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The Elegance and Wisdom of Simplicity: As Applied to Dairy Ruminant Nutrition

Click here to view as a pdf:  The Elegance And Wisdom Of Simplicity

By Dan Leiterman

Preface: This is the first part of a two-part article addressing my thoughts about common sense strategies for dairy nutrition.

Throughout the ages and in all walks of life, mankind has demonstrated a relentless and instinctive desire to learn, to explore and to discover answers for the many complex mysteries of life and science. The quest for knowledge is essential to our success as a species. However, managing the new knowledge and applying it to our benefit is an ever-increasing challenge. During our journey to learn as much as we can, it is important to remember the role of simplicity as an essential tool to help us manage the overwhelming amount of information we are exposed to every day. No matter how complex the topic, it must adhere to simple, basic and sound principles so information can be applied easily and efficiently with balance. If simplicity is not taken into account, it is too easy to lose perspective on the task at hand, forget the lessons of history, and become lost in a sea of data. Information that is consistent with simple principles will advance a cohesive, wise and efficient strategy that helps us to reach a sustainable goal. Keeping a solid tie to simplicity can provide clarity and help us stay on course in the growing complexity of our world.

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Dairy Radio Now: “ASK THE VET”

Dr. Ryan Leiterman, Director of Technical Services for Crystal Creek®, is pleased to 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 “Ask the Vet“.  Visit Dairy Radio Now at  https://dairyradio.com/ 

This segment is heard on Dairy Radio Now the first Wednesday of every month.

EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS TO askthevet@crystalcreeknatural.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

04/07/2021:  ASK THE VET:  Skin Condition Relates to the Immune System


 

3/02/2021:  ASK THE VET:  Keeping Water Safe and Clean

 

 

2/03/2021:  ASK THE VET:  Biofilm Awareness

 

1/06/2021:  ASK THE VET:  Understanding Winter Ventilation

 

12/03/2020:  ASK THE VET:  Minimizing the Risk of Ketosis

 

11/04/2020:  ASK THE VET:  Ketosis Testing & Treatment Options

 

10/07/2020:  ASK THE VET:  Testing for Ketosis

 

 

09/02/2020:  ASK THE VET:  Calf Diarrhea is Cause for Concern

 

 

08/04/2020:  ASK THE VET:  The Heat Is On

 

 

07/01/2020:  ASK THE VET:  Why Vaccines Fail-Part 2

 

 

06/03/2020:  ASK THE VET:  Knowing Your Calf Vaccines-Part 1

 

05/06/2020:  ASK THE VET:  Tips for Feeding Calves

 

 

04/01/2020:  ASK THE VET:  Biofilms in Agriculture

 

03/04/2020:  ASK THE VET:  Spring Cleaning with Results

 

02/05/2020:  ASK THE VET:  Feeding Young Calves

 

01/02/2020:  Heat and Winter Barn Ventilation 

 

12/4/19:  Winter Barn Ventilation Tips

 

11/6/19:  Don’t Limit Winter Barn Circulation

 

10/2/19:  ‘Tis The Season to Control Air Flow

 

9/5/19:  Six ‘Spokes’ to Calf Health

 

8/7/19: Beat the Heat with Proper Ventilation

 

7/3/19: Dairying in Russia

 

6/5/19: Observations From Europe

 

5/1/19: German Farming Practices 

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Thank a Farmer – Where Crystal Creek Cares

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Dr. Ryan Leiterman

Director of Technical Services

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Crystal Creek® ROI® Beef Nutrition Program

 

 

Dale Goss

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Lorrie Meister, CVT, Livestock Specialist

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Alex Austin, B.S., Livestock Nutritionist

April 2020

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Erik Brettingen, B.S., Livestock Nutritionist

February 2020

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Casey O’Reilly / O’Reilly Organic Dairy

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Lorrie Meister, CVT, Livestock Specialist

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November 2019

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Kayla Nelson, Livestock Specialist

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Foundation Grain Mix

 

 

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August 2019

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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

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Lesa Dahlstrom Customer Testimonial

April 2019

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Alex Austin, B.S., Livestock Nutritionist

March 2019

Crystal Creek® Poultry Products & Services

 

 

 

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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

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Dr. Ryan Leiterman

Director of Technical Services

April 2018

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February 2018

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January 2018

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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