MAKE BEST USE OF GRASS. MAXIMISE PERFORMANCE AND FERTILITY– WITH CRYSTALYX!
It’s certainly been a great season for grass growth, oodles of the stuff all across the country. As we have passed the longest day in grass terms the peak has passed and we are on the way down the growth curve. In quality terms from now on in grass protein levels are generally okay but it is the energy that declines as the season progresses, livestock keeper will be thinking about supplementary feeding.
Given the choice an animal will eat all the good stuff and fill up on grass thus grass dry matter intakes can be reduced and replaced with the concentrates such that any increase in total energy intake will be relatively small. What is needed is a supplementary feed which complements and balances the grass, rather than replacing it.
Supplementing grazed grass with Crystalyx can significantly and economically improve animal performance – both for cattle and sheep.
These results are due to a more efficient rumen fermentation when Crystalyx is fed. Feeding Crystalyx stimulates the rumen bugs, increasing their numbers and making them work harder so they digest forages more effectively and efficiently, this helps improve overall diet digestibility and improves animal performance.
What else can Crystalyx do?
In the NZ trial, the Crystalyx-fed heifers were also, on average, 4 days further in-calf, meaning they had been served earlier by the bull, suggesting an earlier and stronger oestrus when Crystalyx is fed. In a trial in Sardinia, young growing ewes with access to Crystalyx showed a similar response – ovulating 3 days earlier than controls.
Crystalyx provides all the minerals, trace elements and vitamins needed to balance grass, which is essential for optimum animal performance and health. But the rumen bugs also need minerals to help them digest the grass and the “little and often” trickle feeding system supplied by Crystalyx is an ideal method of ensuring this.
Crystalyx also provides a concentrated source of sugar – important to help maintain rumen digestive efficiency, especially after dull wet weather when grass sugar levels fall dramatically and grazing times can be much shorter.
When it comes to making the best use of grass – Crystalyx really does take some licking!