Mineralisation during drying-off period
A dry cow feed should contain a negative anion-cation balance to trigger the process of bone calcium release and reduce the risk of milk fever (hypocalcaemia).
Covering the cow’s needs in terms of minerals, trace elements and vitamins at the end of gestation is essential for successful calving, rapid placenta expulsion (delivery) and synthesis of good quality colostrum which will immunise the new-born.
– Vitaform HP Tarie: A special “dry cow” mineral formula
– Vitacarte Biocell Tarie: A special “dry cow” mineral formula for feeds based on silage maize, rapeseed cake and straw
– TariPro: Specific mineralised nitrogen for balancing dry cow feeds
In the final weeks of gestation and the first month of lactation, a dairy cow’s needs are so great that she systematically suffers from energy deficiency. The objective is to raise her glycaemia again in order to prevent acetonaemia or ketosis, which affects production and fertility performance.
– Liquid Glycoline: A cocktail of glucose precursors based on monopropylene glycol. Packaging: 5, 10, 30, 60, 220 to 1000 L
– Granulated Glycoline: A cocktail of glucose precursors based on supported and granulated monopropylene glycol. Packaging: 25 kg bag
Effects of Glycoline:
– Greater appetite (+1.5 kg of DMI/d)
– More milk (+ 3 L at peak, or +600 L/lactation)
– Reduction in calving – successful AI interval
Incorporating protected fat into the feed or concentrated feed distributor increases the energy level of nutritional intake, without the risk of acidosis, with an effect on production, fat cover and fertility.
Supplementing a ration with plant-based bypass fat concentrates its energy content, which is the main limiting factor. Unobtrusive and non-acidogenic, protected fat provides support for the energy needs of bovines starting lactation or during growth peaks.
– Vitafat: Hydrogenated palm oil, 3.7 FU/kg in meal form, 3 FU/kg in granulated form
– Végélin: Hydrogenated palm oil and extruded flax seed, 2.8 FU/kg in meal form and 2.4 FU/kg in granulated form.
Effects of Vitafat/Végélin:
– Less loss of fat cover
– Support for milk protein content and maintenance of milk fat content
– More milk (+ 5 to 10%)
– Reduction of interval between Calving – 1st heat
Drenching rehydrates the cow and gives her calcium, potassium, magnesium, trace elements and vitamins in a large volume of warm water. Performed immediately after calving, it enables rapid filling of the rumen, which then takes up greater space in the abdomen, reducing the risk of abomasal displacement.
– Vitadrench: Feed supplement rich in electrolytes, vitamins and live yeast, diluted in
25 L of warm water, with a glucose precursor added if possible (Glycoline). Packaged in a
10 kg bucket. Administration by drenching.
– Drenching pump: Simple, sturdy device composed of a bucket and lid, equipped with a manual pump feeding a flexible probe to be introduced via the oesophagus (after fitting a cannula ring) into the rumen.
Effects of drenching with Vitadrench:
– Increases energy
– Stimulates ingestion
– Reduces risk of abomasal displacement, milk fever, non-delivery, acetonaemia (ketosis)
Drenching allows the cow and its rumen to be refreshed after calving, mastitis or trauma, by administering it with several dozen litres of warm water containing electrolytes, yeast and glucose precursors.
Watch a cow being drenched