products and Services

 

 

 

Dr. Ryan Leiterman

Director of Technical Services

October 2020

Crystal Creek® ROI® Beef Nutrition Program

 

 

Dale Goss

September 2020

Crystal Creek® Beef, Swine & Poultry Products & Services

 

 

Lorrie Meister, CVT, Livestock Specialist

August 2020

Crystal Creek® Heat Stress Products and Services

 

 

Tasha Schleis/Schleis Farms, LLC

July 2020

Crystal Creek® Dairy & Calf Products and Services

 

 

Teresa Marker, B.S. , Livestock Nutritionist

June 2020

Crystal Creek® Supporting Our Dairy Farmers

 

Culver Family Farms

May 2020

Crystal Creek® Dairy & Calf Products and Services

 

Alex Austin, B.S., Livestock Nutritionist

April 2020

Crystal Creek® Poultry Products & Services

 

 

Tasha Schleis/Schleis Farms, LLC

March 2020

Crystal Creek® Ventilation Products & Services

 

 

Erik Brettingen, B.S., Livestock Nutritionist

February 2020

Canine Health Forward Nutrition Program

 

 

 

Casey O’Reilly / O’Reilly Organic Dairy

January 2020

Crystal Creek® Dairy & Calf Nutrition Products and Services

 

 

Lorrie Meister, CVT, Livestock Specialist

December 2019

Crystal Creek® Calf Products and Services

 

 

Ben O’Reilly / O’Reilly Shamrock Farms

November 2019

Crystal Creek® Dairy & Calf Nutrition Products and Services

 

 

 

Kayla Nelson, Livestock Specialist

October 2019

Crystal Creek®  Sheep Mineral, Goat Mineral &

Foundation Grain Mix

 

 

Lauren Prine / Maple Grove Equine

September 2019

Crystal Creek® Equine Products and Services

 

 

 

Lorrie Meister, CVT, Livestock Specialist

August 2019

Crystal Creek® Heat Stress Products and Services

 

 

 

Kris Bauer

July 2019

Crystal Creek® Dairy Nutrition Products and Services

 

 

Teresa Marker, B.S. , Livestock Nutritionist

June 2019

Crystal Creek® Dairy Athletes

 

 

 

Dan Leiterman, President and CEO

May 2019

Crystal Creek® Agriculture Producers and Foundation Grain Mix

 

 

 

Lesa Dahlstrom Customer Testimonial

April 2019

Crystal Creek® Family Flock® and Poultry Services

 

 

Alex Austin, B.S., Livestock Nutritionist

March 2019

Crystal Creek® Poultry Products & Services

 

 

 

Ron Poeschel / Poeschel Hidden Valley, LLC

February 2019

Crystal Creek® Dairy Nutrition Products and Services

 

 

 

Teresa Marker, B.S. , Livestock Nutritionist

January 2019

Crystal Creek® Milk Production & Winter Udder Care

 

 

 

Calf barn ventilation systemsKevin & Nate Roske

November /December 2018

Crystal Creek® Ventilation Products & Services

 

 

 

Diane Hanson / Maple Leaf Acres

October / November 2018

Crystal Creek® Dairy & Calf Products & Services

 

 

 

Erik Brettingen, B.S. , Livestock Nutritionist

October 2018

Canine Health Forward Nutrition Program

 

 

 

 

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Lynette Butenhoff / Brett Dodge,

Poultry Raisers

September 2018

Crystal Creek® Family Flock® and Poultry Services

 

 

Tim Hanson / Maple Leaf Acres

July/August 2018

Crystal Creek® Dairy & Calf Products & Services

 

 

 

 

Teresa Marker, B.S., Livestock Nutritionist

June 2018

Crystal Creek® Dairy Athletes

 

Mike & Lori Boesl / Cabin Hill Dairy

May 2018

Crystal Creek® Dairy & Calf Products and Services

 

 

Dr. Ryan Leiterman

Director of Technical Services

April 2018

Crystal Creek® Beef Nutrition Program

 

 

Lynn Kittleson, Poultry Raiser

March 2018

Crystal Creek® Family Flock

 

 

Crystal Creek Warehouse

February 2018

Crystal Creek® Shipping and Customer Service

 

 

Culver Family Farms

January 2018

Crystal Creek® Dairy & Calf Products and Services

 

 

Lorrie Meister, CVT, Livestock Specialist

December 2017

Crystal Creek® Calf Products and Services

 

 

Erik Brettingen, B.S. , Livestock Nutritionist

November 2017

Canine Health Forward Nutrition Program

 

 

 

Crystal Creek Ventilation Specialist

October 2017

Crystal Creek® Ventilation Services

 

 

 

Erik Brettingen, B.S. , Livestock Nutritionist

September 2017

Crystal Creek® Poultry Program

 

 

 

 Dan Leiterman, President and CEO

August 2017

Crystal Creek® Inoculant Program

 

 

 

Teresa Marker, B.S. , Livestock Nutritionist

July 2017

Crystal Creek® Nutrition Program

 

 

Dr. Ryan Leiterman

Director of Technical Services

May-June 2017

Crystal Creek® Introduction

 

Crystal Creek® Expands Warehouse

Warehouse Expansion VideoCrystal Creek® is pleased to announce the expansion of our current warehouse and be a part of the dynamic growth taking place in NW Wisconsin.  This construction project has provided over 100 jobs for skilled laborers and tradesman in our area.

The estimated completion date of September 2016 will allow us to consolidate all of our inventory under one roof.  This increased efficiency will help us better serve our growing customer base. Click on the warehouse image to view a video of the construction progress or choose this link at:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLGSdQTmOUM

Crystal Creek® would like to thank all of our loyal customers who have helped drive our company forward for the last 19 years.