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What Can You Do To Get That Extra Bid?

Posted by RioNutrition on Nov 1, 2016 11:10:48 AM

Here's Tony's Talk for November 2016!

Appearance of calves in the sale ring…How important is eye appeal? Very!

While we cannot see inside the calf, the outside represents all the hard work that’s gone into their performance…muscle tone, bone structure, immune status and overall genetic traits, such as muscle scoring, grading, marbling, and over all marketability of beef. All these traits combine come out in the hair coats and over all appearance of cattle.

Hair=Health

For feedlot buyers this year the difference between heavy big growth calves and lighter calves is going to make the difference. Many ranchers are looking at the options of weaning calves vs. not weaning calves to add more value to smaller calves…is this an option for you?

The weaning process is critical to put and/or keep that bloom in the hair coat of the calves. So beauty may be skin deep, but appearance of calves is huge.

What can you do to get that extra bid?

Reach out to our beef guys – we’d love to help you out this fall. Call or text us at 888-714-5781 or…if you’d rather, simply fill out our online form.

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Offsetting Weak Calf Prices

Posted by RioNutrition on Oct 6, 2016 2:38:18 PM

Here's Tony's Talk for October 2016!

The pain of weak calf prices is a reality for ranchers right now.
At the same time, there seems to be an abundance of feed across the nation ...and the question is how to get as much out of it as possible to help offset these tough markets. We really have to think outside of the box to ensure we are getting everything possible out of our forages. Ranchers are coming to see that the more we can extract out of the forages, the less expensive supplements we need to feed...and that, to many hard working cattlemen out there, is the light at the end of the tunnel.
To discuss a low-input cost wintering plan for the upcoming season, reach out to one of the beef guys by calling or texting at 888-714-5781 or…if you’d rather, simply fill out our online form.

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Best Strategies For Going Into The Fall

Posted by RioNutrition on Sep 1, 2016 10:32:27 AM

Here's Tony's Talk for September 2016!

September is the time of year when ranchers look at the calves and say, "Well, we've got approximately 2 months left. How big are these calves?" 

So the question is, how can we get the very most out of the calf crop with the current market? There is still very good demand for good quality calves, and there looks to be a very good corn crop through the corn belt, with many people looking at options to utilize it. 

Getting good growth pounds on these calves in the month of September is critical, and doing so without losing condition on the cows. I like to think of it as a 3 in 1 package - you've got a cow, she's carrying a calf, plus she's got a calf at-side. At the same time, the grass quality is declining and is getting less digestible. Here's what we'd love you to do, reach out to us and inquire about what's the best value for your late pasture. That's what will impact the bottom line of your calf crop this year...and the condition of your cows going into the winter. 

Our beef guys are ready! Call or text at 888-714-5781 or…if you’d rather, simply fill out our online form.

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How to avoid quick pneumonia in calves

Posted by RioNutrition on Aug 5, 2016 9:13:38 AM

Here's Tony's Talk for August 2016!

So with August on us we are seeing hot days and cooler nights, a time when quick pneumonia is becoming a topic. BRSV (bovine respiratory syntactical virus) is what kills calves this time of year, and while people vaccinate for it, we can't stress enough the importance of quality nutritional support to the immune system. Maintaining a high plane of nutrition in the cow, and hence the calf, is of all importance this time of year. What has shown to work most effectively and deliver the most bang for you buck is the 100% protected trace minerals, which ensure the highest probability of immune function success.

Do reach out to our beef guys to discuss your options today. Call or text at 888-714-5781 or…if you’d rather, simply fill out our online form.

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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

How does more live, healthy calves sound?

Posted by RioNutrition on Jun 1, 2016 6:48:00 AM

Here's Tony's Talk for June 2016!

How does more live, healthy calves sound?Ever got done calving and turned out to grass thinking everything should be good? Then went out and found a dead calf in the pasture?
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Montana Vet Speaks Out About RioMax®

Posted by Rio Nutrition on May 16, 2016 9:44:13 PM

Breed up is top of mind for every rancher this time of year. Discussion points such as getting more cows bred, getting more caught in the first cycle, getting more 2 year olds to settle are all conversations happening around rustic kitchen tables on ranches across North America. And rightly so, these metrics are not only key to the success of the overall operation, but they’re indicators of the size of our calf check come fall.

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Topics: Esqort™ Trace Mineral Technology, News and Tips, Products & Services, reproductive performance, Riomax, Testimonials, Breed-up, Breeding Success, Calf Check, Livestock Nutrition Programs, Rio Nutrition, RioGrande, Veterinarian

What impacts breed up?

Posted by RioNutrition on May 2, 2016 7:01:20 AM

Here's Tony's Talk for May 2016!

Oh my! How many jelly beans are in a jar? There are many things that are a challenge when we get into breeding. To name a few, weather is the largest impact, condition of cattle, availability of bulls to the cows, stress of moving cattle, and on and on…

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A Peek Inside The Rio Culture

Posted by Rio Nutrition on Apr 22, 2016 9:23:20 AM
Here's some of our team showing their passion for working at Rio Nutrition
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Topics: About Us, Community Involvement, Mission Statement, News and Tips, Products & Services, Progressive Ranchers, Sustainability, human engagement, Orange Culture, Rio Nutrition, Rio Team, Small-town America, Vesta MN

Are your calves getting the nutrition they need?

Posted by RioNutrition on Apr 6, 2016 3:23:03 PM

Here's Tony's Talk for April 2016!

Did you know that an average beef cow will give around 4.5 to 6 gallons of milk per day in the first 2-3 months after the calf is born? First calf heifers, on the other hand, that are still growing and maturing themselves will produce less. Not only can they consume less feed, they require nutrition as they continue to develop as well. This is the key reason why producers are looking more and more at milk quality. Are your calves getting the nutrition that they need?

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