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Water-Soluble Electrolyte Mix

Temperature Extremes. Transportation. Vaccinations. Illness.
Are you prepared for summer stressors?

MIN-HY is a highly water-soluble mixture that provides electrolytes and trace elements for poultry, swine, cattle, sheep, and horses. When added to drinking water it helps maintain normal body functions during times of stress. It is specially formulated to disperse readily intro drinking water and remain in suspension. Its light green colouring makes it easy to see whether it is flowing through your watering system properly. Even after 24 hours the only evidence of MIN-HY in the water is the green tint!

MIN-HY – Water Soluble Electrolyte - 10kg Pail

Mixing Directions:

227 grams of MIN-HY per 485 litres of drinking water


1:100 – mix 1.2 kgs of MIN-HY per 10 litres of water to make the stock solution

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Tips for Feeding Summer Birds

Long warm days give backyard birders more time to observe feeders and see many different hungry visitors, especially in northern areas when there is a greater variety. During the summer months, birds are in their breeding plumage, making identification easier and more colourful birds! We’ve gathered some tips to make sure your summer bird feeding program is enjoyable for both you and your guests:


  1. Feed
  • Sunflower black oil seeds, coarse chips, or medium chips are the most popular option for a wide range of bird species. Nyjer will also attract finches, while mixed seed caters to different songbird species.
  • Peanuts are popular with jays, chickadees, titmice, and nuthatches, and they can be offered in platform feeders. Avoid seasoned, flavored, or coated nuts, as they are unsafe for wild birds.
  • Hang feeders in shaded areas to minimize seed spoiling and help keep birds cool, encouraging them to stay longer.
  • Choose mesh or open feeder styles that allow airflow and will dry out quicker if the seed gets damp.
  • Use baffles or covers to keep seed from getting soaked during rainstorms.
  1. Safety
  • Discourage neighborhood cats from visiting your yard to protect ground feeding birds and young fledglings.
  • Birds have a difficult time seeing glass. Instead, they see the reflection of the sky and plants. Protect birds from window strikes by positioning feeders carefully and using decals and/or anti-reflective techniques.
  • Discard any seed that has spoiled and clean your feeder to avoid spreading disease. You can follow our cleaning guide HERE.
  1. Water
  • Adding a freshwater source is one of the quickest ways to attract birds to your yard. Incorporate a birdbath or fountain to attract species that need water but do not frequently visit feeders. When refilling your birdbath, be sure to dump out stagnant water instead of just adding more.
  • Place water feature away from feeders to prevent any spilled seed from landing in the water.
  • Clean your birdbaths and fountains 2-3 times a week depending on how many birds are using it, or as soon as you see discoloration of the water.


Happy birding!


Myntz, Melissa 2019, Summer Bird Feeding, The Spruce, accessed 25 July 2019

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Combat fly season with Garlic

Essential Garlic Essence™ Dry can be combined into premixes, minerals or top dressed to cut fly counts on cattle, equine and swine. Garlic contains a natural sulphur compound which works as a natural insect repellent that is emitted through skin after consumption. For optimal results, start feeding 3 weeks prior to fly season to allow time for absorption.

Dry Garlic Essence has the effect of fresh garlic juice….made from garlic oil, not dried product, for the most effective and long lasting taste. Available in 20kg Pails, it is free-flowing and easy to use.

Benefits & Uses

  • Enhances palatability
  • Antibacterial, antimicrobial, aids in respiratory health
  • Can be fed all year round when included in a feed, supplement, mineral or salt to maintain a consistent taste to the animal in the feedstuff all year long

Feeding Rate:

  • Use at a 1-2 kg rate in complete feeds
  • Use at a 2-3 kg rate in supplements, minerals, and salts

Recommended Species:

Garlic in the News

Canadian Cattlemen | Garlic is worth its salt for fly control

The Western Producer | Rancher uses garlic to keep flies at bay

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Squirrels vs Bird Feeders

DETER or ACCEPT, which approach do you take with your squirrels?

1. Deterrence – BLOCK & SCHEME
There are several products on the market designed to help you keep squirrels out of bird feeders. Skip to Approach #2 if you struggle with patience. Approach #1 will likely require some trial and error. 

Here’s an overview of a few popular options:

    • Invest in a squirrel proof feeder. There is a number on the market to choose from. Cons: The squirrels trying to get into the feeder can scare the birds away.
    • Invest in a pole that is designed to prevent squirrels from climbing OR squirrel proof existing poles by attaching a Torpedo or Wrap Around Baffle. Note: Make sure that the baffle is placed high enough that the squirrels can’t jump past it!
    • Hang bird feeders in a hard to reach area. For example, string fishing line between 2 trees and hang the bird feeder in the middle. Make sure there are no branches close enough for the squirrels to jump from (min. 10 ft). Choose a wire gauge that is suitable for the weight of your feeder while full. Don’t opt for a rope as the squirrels can still traverse to the feeder.

