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1 Ridley Block Operations Blocks for Today – Compressed – Low moisture Block

2 Block Topics Supplement Strategies Manufacturing Overview General Product Differentiation

3 Beef Cow/Calf Nutrition 101 Supplementing Forage Diets

4 Cow/Calf nutrition programs should optimize resources for Cow-Calf Production

5 Pasture, hay, crop residue, silage and other forages Feed grains and supplements Labor, equipment and management Common Inputs

6 Yearly calving interval Optimal calf growth weaning weights acceptable quality criteria calf health Expected Outputs

7 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)

8 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

9 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

10 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

11 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

12 Increased digestibility = Increased intake = Increased Nutrients “Positive Associative Effect” Providing rumen degradable supplemental protein when feeding low quality forages creates a “win-win” situation

13 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

14 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

15 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

16 Solution: Dry Matter IntakeCrude Protein Total Digestible Nutrients Forage, lb LMB, lb TOTAL23.75 lbs Cow Requirements Rite-Lix 32-18% CP LMB.75 lb. consumption 10% estimated increased intake

17 Dry Matter IntakeCrude Protein Total Digestible Nutrients Forage, lb % Rite-Blox, lb TOTAL24.0 lbs Cow Requirements Rite-Blox 20% Compressed Block 2.00 lb. consumption 5% estimated increased intake ?

18 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

19 Montana State Univ. 2002

20 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

21 Increased forage intake Increased digestibility of forage Provides additional key nutrients Summary How can a little Rite-Lix ® help meet nutrient requirements?

22 How does Rite-Lix® work? INPUT RETURN MAXIMUM OPTIMUM?

23 When’s the BEST Time of Year to (start) Supplement? Considering cow production data, forage and economics; it’s Actually now!

24 BLOCK MANUFACTURING Quality and Experience Counts

25 “Batch Cooking” Disadvantage = Cost Advantage = Consistency Benefit = Customer

26 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

27 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

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30 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

31 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

32 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

33 MOLASSES STEAM “Continuous Flow” Process Advantage = Cost Disadvantage = Consistency Benefit = Manufacturer

34 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

35 Poured Blocks Poured blocks are made by combining primarily liquid ingredients with some reactive ingredient(s) Process varies tremendously between manufacturers –Liquid and reactive ingredients

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37 Packaging (Poured Blocks) Plastic Cardboard boxes

38 Poured Blocks

39 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

40 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

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