Home' NZ Dairy Farmer : March 2010 Contents 28 The Dairyman MARCH 2010
New high-energy lick block launched
complimentary lick block, which is
both weatherproof and palatable,
has just been launched in New Zealand at
farmer meetings held in Christchurch,
Winton, Lumsden, Whangarei, Rata,
Tirau/Te Poi and Inglewood.
Cystalyx is a mineralised molasses-
based lick block exclusive to Summit-
Jackie Aveling, nutritional products
manager, said as a complete nutrient man-
agement company that recognises soil,
plant, cow and rumen health, the product
fits very well with their goals to help farmers
reach their production targets and capture the
genetic potential that is going into stock.
"The formulation for our New Zealand
systems was based on thousands of herbage
tests. Feasibility trials to see if product could
fit our farming systems were undertaken
from early last year," she said.
UK-based Ian Dalton, managing director
of Crystalyx and Dr Cliff Lister, the techni-
cal manager at Caltech-Crystalyx spoke at
the meetings presenting the benefits of the
product along with trial work from three uni-
versities in three different countries.
Mr Dalton said their parent company was
Carrs, which is listed on the London Stock
Exchange and has an annual turnover of
He said the company was founded on the
Carrs table water biscuit in 1831 by
a private individual.
"Unfortunately when you make
biscuits you get broken biscuits, so
he started to sell into the agricultural
markets the broken biscuits and
wheat that was not up to quality."
The company now has three main
divisions, agriculture, food and engi-
neering. They are compound food
manufacturers, sell machinery and
have retail outlets.
"Our motto is the farmer can buy
anything from a welly boot to a com-
bine harvester!" Mr Dalton said.
Crystalyx is manufactured in the
USA, UK and Germany.
"We use molasses and vegetable
oil and cook it up in a very large tof-
fee-making factory, take the moisture
out of it and end up with a product similar to
toffee -- a very hard, palatable, waterproof
medium that we can put minerals and vita-
mins and garlic or other additives in," Mr
They purchased the product from Pfizer,
which was researching how to get magne-
sium into dairy cows.
"The sugar in Crystalyx masks the bitter-
ness of magnesium making it very palatable
Dr Cliff Lister, technical manager Crystalyx; Jackie
Aveling, animal nutrition manager Summit-Quinphos;
Edwin Loynes, dairy farmer at Puketaha; John
Campbell, dairy farmer at Whakatane; Ian Dalton,
managing director Crystalyx.
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• Helps to trap stones before they reach the yards and cause problems
• Can be installed between milkings - without interfering with your routines
• Ideal for slopes - keeps its shape with virtually no scouring or maintenance*
• Can be used immediately after installation
• Interlocking design
* Subject to suitable installation
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