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Crystal Creek® Supports Washburn County Fair

Congratulations to 2018 Washburn County Junior Fair

Livestock Show and Sale Participants

Seller, Katie Crosby, with her steer shown with Dr. Ryan Leiterman from Crystal Creek® and Abby Zehm, Fairest of the Fair.


Seller, Byron Ripplinger, with his hog shown with Dr. Ryan Leiterman from Crystal Creek® and Abby Zehm, Fairest of the Fair.




Crystal Creek® named “Most Innovative Business of the Year”

Pictured are Dan Leiterman, CEO (3rd from left) and Dr. Ryan Leiterman, Director of Technical Services (4th from left).











Crystal Creek® was recently recognized as Washburn County’s “Most Innovative Business of the Year” at the 2018 Washburn County Economic Development Corporation’s annual banquet.  The event is held to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of businesses working together in Washburn County.  This year’s banquet was held at The Reel Em Inn, in Sarona, WI.

Click here to view as a pdf:  Washburn County Economic Development Corporation Innovative Business of the Year

Jessica Getschel, Ventilation Specialist, Contributes to Progressive Dairyman

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?

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Dr. Leiterman featured on Dairy Radio Now with “A Breath of Fresh Air”

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 .






11/7/18:  Focus on Bedding and Nutrition to Prevent Pneumonia


10/3/18:  Old Barns Can Have Cost Effective Calf Space


9/5/18:  Focus on the Calf Pen-Not the Barn


8/1/18:  Heat Hurts Calves Too


7/11/18: Calf Wheel of Health


6/6/18: Retrofitting Stanchion Barns for Optimal Ventilation


5/2/18: Staying Consistent in an Inconsistent Environment


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