Categories: Animals

cows_dairy_twoOn the productive beef enterprise, every cow must raise a calf a year, and she must reach an ideal weight to start her reproductive life at the right age, then continue this reproductive life as long as possible.

Repeated pregnancy and lactations take their toll on the mother, and she can become depleted very easily.

It can be difficult to supplement cattle on dams out on pasture with an oral liquid supplement such as Anitone, and therefore good pasture management, plus the use of high quality free choice licks when necessary is most practical in these conditions. However, wherever it is possible to water cattle via troughs, it is possible to use Anitone in the watering systems at low and regular doses to gain the benefit of the humates and array of 60 trace minerals, which would be rarely contained in pasture. Many producers running cattle in dry climates choose to add Anitone to the watering troughs during the hot summer months.

Anitone can also be added to any mixed rations, or poured over hay, and will be readily consumed because the cattle just love the smell of it and will seek it out readily.

Anitone can be very useful in the feedlot, as it may work alongside the formulated ration to assist to counteract acidosis when the cattle first come in, and also to assist to calm them mentally to accept their new environment.

Trials are underway to document the numerous reports from farmers that have observed that Anitone has greatly assisted increasing weight gains and overall feed conversion. Anitone may also be used as a pick up for any sick or stressed cattle, especially after difficult calving’s, or for supporting recovery from respiratory infections and other illness. It is also ideal for any scouring young calves, and whenever cattle have been stressed by weaning, illness or transport. Anitone is also useful to assist finishing bulls for bull sales and for preparing show cattle and under these circumstances is easily added to their feed ration daily.

DOSAGES

  • Cattle over 300kg – 20-40mls daily Give 50mls daily if stressed or sick
  • Cattle/Calves under 300kg – 10-20mls daily
  • IN WATER at 2mls/litre]
  • In TMR (Total Mixed Rations) use at 2%Dairy Cattle

Dairy cattle nutrition is cutting edge by necessity because it is required to drive high production together with maximum longevity. Maximum growth for the dairy heifer, maximum fertility and maximum length of lactation are all big demands on nature and cow physiology, not made any easier in an industry that is extremely sensitive to global economics in tandem with seasonal variations of climate affecting cost of grain and overall production.

Under intense production pressure, dairy cows are also very prone to stress from environmental conditions such as social crowding due to high stocking rates and climatic extremes such as heat and wind chill.

They must be maintained on high concentrate diets to support the extreme energy demand for lactation, and therefore have very high requirements of both minerals and fat soluble vitamins A, D and E and sometimes simply cannot eat enough to get these requirements out of their diet.

In any dairy herd there are tail enders who are struggling to keep up, together with the casualties from difficult births that can occur in less than ideal environmental conditions. Therefore, Anitone is a truly useful tool to have on hand for the dairy farmers as it has nil with holding period and can be safely given to any milking cows or calves as a pick up and wonderful stress buffer.

Anitone can be easily dosed over the tongue or is highly palatable in feed, and therefore is very useful for any cows coming into the herd who need a lift, especially those that might be a little inappetant or depressed after calving. For dairy calves it can be easily added to the milk and can help relieve scouring and boost the immune system. The huge array of nutrients in Anitone help to support beneficial gut microbes, and this immediately increases wellbeing and general demeanour.

As appetite improves, the animal recovers.

Anitone is a super food supplement and not a complete feed, and is not designed to replace good quality pellets and feed sources, but rather to complement them by nourishing gut micro flora so that they can better digest and assimilate the daily ration fed. There is no danger of over supplementing with Anitone as all the chelated minerals it contains are presented are in the same biological form as the plants that made them originally, and therefore can be easily absorbed or excreted accordingly. In animals under high production stress it is always difficult to know if all their dietary needs are being met, but using Anitone regularly in these situations helps to cover all bases. Anitone was originally developed to help to stimulate the appetite of highly stressed thoroughbred racehorses suffering from ulcers, and these animals are not so different in that their metabolism is pushed to their physical limits, in a similar level of demand as on the modern dairy cow.

DOSAGES

  • Cattle over 300kg – 20ml daily, or as often as possible. If stressed or sick, give
  • 50mls daily
  • Cattle under 300kg – 10-20mls daily, or as often as possible
  • Calves – 5-10mls daily
  • In water – 2mls per litre – can be added to trough where cows drink as leave the dairy if require to

dose whole herd

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Posted on Jan 7, 2014

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