Complementary feed (in compressed Bolus form) for dairy cows. Contains active essential oils such as oregano oil and peppermint oil and natural minerals and trace elements such as iron, selenium, cobalt, zinc and iodine. Helps with e.g. udder and uterine problems. Up to 50% cost-savings, completely natural product. Up to 7 days of gradual mineral delivery. Essential oils are volatile compounds extracted from specific plants or plant parts. Obtained via steam or solvent distillation, sometimes aided by enzymatic processes, their biologically active components include terpenes, phenylpropanes, isoflavones, diallyl disulfide and others.
When to use the product?
A substantial increase has been visible in the use of essential oils as feed additives in cattle nutrition. One of the main reasons for this trend is to substitute antibiotics, which have been banned as feed additives in the European Union since 2006 because they are suspected of contributing substantially to increasing resistance among human pathogens.
How does the product work?
Different blends of essential oils are supplemented to dairy cows to enhance pre-fresh, fresh-cow and early lactation intakes. The supplementation of these oils tend to have a positive influence on dry matter intake (DMI) and rumen bacterial flora helps minimize the negative energy balance in transition cows and EO can also help avoid the occurrences of metabolic and infectious disease challenges that make up the fresh-cow complex (Karnezos, 2010). Research has shown so far that the use of essential oils for ruminant production can be divided into the following categories:
Stimulation of rumen fermentations.
Inhibition of methanogenesis.
Modification of the production of and profile of the ruminal volatile fatty acid (VFA), nitrogen metabolism or both.
Why is this product advantageous?
Selenium: extensive evidence supports a critical role for selenium (Se) in protection of the body from infection. Selenium deficiency causes white muscle disease in newborn calves. Selenium deficiency can also cause calves to be weak at birth.
Cobalt: cobalt functions as a component of vitamin B-12, which is synthesized in the rumen by bacteria. The primary deficiency symptom is loss of appetite and poor growth. High-grain diets require more cobalt than forage-based diets, and cobalt should always be included in the mineral mix when feeding grain-based diets.
Iron: iron is primarily required for the formation of hemoglobin. Deficiency symptoms include anemia, depressed immunity and decreased weight gains.
Zinc: zinc is a component of many enzymes and is important for immunity, male reproduction, and skin and hoof health. Cattle have a limited ability to store zinc and supplementation is always necessary.
Oregano oil: in conclusion the addition of oregano essential oil in dairy cow diets stimulated milk fat production and increased energy corrected milk yield in high milk producing dairy cows (Stellenbosch University). Oregano has a good antioxidant capacity and also presents antimicrobial activity against pathogenic microorganisms like Salmonella typhimurium, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis, among others.
Lithothamne, vegetable fats of coleseed, calcium stearate. Feed Additives: Flavouring compounds: mixture of flavouring compounds.
Remove the plastic around the bolus.
Shoot one Condition Bolus in the mouth with the special bolus shooter, available in our webshop.
If necessary use a second bolus, after 1 week.