Last updated on May 3rd, 2022 at 10:12 am

Mike Stark of Spring Creek Ranch in Baker, Montana gives his feedback on Riomax.

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“We run a ranch in southeast Montana. We’re currently running about 450 head of mama cows and about 200 head of replacement heifer calves out of our own herd. 

We come across Riomax®, we called and asked about it. At the time I was kind of skeptical of pricing and putting that much money into a program. We went on with it, and found results within about two months of using it. Rio ensured us that it's a results-based tub. 

It was probably one of the first times in all the years of running cattle that we actually were seeing results that easily. So we became very impressed with that product at that point, and we've used it ever since. We've been on it for approximately five years and have seen some very good results. 

Big hay savings, good breed up in our cattle, better weight gains. We see the contentedness of our cattle has really changed along with that, and the manageability of them. The labor going into those cattle is way less than what we were doing before. We've been able to eliminate the timing window of when we put out certain products with all the tools that are in the Rio tub. That's the biggest thing that I have seen, being able to get rid of that timing challenge. Now that we have everything in one tub and it's fed year-round, we got rid of that timing guess. 

I think the hardest part with selling Rio, and it took me a long time to get used to it, was getting my mind over that threshold and staying in that focal point of indirect feeding; learning to work with the customer with what they have on hand to feed and working with their feed products that they already have bought and put in place on their ranches. Whether it be their grass, their hay, cake, corn, whatever they have, you're learning to work with those feeds.”

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“It’s simple, it’s easy, it’s cost-effective.“

“It’s simple, it’s easy, it’s cost-effective.“

Chad Ledbetter
Okmulgee, OK

“Rio is paying for itself tenfold in our program.“

“Rio is paying for itself tenfold in our program.“

Josh Freiberger
Alliance, NE

“We only fed hay for 16 days last winter – they were very content.“

“We only fed hay for 16 days last winter – they were very content.“

Arno Doerksen
Gem, AB

“Went from 40 acres/cow in this drought to 30 acres/cow – that’s $70/cow/year!“

“Went from 40 acres/cow in this drought to 30 acres/cow – that’s $70/cow/year!“

Raymond Rivale
Des Moines, NM

“There’s several ways that Rio pays for itself. One big one is hay savings.“

“There’s several ways that Rio pays for itself. One big one is hay savings.“

Brian Dawson
Boulder, MT

“With hay savings alone they’ll easily pay for themselves.“

“With hay savings alone they’ll easily pay for themselves.“

Clint Ebel
Herreid, SD

“Pays for itself just in the forage savings.“

“Pays for itself just in the forage savings.“

Boone Huffman
Chadron, NE

“Figuring 30% hay savings is huge – it’s saved our cow-herd during this drought.“

“Figuring 30% hay savings is huge – it’s saved our cow-herd during this drought.“

Buck Rich
Okemah, OK

“Compared to average of 450-500 lb in this country, we wean 600-650 lb calves.“

“Compared to average of 450-500 lb in this country, we wean 600-650 lb calves.“

Carter Williams
Willcox, AZ

“I wouldn’t be using it if it didn’t pay for itself. I’m a cheapskate by nature.“

“I wouldn’t be using it if it didn’t pay for itself. I’m a cheapskate by nature.“

Kim Siebert
Henderson, NE

“The proof is in the pudding – conception rates, feed utilization.“

“The proof is in the pudding – conception rates, feed utilization.“

Tom Schnabel
Eureka, SD

“Main thing is stretching poor quality feeds – cattle are always content.“

“Main thing is stretching poor quality feeds – cattle are always content.“

Dustin Heitkamp
Wyndmere, ND

“We’ve been feeding Riomax® for 4 years now – we’ll continue – it pays for itself.“

“We’ve been feeding Riomax® for 4 years now – we’ll continue – it pays for itself.“

Tom Perkins
McIntosh, NM

“The cost gets offset with better conception rates, less hay costs.“

“The cost gets offset with better conception rates, less hay costs.“

Alan Ista
Hulett, WY

“They pay for themselves in conception rates and feed conversion.“

“They pay for themselves in conception rates and feed conversion.“

Will Stafford
Holdenville, OK

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