Click here to view as a pdf: 2018 April Newsletter
Click here to view as a pdf: Preventative Nutrition New Way To Look At Feeding Your Dog
By Ryan Leiterman, D.V.M.
When I went to veterinary school thirteen years ago, part of our curriculum focused on what was at the time, a relatively new concept: medical nutrition; specialized dog and cat foods created for companion animals that had specific diseases. Some foods were formulated to help reduce the occurrence of kidney/bladder stones or to help control blood sugar in diabetic dogs, while others were formulated to help dogs with chronically itchy skin. Some dog food companies even went as far as calling their dog foods “prescription” diets available only from licensed veterinarians. The dog food industry embraced the idea of formulating foods specifically balanced to act as an adjunct treatment for animals with different types of diseases. From this concept a new line of canine nutrition has emerged; preventative nutrition.
Click here to view as a pdf: Spring Pasture A Great Asset
The spring flush of pasture is a great resource for producer profitability, animal health, and productivity. While pasture can provide a great deal of opportunity as an economical feed source, it is important to ensure the proper management of this resource. Waiting until the forage is adequately established before allowing grazing and keeping up with the fast growing flush, is critical to maintaining pasture health. Taking steps to prevent common pasture diseases like bloat and grass tetany will allow grazing animals to thrive on the new spring grass.
Click here to view as a pdf: Improving Reproduction In Your Dairy Herd
Reproduction plays a crucial role in the profitability and sustainability of a dairy farm. Finding ways to improve the reproduction of a herd can be challenging because there are many variables that can affect a cow’s ability to get pregnant. The waiting period before first service, ability to accurately detect heats, cow comfort, nutrition and the presence of mycotoxins in the feed are all factors that need to be evaluated when looking to improve the reproductive performance of your dairy herd.
Click here to view as a pdf: Forage Sampling
It is important to sample forages before adding them to a livestock diet. Sampling allows producers to have a balanced ration for their livestock and test for mycotoxins. It also gives farmers a snapshot into their agronomy, harvesting and storage practices. The results of a forage sample will only be as good as the technique and effort that went in to obtaining it.
Crystal Creek® is proud to present Jessica Getschel and Dr. Ryan Leiterman’s recent article published in the Progressive Dairyman Magazine.
Progressive Dairyman will be featuring three of Jessica Getschel’s articles on calf barn ventilation this year. Jessica is a livestock nutritionist and ventilation specialist at Crystal Creek® and holds a bachelor of science degree from University Wisconsin Madison in Dairy Science and Microbiology.
Key Design Features To Consider Before Building A New Calf Barn
Click here to view as a pdf: Key Design Features To Consider Before Building A New Calf Barn
By Jessica Getschel, B.S.
Proper barn planning saves time and money. For every decision, it is important to understand its associated ramifications. In calf barns, housing style and pen configuration decisions impact ventilation options, which in turn affects the overall success of the barn. Before building a calf barn, think about the ventilation requirements for every season. Allocate at least 10 percent of the overall building cost for the purchase of a well thought out ventilation system and ask these three questions as you consider your ventilation options:
- Will the system deliver a consistent source of fresh air into the barn during all seasons?
- Will the system effectively control the airspeed at calf level?
- Can the ventilation system rapidly adjust to the changing weather conditions of spring and fall when there are warm days and cool nights?
Crystal Creek® is pleased to announce their upcoming Poultry Seminar on Saturday, April 7th, 2018. Call 1-888-376-6777 to reserve your spot for this special event. A Continental Breakfast and registration will occur from 9:00-9:30 a.m. The seminar will begin at 9:30 with Dr. Ryan Leiterman presenting information on poultry nutrition and sanitation. A producer led discussion panel will follow where experienced, local poultry raisers will share their knowledge and expertise on poultry production.
Click here to view as a pdf: 2018-04-07 Breakfast And Birds POULTRY SEMINAR MEETING FLYER
Dr. Ryan Leiterman, Director of Technical Services for Crystal Creek®, is pleased to now be a regular contributor to the Dairy Radio Now program with host, Bill Baker. Dr. Leiterman will speak on topics relevant to the dairy calf industry in a featured segment called “A Breath of Fresh Air“.
Listen to Dr. Leiterman the first Wednesday of every month on dairyradionow.com .
4/4/18: Spring Thoughts: Curtains, Eves & Ridges
3/7/18: Building A New Calf Barn?
2/7/18: Raising Healthy Calves Saves Time and Money
Click here to view as a pdf: Can Calf Barns Really Have Too Much Fresh Air In The Winter
By Ryan Leiterman, D.V.M.
Cold temperatures are here and winter is quickly approaching. As the temperatures drop, calf barns are closed up and the ventilation rates are turned down. As an industry we do this reflexively, but is it what’s best for the calves?
Studies show that pre-weaned calves raised in hutches have lower pneumonia rates when compared to calves raised in barns. Even calves raised in calf barns equipped with modern ventilation systems can experience increased respiratory disease rates when compared to their hutch-raised counterparts.