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Calving Season

Posted by Rio Nutrition on Mar 4, 2018 8:18:30 PM

Trevor has been traveling through Wyoming and Montana the last few weeks, while Russel has been in Colorado and Texas. The subject of discussion is most certainly calving time. A lot of guys are calving out heifers right now and we’re talking about calving mineral, calving formulas, and looking at ways of impacting the health of that calf.

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Topics: Calving mineral, calving season, marketable calf pounds, Breed-up, Breeding Tubs, winter grazing

Rio Nutrition - Seeing Things Thorough the Eyes of the Rancher

Posted by Rio Nutrition on Jun 29, 2017 3:09:05 PM

Recently I attended the Sandhills Ranch Expo, a really neat expo located in Bassett, Nebraska,  right in the Nebraska Sandhills. Two days out in the sun visiting with ranchers helped me, as the owner, see my business through the eyes of the rancher. It put everything about what we do, and why we do it, into perspective. 

Rancher’s Questions Answered

The topic of discussion with many ranchers revolved around “What can Rio do to help production and profitability of the family ranch?”, “What does Rio do differently from the other companies?”, and “What value does Rio bring to the table when it comes to lick tubs, loose minerals, fly control, summer minerals and high mag formulas?”. 

All very valid questions! Ranchers deserve to know their options, and what impact those options can have on their ranching business in view of making solid, educated decisions.

Rio Production Model

I often find myself explaining our Business Model like this…

At Rio Nutrition, we build our formulas to be results based. Results in terms breed-up, calf health and production of pounds of beef – all things that impact your bottom line. Our formulas are reverse engineered to ensure that the cost-to-feed pencils out and is cost effective. 

Compared to the standard mineral and tub companies that are selling through a network of dealers, we are very different. We are not saying that we are right and they are wrong, we are just very different. What we see is that those other companies are focused on building formulas toward a price benchmark - not necessarily results. They’re based on meeting a price that is well accepted by feed stores and dealers across North America. 

As a family operation, we feel that we would not be doing justice to the rancher’s bottom line if all we focused on was price point at the expense of the results. At the expense of the production of pounds of beef, and the profits that ranchers live and survive on.

Drought Conditions – Rio Can Help

After looking at the US Drought Monitor this morning, Rio would like to reach out to ranchers in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Montana. We understand the current conditions of drought and shortage of grass that you face. We encourage ranchers in these affected areas to get in touch with Rio to discuss ways to survive through the drought by optimizing your resources. 

We would like to reminder ranchers across North America that our beef guys would love to help you get more out of your land base, forages, cattle and genetics. We can help you find ways to reduce input cost and at the same time increase production and profitability. Call or text us at 888-714-5781 or…if you’d rather, simply fill out our online form. 

Warm regards from our family business to your family ranch. Have a safe summer!

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Topics: Getting More out of Your Forages, Impacting Ranching, marketable calf pounds, Family Business, Ranching Business, Production Model, Sandhills Ranch Expo

Produce More Pounds Using the Rio Nutrition Production Model

Posted by Rio Nutrition on May 30, 2017 5:41:51 PM

Beef producers across the United States are pretty upbeat right now with the market rallying. It’s intriguing that people in Beijing, China will be enjoying eating good quality steak before long.

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Topics: Getting More out of Your Forages, Improving Breed-up, marketable calf pounds, calf crop, Rio Calving Program, Production Model

Increasing Your Calf Check by Getting the Right Kind of Weight on Your Calves This Summer

Posted by Rio Nutrition on Jun 21, 2016 4:46:26 PM

Our proven concept of helping ranchers add more pounds to their calves sure compensates for the lower calf prices this year. Ranchers across North America have rallied around this idea as a clear way to increase their calf check this fall.

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Topics: beef guys, Beef Industry, Cost Effective Tools, cow/calf industry, framey calves, gains on calves, marketable calf pounds, Mike Bolinger, News and Tips, ROI, Calf Check, Superior Livestock Rep

Dealing With the Pressure on the Margins in the Cow/Calf Sector

Posted by Rio Nutrition on Jan 25, 2016 10:02:26 AM

Coming from 2014, we saw some of the best margins ever in the cow/calf business. We are now faced with reality the market trending down.

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Topics: Calf Health, Cost Effective Tools, cow condition, cow/calf industry, lower margins, marketable calf pounds, News and Tips, ranch profitability, Ranching Industry, Testimonials, breed-back, Nutrizorb Digestion Enhancer, Rio Nutrition

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