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New Cow Research Reconfirms Heat Stress Effects Reduced by Feeding Dairy Cows OmniGen-AF®

New Cow Research Reconfirms Heat Stress Effects Reduced by Feeding Dairy Cows OmniGen-AF®

QUINCY, Illinois (Oct. 12, 2016) – A new research study conducted at the University of Florida has demonstrated that feeding the nutritional supplement, OmniGen-AF, helps protect dairy cows from the negative effects of heat stress during the dry period.

Previous research has shown that OmniGen-AF, by supporting dairy cow immune function, helps reduce the negative impacts of heat stress in lactating cows, including lower respiration rates, lower rectal temperature and higher dry matter intake. The new study, conducted at the University of Florida, showed similar benefits for heat-stressed dry cows – results which were not previously known.

The latest research involved four cow groups for a 160-day study period. During the 45-day dry period, two groups had heat-stressed cows with only shade for protection, with and without OmniGen-AF, and two groups had cows cooled with shade, fans and sprinklers, also with and without OmniGen-AF. Cows were fed OmniGen-AF before, during and after the dry period. After calving, all cows were moved to the cooled environment. Results showed that, compared to the heat-stressed control group, the OmniGen-AF-fed cows had:

• Lower respiration rates
• Higher body weight at calving
• Higher milk yields

“Results from this study suggest that dry cows express less heat stress when fed OmniGen-AF,” said Geoffrey Dahl, Ph.D., a participant in the research who serves as professor and chairman of animal science at the University of Florida. “Active cooling of dry cows and supporting cow diets with OmniGen-AF helped reduce the negative effects of heat stress in the dry cow period.”

Dahl discussed the study at a seminar presented by Phibro Animal Health Corporation,
manufacturer of OmniGen-AF, for attendees at the 2016 World Dairy Expo.

Study participant David Kirk, Ph.D., dairy technology manager with Phibro Animal Health, said
another significant result was that heat-stressed animals fed OmniGen-AF during the dry period
produced milk at very similar levels as cows that were cooled during the dry period.

To learn more about how OmniGen-AF can help improve dairy cow health and performance
during periods of heat stress, visit TheOmniGenDifference.comor contact your local Phibro
Animal Health representative.

About PhibroAnimal HealthCorporation
Phibro Animal Health Corporation is a diversified global developer, manufacturer and marketer of
a broad range of animal health andmineral nutrition products for use in the production of poultry,
swine, cattle, dairy and aquaculture. For more information, visit pahc.com.

Media Contacts:
Stephanie Meyers, Osborn Barr
717-514-0334
stephanie.meyers@osbornbarr.com

Michelle Watts, Phibro Animal Health Corp.
217-592-1316
michelle.watts@pahc.com

Phibro Animal Health Introduces OmniGen-AF® for Canadian Dairy Cattle Market

Phibro Animal Health Introduces OmniGen-AF® for Canadian Dairy Cattle Market

QUINCY, Ill. (April 14, 2016) – OmniGen-AF®, a unique patented product that helps support the immune function in dry, pre-fresh and lactating dairy cattle, has been introduced throughout Canada by Phibro Animal Health Corporation.

Dairy cows face expected and unexpected stress events year-round. Stress factors may include the demands of pregnancy and calving, the onset of lactation, feed quality challenges, weather changes or extremes and disease or pathogen challenges. OmniGen-AF is recommended to be fed daily.

Research conducted at universities in the United States and other countries and by Phibro, along with numerous field studies, has shown that OmniGen-AF works to help support the innate immune system. Healthy immune function may result in fewer health events, such as mastitis and metritis, and in turn may lead to higher milk production and fewer unplanned culls.

“For several years, OmniGen-AF demand has been growing in the United States and other countries as dairy owners seek solutions for improved herd health and productivity,” said product manager Rod Isham. “We are pleased to bring OmniGen-AF to Canada, where there is strong interest by dairy producers in optimizing their results.”

Isham noted that OmniGen-AF may be included in pelleted or non-pelleted complete and concentrate dairy feeds, dairy premixes or added directly into total mixed rations. For additional information, Canadian dairy producers can contact a Phibro Dairy Technical Specialist or visit TheOmniGenDifference.com to review key technical resources, view videos on key research and field studies and view producer testimonials.

Phibro currently markets OmniGen-AF in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Belgium, France, China, Japan, South Korea, Turkey and Israel.

About Phibro Animal Health Corporation
Phibro Animal Health Corporation is a diversified global developer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of animal health and mineral nutrition products for use in the production of poultry, swine, cattle, dairy and aquaculture. For more information, visit pahc.com.

Media Contacts:

Randy Myers, Osborn Barr
314-497-2105
randy.myers@osbornbarr.com

Rod Isham, Phibro Animal Health Corp.
217-416-9575
rod.isham@pahc.com

Phibro Introduces New Mobile App to Evaluate Profit Impact of Supporting Herd Health

Phibro Introduces New Mobile App to Evaluate Profit Impact of Supporting Herd Health

QUINCY, Ill. (Jan. 14, 2016) – Dairy herd health issues can significantly impact producers’ bottom line, which is especially challenging during lower milk prices.

