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

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

  7. 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) 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)

  8. The Ruminant Advantage • 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

  9. Positive Associative Effect When rumen degradable protein supplements are fed they stimulate fiber fermentation by having a positive associative effect on microbial populations in the rumen 2 + 2 = 5

  10. Negative Associative Effect 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. 2 + 2 = 3

  11. Low Quality Forages Need Help • 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

  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 (uncommon superscripts differ P<.05) (KSU 1997) 11%increasein forage intake for LMB 11% decreasein forage intake for corn

  14. LMB Compared to Corn on Forage Utilization (uncommon superscripts differ P<.05) (KSU 1997) 12% increasein forage NDF intake for LMB 14% decrease in forage digestibility for corn

  15. Putting Crystalyx to work with your Cow herd: • Low Quality Forage • 7.0% CP and 48% TDN • 1.75% DMI for a 1200 lb. cow

  16. Solution: • Rite-Lix 32-18% CP LMB • .75 lb. consumption • 10% estimated increased intake

  17. Rite-Blox 20% Compressed Block • 2.00 lb. consumption • 5% estimated increased intake ?

  18. Aren’t we still short on energy (TDN) for Rite-Lix example? Don’t forget about an increase in fiber digestibility • Estimate 10% improvement • (11.0 + 1.1= 12.1lbs. TDN) • (Cow requirement = 11.9 lbs. TDN) • Additional energy for body stores or use under stress conditions

  19. Montana State Univ. 2002

  20. Don’t forget other Rite-Lix® Advantages • 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

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

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

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

  24. BLOCK MANUFACTURINGQuality 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

  28. Rite-Blox Features • DDGS (Corn) Based Formulations • Fermented DDGS are highlypalatable • 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

  29. 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 1.0lbs • Features: • High Price point • Consistent, Low Intake • Predictable Product Performance • Low cost/hd/day

  30. 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 Blocks Sold In Canada

  31. STEAM MOLASSES “Continuous Flow” Process The Competition is doing this! Advantage = Cost Disadvantage = Consistency Benefit = Manufacturer

  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 Blocks Sold In Canada

  33. 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

  34. Packaging (Poured Blocks) • Plastic • Cardboard boxes

  35. Poured Blocks

  36. 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 Blocks Sold In Canada

  37. 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 1.0lbs • Features: • High Price point • Consistent, Low Intake • Predictable Product Performance • Low cost/hd/day