FEED specialist business, Crystalyx, celebrated 40 years of success last month.

That time-scale had been marked by the unrivalled growth of its feed block range, with the brand leading the way with research and development of low moisture feed licks. The success has been achieved on an international basis too, with parent company, Caltech, having invested significantly in manufacturing and distribution operations throughout Europe, North America, South America and Australasia, pointed out Crystalyx specialist, Graham Warnock.

To mark this 40-year milestone, the range has been completely re-branded with the new look products launched at AgriScot. Included in that were – Crystalyx Beet Balancer and Crystalyx Sheep Beet Balancer, both developed to reflect the growing use of brassicas as a grazing crop.

One is for cattle and one for sheep, and they represent the latest research and development commitment by Caltech, focussed on helping to secure greater levels of efficiency and profit margin for livestock farmers, said Mr Warnock.

“Our research and industry analysis have shown a significant increase in the number of livestock farmers grazing livestock on brassica crops, with the new products being tailor-made to balance the deficiencies associated with these practises,” added technical director, Dr Cliff Lister.

“Over the past quarter of a century, we have committed £millions in developing a range of feed blocks, which offer innovative feeding solutions to cattle and sheep producers around the world.

“We are also committed to coming up with feeding solutions that allow livestock farmers to reduce the carbon footprint of their businesses. Significantly, our most recent feed trials confirm that offering Crystalyx can reduce methane output by up to 20% per kg of daily live weight gain," he said.

“This is achieved as a result of cattle and sheep making improved use of all fodder crops, including grazed grass, silages and the growing range of other forage options now available in many regions of the world.

“Our feed blocks act to increase the rate of forage digestion by rumen bacteria and their overall digestibility, in many cases by up to 10%. In turn, this stimulates forage intakes due to a reduced gut fill effect, increasing forage intake rather than replacing it.”

The range of products is now available in more than 20 counties around the world.