Added: 24th May 2016
Post calving energy boost
All the metabolic changes that occur around calving may lead to a serious drop in dry matter intake, therefore to maintain the performance of the herd and keep cows in the right condition, a good start after calving is essential.
Most important changes that occur during calving
Changes in fluid and electrolyte balance
Directly before and during calving, cows don’t eat and drink, but they do lose water and electrolytes. This may make them listless, reducing their intake of dry matter.
Rapid increase in calcium demand
Colostrum and milk contain large quantities of calcium, so the amount of calcium a cow needs directly after calving increases dramatically. Their bodies try to meet this need by increasing the uptake of calcium from their diet and by releasing calcium from their bones. If they’re not successful with this process cows can develop milk fever. Even cows that don’t show visible signs of milk fever can still have low calcium levels in their blood, which also reduces their dry matter intake.
Negative energy balance
At the start of lactation most cows are in what’s known as negative energy balance. They try to compensate for this by using up body fat. This changes their metabolism which may result in ketosis later in lactation. To avoid problems it’s important for cows to increase their dry matter intake as soon as possible after calving.
Restore nutrient balance after calving
TRANSLAC HydroBoost contains electrolytes, calcium and energy, everything a cow needs to quickly restore its nutrient balance after calving and to increase its blood calcium levels. TRANSLAC HydroBoost also stimulates dry matter intake after calving which helps in maintaining good milk production and body condition
Providing TRANSLAC HydroBoost the palatable energy drink immediately after calving will:-
- Quickly rehydrate and replenish mineral loss in the cow and help to keep blood calcium at normal levels.
- Help the cow to restore its nutrient balance after calving.
- Increase the cow’s activity and forage intake.
How to feed TRANSLAC HydroBoost
When to use
Provide TRANSLAC HydroBoost to the cow directly after calving.
Directions for use :-
Mix 1kg of TRANSLAC HydroBoost powder with 10 litres of hot water (40-45°C). The solution will turn orange. Once dissolved, add 10 litres of cold water to achieve a drinking temperature around 25-30°C. Provide 20 litres of the lukewarm TRANSLAC HydroBoost solution to the cow once within 30 minutes after calving and before it is given free access to water.
A further dose may be offered after 24 hours if the cow is still weak or appetite is poor.
Dextrose, Whey powder, Calcium carbonate, Sodium chloride, Wheat, Sodium bicarbonate, Whey protein, Cocos oil, Palm oil, Monopotassium phosphate, Sunflower oil.
Due to its higher content of vitamin D3 compared to complete feeds this complementary feed cannot be fed more than 1.5kg per dairy cow per day
TRANSLAC HydroBoost Available in re-sealable 20kg buckets
Call your account manager on 01359 272951
Magnesium Supplementation – SPECIAL OFFER
Added: 4th March 2016
Magnesium deficiency – don’t stagger into spring!
We have the right solution for your farm call 01359 272951 to discuss your requirements
- Magnesium plays an important role in nerve function, deficiency leads to problems resulting in grass staggers (hypomagnesaemia).
- Spring grass is low in available Mag, this is due to rapid growth and lock up of potash.
- Generally excess Mag in the diet cannot be stored and there is only around 4 grams circulating in the blood.
- It is important to provide a regular supply, as Mag fed in the morning can be used up by the afternoon.
- To maintain 4g Mg circulating in blood a regular daily dietary supply totalling 25-50g per cow per day is essential.
- Salt (sodium chloride) can also enhance Mag uptake from the rumen so it is important to ensure adequate levels in the total diet
Mag Chloride Flakes
Dissolve 250g in 100 litres of water to provide 30g/h/d of Magnesium.
Ensure no access to any other water source. This should be used as a quick fix and generally is not seen as a long term solution.
This is due to the variations in water intakes according to weather conditions.
Calcined Magnesite (magnesium oxide)
Does not contain calcium, add to buffer feed at 50g/h/d to provide 30g/h/d. Can be very unpalatable recommended use as In Feed only.
Hi Mag Buckets
Very palatable Molasses based bucket. With highly available source of Magnesium.
A convenient 24/7 supplement to ensure animals have access during higher risk periods through the day.
Option of added copper available for cattle. Soil association approved buckets available for organic systems.
Added: 3rd March 2016
Splendid Sodium Bicarbonate Sale
Call 01359 272951 for details – Limited tonnage – don’t miss out!
Why use Sodium Bicarbonate?
- Improved forage intakes
- Effective fibre digestion
- Higher milk yields
- Enhanced milk quality
- Increased butterfat
- Improved feed conversion and live weight gain
Guideline feed rates:
Dairy 200-250 g/h/day
Beef 100-150 g/h/day (Silage based ration)
Beef 1-1.5% inclusion (cereal based ration)
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