Squirrels are relentless and don’t understand why they can’t have the delicious food you’ve put out. Even if you manage to keep squirrels from getting your birdseed, they are likely going to scare away the birds trying. Limiting which nature you attract into your yard is hard when birds and squirrels enjoy similar diets. You can, however, guide squirrels away from your birdseed by designating a zone for them! Our Account Manager, Larry, has shared his squirrel friendly setup below. He opts for peanuts in the feeders shared with squirrels and reserves birdseed for bird specific feeders.

Photo’s by Larry Bell, Account Manager, Pestell Minerals & Ingredients.

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Windsor Cobalt Block: New Blue Dye

New Blue, Same Mineral Composition

Windsor is changing the blue colour of their Cobalt Salt Block. The current food-grade colouring Windsor uses in their Cobalt Blocks has become scarce in supply globally. To prevent product shortages, they have sourced a new colouring agent to produce these blocks. Please be assured that NO MINERAL INGREDIENT CHANGES have been made.

You will begin to see the new-coloured block in your shipments shortly.

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Cold Soil = Low Phosphorus Availability

Phosphorus (P) availability is reduced in cold soils, and as you know, P is important for early root growth! 1

XiteBio Yield+ may help your dilemma with low P availability in cold soil by solubilizing soil-bound phosphate, converting it into a plant-usable form. XiteBio Yield+ can be applied infurrow with your starter fertilizer or with your early post herbicide spray.

The active ingredient is a unique patented strain of Bacillus firmus. This PGPR is a vigorous colonizer of plant roots with distinct phosphorus (P) solubilizing characteristics that work throughout the growing season to help plants maximize growth and cope with stress conditions.

Effect of XiteBio® Yield+ on Corn

Contact our Crop Inputs Account Manager, Dean Shantz at 519-662-2877 X.246 or complete the form below to schedule your delivery or for additional information.

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(1) Phosphorus Fertilization: Understanding Soil Chemistry and Crop
March 14, 2012, Dr. Don Flaten, University of Manitoba

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XiteBio® Yield+ Liquid Biologicals Powered by PGPR

XiteBio® Yield+ is an early post-emergent biological that can be tank-mixed with the herbicide application for the first pass at the 0-6 leaf stage or applied in-furrow. XiteBio® Yield+ products are based on a naturally occurring PGPR (Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria) platform, allowing for easy use and higher yields. XiteBio® Yield+ contains a unique strain of Bacillus firmus that utilizes three distinct modes of action to improve phosphorus availability and increase yields.

Please contact our Crop Inputs Account Manager, Dean Shantz at 519-662-2877 X.246 with any questions or for additional information.

Products currently available include:

  • XiteBio® Yield+ for Canola
  • XiteBio® Yield+ for Legumes
  • XiteBio® Yield+ for Corn, Wheat & Barley

Field Trials

The advantages of PGPR include

  • Ready to use liquid, no mixing with other liquids or powders required
  • Tank-mixable with most post-emergent herbicides and many liquid fertilizers
  • Convenient post emergent or in-furrow application options
  • Phosphorus solubilization that increases soil P availability and uptake
  • Production of plant growth phytohormones “e.g. IAA”
  • Siderophore production that chelates iron and increases availability
  • Improves early stage plant growth and nutrition
  • Reduces plant stress under poor environmental conditions
  • Increases root mass and development
  • Improves plant vigor and health
  • Earlier maturity and longer flowering
  • Increases yields and ROI

The science behind Yield+ technology

The mode of action is the way the a.i. (active ingredient) of the product affects the plant and its surrounding environment. XiteBio® Yield+ utilizes the following modes of action to help crops develop stronger root systems and better yields.

XiteBio® Yield+

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DOWNLOAD | Bird Feeder Cleaning Guide

Prevent feed from spoiling and development of diseases

Did you know feeders should be cleaned a minimum once per month?! Popular feeders may need to be cleaned more frequently. We’ve created a quick guide to walk you through the process.

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Beet Pulp FAQ

Beet Pulp FAQ

What is Beet Pulp?

Beet pulp is the fibrous portion of the sugar beet, left after the sugar and liquid has been removed. This by-product is supplied as either shreds or pellet form.

Does your Beet Pulp Pellets Plain contain molasses?

Although we do sell Beet Pulp Pellets with Molasses, our Beet Pulp Pellets Plain does not contain molasses. Please note that Beet Pulp Pellets with Molasses is a more expensive product.

