Ensuring that transition and early lactation cows get off to the best start requires close attention to detail. So UFAC has launched a supplement that has been formulated to meet their specific nutritional requirements.
“We expect a transition cow to achieve an enormous amount in a very short time,” says the company’s Mike Chown.
“They have to safely deliver a calf and recover. We then expect them to start eating significantly more, and go from zero milk production to producing a significant volume of milk with good solids, all within a short time frame. And we ask them to do all of this without suffering any metabolic disorders along the way.
He explains that Utopia is a supplement that combines glycerine, fatty acids, amino acids, and minerals to help improve health, productivity, and fertility in transition and high yielding cows, by focusing on four key areas.
“Early lactation cows have a high demand for glucose, which accounts for 70% of their energy needs,” he says.
“Glucose drives milk production, but is also vital as the fuel for the immune system in the event of a disease challenge.
“This supplement contains rumen-inert glycerine, the most efficient source for glucose production by the liver.”
A balanced blend of highly digestible rumen inert fatty acids boosts energy density and help reduce body condition loss, while choline helps keep the liver healthy and efficient to reduce the risk of ketosis.
The ability to fight infections quickly and efficiently during transition is vital, so the supplement also contains high levels of vitamin E and organic selenium to help reduce oxidative stress and the risk of infection.
The inclusion of the long chain omega 3s, EPA, and DHA from the most effective marine sources also helps to strengthen the overall immune response and plays a crucial role in fertility, increasing the size and quality of eggs, leading to improved conception rates and reduced early embryonic deaths.
“Transition cows also need a supply of essential amino acids and the performance of everything is determined by the first amino acid to be limiting,” adds Mr Chown.
“If any amino acid is limiting, the consequence will be yield depression, reduced milk protein, and compromised fertility. In most transition diets this is methionine, so this supplement supplies it in a highly effective rumen-inert form.”