A ½-lb./day of extra gain is what the Iono-Lyx low-moisture block (LMB) with Bovatec is giving stocker operators, according to Ridley Block Operations, which manufacturers a wide line of Crystalyx® brand LMBs. Iono-Lyx is the only Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved LMB with the ionophore Bovatec and is the only medicated LMB available for grazing stocker cattle.
LMBs have enabled producers to make sure more cattle have access to, and consume uniform intakes of nutrients. In Ridley and university studies, special GPS-monitored collars were used and indicated 90-95% of animals get the block, which is a much higher rate than seen with a typical mineral block program. Trials on a Mississippi ranch found stockers exposed to Iono-Lyx had an average daily gain of 1.06 lbs., compared to 0.55 lbs. and 0.66 lbs. for two other groups of cattle exposed to a typical mineral. The Iono-Lyx block could help alleviate the problem of not being able to deliver an ionophore evenly to stockers.
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