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Click here to view as a pdf: The Elegance and Wisdom of Simplicity Part II
Preface: This is the second part of a two-part article addressing my thoughts about common sense strategies for dairy nutrition. The first article can be found at: https://crystalcreeknatural.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/The-Elegance-And-Wisdom-Of-Simplicity.pdf
The Important Role of Simplicity
In part 1 of this article (published in the April 2021 Crystal Creek® Newsletter), I talked about the important role of simplicity and how complex science needs to adhere to simple, basic and sound principles so information can be easily and efficiently applied with balance. If the concept of simplicity is not paramount, it is easy to lose perspective and forget what we have learned through decades of feeding animals. Simplicity also helps us deal with the overwhelming sea of data. Information that is consistent with simple principles will advance a cohesive and efficient strategy that helps us reach a sustainable goal.
Click here to view as a pdf: Using Data Collection Devices
Dairy producers have been given a new tool to help track a herd’s overall health, fertility and production with activity monitoring systems. These systems provide data that can be measured over a period of time. Crystal Creek® has worked with several herds that utilize these activity monitoring systems and have found them to be an invaluable means of collecting data for making decisions impacting the herd. Nutritionists can collect and organize data from the system on a regular basis. The effects of changes in feeding strategies or procedural changes can easily be tracked by these monitoring systems. A nutritionist can conduct business meetings with the dairy producer and other team members, (veterinarians, breeders, bankers, agronomists, etc.) to review the data collected throughout the year and create goals for the future.
Click here to view as a pdf: The Skin The Window To The Immune System
By Ryan Leiterman, D.V.M.
Director of Technical Services
The skin is the frontline defense mechanism for every animal and as a result, it is under constant challenges from toxins, infectious agents and physical stresses. It’s more than just a physical barrier between the body and the environment; the skin is an active immune organ. Specialized immune cells found only in the skin are always on the lookout, patrolling for infection.
Click here to view as a pdf: Crystal Creek® Paladin® Swine Program
Crystal Creek® has a highly successful, comprehensive swine program that can help swine operations with their ever-changing needs. The Paldin® Swine Program includes ration balancing services, innovative products and veterinary consulting to help support the profitability of a swine operation.
Crystal Creek® Natural recently provided a platinum sponsorship for the Spooner Chapter of the Skills USA program. This support provided opportunities for local high school students to learn various trade industry skills that will help ensure our nation has a strong workforce for its future. Crystal Creek® is proud to help Skills USA provide youth with the instruction and encouragement needed to reach their career goals. Students involved in this program created a video as a special thanks to Crystal Creek® Natural which can be viewed here:
Click here to view as a pdf: Water Hygiene How Often Do You Think About It
Director of Technical Services
Water is the most critical nutrient for all animals, but how often do people think about it? Would you drink out of your animal’s water trough? Research shows that poor water quality dramatically reduces water consumption, which in turn lowers production and deteriorates overall animal health. A common cause of poor water quality is biofilm formation. Preventing biofilm formation and improving water quality can be done at a low cost while providing a high return on investment for farms.
Click here to view as a pdf: The Impact Of Fly Pressure
When winter is over and warm weather arrives, it is goodbye to plowing snow and dealing with frozen water and hello to green pasture and sunshine. The warmth of spring and summer can present new challenges with the hatching fly population. Livestock owners know flies cause pain and discomfort to animals but they can also have a negative economic impact. It is important to enter the summer season with an effective fly control plan in place to maintain animal health and minimize fly pressure effects on producer profitability.