Energy and Protein Macro Minerals Ca, P, K, S, Mg Micro Nutrients Cu, Zn, Mn, Co, I, Vit A, D, E (trace minerals and vitamins) Beef Cow Nutrient Requirements - Key nutrients that drive performance - Specific conditions can increase their importance - Normal conditions require balanced supplementation - TM imbalances can occur and can be a result of other antagonists (i.e. S, Mo or Fe)
Rumen fermentation allows ruminant animals to capture energy (cellulose) and other nutrients from forages A common goal and economic advantage is to utilize this forage/pasture resource Oftentimes, forages alone may not optimize cow reproduction or cow and calf performance needs The Ruminant Advantage
When rumen degradable protein supplements are fed they stimulate fiber fermentation by having a positive associative effect on microbial populations in the rumen Positive Associative Effect = 5
Some supplements or feeds can impair fiber fermentation and have a negative associative effect (grains, starches or high levels of fat). These interfere with microbial populations that specialize in fermenting fiber. Negative Associative Effect = 3
Fermentation of low quality forages slows down and thereby reducing forage intake (cows fill up) Supplemental protein digested in the rumen helps increase forage fiber digestibility and often increases the amount of forage cows can consume Low Quality Forages Need Help
Increased digestibility = Increased intake = Increased Nutrients “Positive Associative Effect” Providing rumen degradable supplemental protein when feeding low quality forages creates a “win-win” situation
LMB Compared to Corn on Forage Intake Dry Matter Intake No SupplementCorn Low Moisture Block (LMB) Forage (5.7% CP ), lb.14.8 a 13.1 b 16.5 c Supplement, lb Total Intake, lb.14.8 a 16.5 b 17.5 c (uncommon superscripts differ P<.05) (KSU 1997) 11% increase in forage intake for LMB 11% decrease in forage intake for corn
LMB Compared to Corn on Forage Utilization Digestibility No SupplementCorn Low Moisture Block (LMB) Forage NDF Intake, lb.10.8 a 9.6 b 12.1 c NDF Digestibility, %49.2 a 42.1 b 52.9 a (uncommon superscripts differ P<.05) (KSU 1997) 12% increase in forage NDF intake for LMB 14% decrease in forage digestibility for corn
Putting Crystalyx to work with your Cow herd: Crude Protein Total Digestible Nutrients Cow Requirements (last stage gest.), lb Forage, lb Deficiency, lb Low Quality Forage 7.0% CP and 48% TDN 1.75% DMI for a 1200 lb. cow
Estimate 10% improvement ( = 12.1lbs. TDN) (Cow requirement = 11.9 lbs. TDN) Additional energy for body stores or use under stress conditions Aren’t we still short on energy (TDN) for Rite-Lix example? Don’t forget about an increase in fiber digestibility
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Labor savings Self-Fed, available 24/7 Highly palatable, but highly controlled intake Minimal delivery, feeding or storage equipment and investment required Weatherproof Consistent, Cost-effective Results Don’t forget other Rite-Lix ® Advantages
Increased forage intake Increased digestibility of forage Provides additional key nutrients Summary How can a little Rite-Lix ® help meet nutrient requirements?
How does Rite-Lix® work? INPUT RETURN MAXIMUM OPTIMUM?
When’s the BEST Time of Year to (start) Supplement? Considering cow production data, forage and economics; it’s Actually now!
BLOCK MANUFACTURING Quality and Experience Counts
Rite-Lix Low moisture blocks – Dehydrated Molasses based blocks – Consistent low daily intakes – Higher price point – Low Cost per hd per day – Based on supplying first incremental nutrients
Compressed Block Manufacturing Dry ingredients put together in a premix Premix is metered and blended with liquids and DDG’S in a blender & weighed into containers Product is compressed in containers and immediately packaged for shipment
DDGS (Corn) Based Formulations Fermented DDGS are highly palatable Vegetable based (No Animal Protein Products) Excellent source of Protein, Phos and Oil Intake range provides for higher nutrient payload Lower cost manufacturing and ingredient profile provide a competitive price point Rite-Blox Features
Quick comparisons between the blocks Rite-Blox® Compressed DDGS Intake of 1.0 to 2.0 lbs Features: Low Price Point Manage Intake Higher Nutrient Payload Potential Refill Option Rite-Lix® Dehydrated Molasses Intake of 0.5 to 1.0 lbs Features: High Price point Consistent, Low Intake Predictable Product Performance Low cost/hd/day
Low Moisture Blocks * Rite-Lix – Feed-Rite * Crystalyx - Hubbard * Masterlyx – Master Feeds * Smartlic – Unifeed, Blair’s * Vitalix Inc – Alliance NE – Co-op * OLS (Orwigs) – Ellendale ND - Saltec, Rio Max, * Tublicks – Out of Business * Agri-Blok - Washington Poured & Compressed Blocks * AGRI-BLOK – Morinville AB. * Masterlyx – Morinville AB. * UNIBLOCK – Rockyford AB. * Power Pak – Barehead AB. * Sweetlyx – RNS * RiteBlox – Feed-Rite * SweetPro – Wallhalla ND * ProStock – UFA – ADM * Range Buster – UFA – ADM * Sweet Cake – Cargill - Westway
Poured & Compressed Blocks * AGRI-BLOK – Morinville AB. * Masterlyx – Morinville AB. * UNIBLOCK – Rockyford AB. * Power Pak – Barehead AB. * RiteBlox – Feed-Rite * SweetPro – Wallhalla ND * ProStock – UFA – ADM * Range Buster – UFA – ADM * Sweet Cake – Westway
Quick comparisons between the blocks Rite-Blox® Compressed DDGS Intake of 1.0 to 2.0 lbs Features: Low Price Point Manage Intake Higher Nutrient Payload Rite-Lix® Dehydrated Molasses Intake of 0.5 to 1.0 lbs Features: High Price point Consistent, Low Intake Predictable Product Performance Low cost/hd/day