Bio-Vet Introduces Biostart microbial paste (Nutrition)
Bio-Vet Inc. has introduced its new Biostart microbial and vitamin paste. Biostart paste contains high levels of live, beneficial microbial strains, enzymes, vitamins and nutritional ingredients. Biostart paste may be fed to beef and dairy cattle and calves, sheep, goats and horses. All ingredients may be considered for “certified organic” use.
New heifer management program (Calf Care)
Novartis Animal Health has introduced a new heifer management program called Healthy Heifer. Healthy Heifer is designed specifically to maximize the long term value of dairy replacement heifers through established health and management protocols. The program works to ensure heifers are well-prepared for a highly productive and profitable role on the dairy. Healthy Heifer is a veterinarian-verified management program that enables dairy heifers to reach their full genetic and reproductive potential by minimizing disease challenges. The program emphasizes prevention, rather than treatment, in order to reduce the risk of disease and other health setbacks that frequently inhibit heifer growth and reproductive performance. Healthy Heifer also focuses on proactively addressing environmental and management factors that have a direct effect on heifer development and performance.
Semex, Micro Dairy Logic team to offer 24-hour heat detection (Reproduction)
The system is available as a stand-alone device for herds under 600 cows, or as Heatime designed for the PC for herds over 600 cows. Both systems collect activity information on cows to determine normal activity levels. Once this base level is established, the control unit identifies cows that are displaying above or below average activity. The system is available with easy-to-use interfaces in English, Spanish and Dutch, enabling the user to review activity for each cow up to 60 days, or through her last two cycles.
Hubbard Feeds adds OptiPass Nutrients to Product Lineup (Nutrition)
Hubbard Feeds has announced the addition of a new line of encapsulated nutritional supplements. OptiPass Methionine, OptiPass Lysine, OptiPass Choline and OptiPass Multi-B are now part of Hubbard’s supplement portfolio. The encapsulation on each of these four nutrients allows for passage through the rumen to the small intestine where the cow can optimally utilize it. Each of the four OptiPass nutrients are coated using a unique encapsulation process called Micropearls. Micropearls is a spray freezing technique that uses very low temperatures (minus 76 degrees F) to embed the ingredients in a vegetable polymer matrix that results in a microgranule resistant to degradation in the rumen. Once past the rumen, the microgranules are subject to normal digestive processes in the abomasum and small intestine, allowing for release and absorption of the nutrients.