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 pickup 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 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 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.
- Cattle over 300kg – 60ml daily, or as often as possible. If stressed or sick, give 100mls daily
- Cattle under 300kg – 30mls daily, or as often as possible
- Calves – 10mls daily
- In water – 2mls per litre – can be added to trough where cows drink