What is the sugar levels of your Beet Pulp Pellets?

Our Beet Pulp Pellets Plain has a max sucrose level of 8% vs our Beet Pulp Pellets with Molasses has a max sucrose level of 12%.

Do you ever package Beet Pulp Pellets with Molasses in Beet Pulp Pellets Plain packaging?

No! Pestell Minerals & Ingredients is proudly HACCP, SQF and Safe Feed/Safe Food certified. To learn more about our quality assurance certificates, please visit our website.

How do you ensure that the product with Molasses doesn’t end up in the Plain bag?

We source our Beet Pulp Pellets Plain from separate suppliers than our Beet Pulp Pellets with Molasses. Additionally, these pellets are packaged in separate facilities which further eliminates any concern about product mix up or molasses contamination. Our Beet Pulp Shred products arrive bagged from our supplier.

Why is there colour variance from my last order?

How the pulp is processed can cause colour variance. Since we pull our product from multiple locations throughout the year, the different drying methods from each location can cause variation to the colour, odour and soak time (up to 24hrs).

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Negative DCAD Balancing with BIO-CHLOR

Negative DCAD Balancing with BIO-CHLOR

Less disease, smoother calving.

BIO-CHLOR™ is the only consistently formulated, palatable anion source that drives bacterial growth to support rumen function and produce metabolizable protein (MP). BIO-CHLOR delivers the negative DCAD required to consistently acidify cows and help prevent metabolic disorders.

Monitor urine pH to help prevent metabolic disorders.

  • Measuring urine pH is a tool to verify that cows are consistently consuming the negative DCAD diet that was formulated and delivered to the bunk
  • The lower the ration DCAD the lower the urine pH

NOTE: See our How-To Sheet on monitoring urine pH.

The BIO-CHLOR advantage:

  1. Supports dry matter intake (DMI) prepartum leading to less time diagnosing off-feed issues postpartum
  2. Smoother calvings with fewer metabolic disorders
  3. Fewer resources needed to diagnose and treat subclinical/clinical issues

BIO-CHLOR helps stop milk fever before it starts.

DCAD balancing: proven.

The close-up ration helps set the stage for optimal performance in the upcoming lactation. One proven nutritional tool during transition is dietary cation-anion difference (DCAD) balancing.

Spend less time dealing with disorders.

A healthier herd with BIO-CHLOR.

Cows fed BIO-CHLOR at least 21 days prepartum experienced:1

  • 84.6% fewer cases of milk fever
  • 65.9% reduction in retained placentas
  • 71.0% fewer uterine infections

MP: the healthy way to achieve efficiency.

Deliver more MP with the ideal amino acid profile.

MP is the form of protein that’s digested postruminally and supplies essential amino acids which are vital to dairy cow maintenance and productivity.

Improved Protein Status

  • Reduce metabolic disease
  • Improved immune function
  • Greater start-up milks

Boost milk yield.

In two different studies, cows fed BIO-CHLOR 21 days prepartum showed improved milk production compared to the control diet.3,4

Recommended feeding rates.

Feeding rates will vary and are approximately 1.5 to 2.0 lbs. per cow per day.

  • Obtain DCAD forage analysis by wet chemistry and test water supply to determine chloride, potassium, sodium and sulfur levels which can vary by water source and could affect DCAD levels
  • Optimum DCAD range for prepartum cows is -8 to -12 meq/100g dry matter
  • Feed BIO-CHLOR™ as a primary MP source in prepartum cow diets


NOTE: For more details on formulating ration DCAD, ask your Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition representative about our How-To Sheets for balancing negative and positive DCAD diets.

Who Doesn't Want To

Prevent Metabolic Disorders?

Great Minds Think Alike.

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We use scientific research to unlock the power of nature to create products that focus on your Animals First. Productivity Always. To learn more about MEGALAC contact your nutritionist, veterinarian or Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition representative or visit

1. Robert Corbett. ARM & HAMMER™ Animal Nutrition, 2001. Data on file.
2. Weich W, Block E, Litherland, NB. Extended negative dietary cation-anion difference feeding does not negatively affect postpartum performance of multiparous dairy cows. J Dairy Sci 2013;96:5780-5792.
3. Hoover, Webster. Difference in feed intake pre- and postpartum, urine pH prepartum, and difference in production parameters postpartum for cows fed a control diet vs. a BIO-CHLOR containing diet (DCAD -10 meq/100 g DM) for 21 days pre-partum. ADSA Abstract, 1998.
4. DeGroot MA, Block E, French PD. Effect of prepartum anionic supplementation on periparturient feed intake, health, and milk production. J Dairy Sci 2010:93:5268–5279.
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