Phibro Animal Health Corporation has developed a new mobile app to demonstrate how implementing strategies to support normal immune function may lower the risk of typical herd health events and create more profit potential.

The app calculates the potential impact of feeding Phibro’s OmniGen-AF® nutritional specialty product, based on national herd record analysis by Phibro and taking into account the typical costs for issues like mastitis and metritis as well as health-related cull and death loss.

Phibro continues to conduct a multi-year study called the “Immunity Challenge” and has evaluated the health and production records of hundreds of dairies across North America.  The Immunity Challenge study, combined with university research and other controlled field studies, shows that OmniGen-AF helps support normal immune function in dairy cattle against year-round stress factors. Having a healthy immune system may result in significant reductions in major health issues, such as mastitis and metritis, lower somatic cell counts and cows spending more days per lactation in the milking string.

Daily feeding of OmniGen-AF costs about $55 per cow, per year. Years of analysis shows that adding it to all dairy rations may increase gross profits by $300* or more per cow, per year.

“With dairies under pressure because of lower milk prices, our new app is designed to illustrate to producers and their nutritionists how incorporating OmniGen-AF can help lower costs through improved herd health and productivity,” said Rod Isham, OmniGen-AF product manager. “Healthier cows will have more days producing high quality milk and require less time and cost to treat health and disease issues.”

Isham said the app will be used in all dairy situations and is an exciting new tool for Phibro’s dairy technical specialists to use with producers and nutritionists in evaluating the OmniGen-AF difference.

For more information or to contact a local Phibro dairy technology specialist, visit TheOmniGenDifference.com.

About Phibro Animal Health Corporation

Phibro Animal Health Corporation is a diversified global developer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of animal health and mineral nutrition products for use in the production of poultry, swine, cattle, dairy and aquaculture. For more information, visit pahc.com.

*The value portrayed is not a guarantee and should be considered only as a guideline for potential savings. Results based on recommended feeding directions.

Media Contacts:

Stephanie Meyers, Osborn Barr
717-514-0334
stephanie.meyers@osbornbarr.com

 

Michelle Watts, Phibro Animal Health Corp.
217-592-1316
michelle.watts@pahc.com

Transition Cow Health Expert Shares Research and Management Tips

Transition Cow Health Expert Shares Research and Management Tips

QUINCY, Ill. (Oct. 21, 2015) – Dairy producers should change their expectations for transition dairy cow performance and not accept these animals as a high health risk, but rather an opportunity for high milk production, good health and optimal fertility, according to Tom Overton, Ph.D., professor of dairy management and director of the PRO-DAIRY Program at Cornell University. Dr. Overton maintains that achieving all three benefits can be a realistic expectation for transition cows.

Addressing nutritionists, veterinarians and dairy producers at this fall’s World Dairy Expo, Dr. Overton said transition period goals should include high milk production and a low incidence of metabolic disorders around the time of calving. Achieving these objectives, he said, requires properly managing energy metabolism, blood calcium and immune function of transition cows.

According to Dr. Overton, key components of transition cow nutrition programs should include:

  • Tight control of macrominerals in cow diets as they approach calving.
  • Control of energy intakes both in far-off and close-up groups.
  • Excellent feed management to ensure accurate ration implementation and prevention of TMR sorting.
  • Focus on ration fermentability during the fresh period.

Protecting immune function

Subclinical hypocalcemia (SCH), or low blood calcium without symptoms of clinical milk fever, during the transition period contributes to impaired immune function, delayed reproduction and other metabolic disorders. Dr. Overton emphasized the need for real-time blood monitoring at the herd and cow level using physiological markers and technology. He also described a negative dietary cation-anion difference (DCAD) diet fed to prepartum cows as one of the most effective strategies to help reduce the risk of both clinical milk fever and SCH, which in turn may lead to improved immune function.

Dr. Overton’s research has demonstrated the success of an aggressive DCAD strategy with the use of anionic supplementation. This feeding strategy has been shown to increase post-calving blood calcium, feed intakes and milk production. Dr. Overton recommends feeding a negative DCAD diet prepartum, fully acidified to a urine pH between 5.5 and 6.0, with 180 grams of calcium.

“We have learned and implemented a lot in the last 10 to 15 years, but there is more opportunity to improve transition cow success,” Dr. Overton said. “This includes managing hypocalcemia, controlling energy intake precalving, proper feed management and managing the non-nutritional factors.”

Dr. Overton’s presentation at World Dairy Expo was sponsored by Phibro Animal Health Corporation, which offers two nutritional specialty products that help promote transition cow health: Animate®, a palatable source of supplemental anions that may help reduce the risk of hypocalcemia when fed as part of a negative DCAD prepartum diet, while also maintaining dry matter intake; and OmniGen-AF®, which helps support normal dairy cow immune function in the face of expected and unexpected stress events year-round.

Dr. Overton is recognized nationally and internationally for his research and extension efforts relating to metabolism, immune function and nutritional physiology of the transition cow. He has authored or coauthored more than 70 peer-reviewed scientific publications and numerous technical articles for conference proceedings, extension publications and popular press articles.

About Phibro Animal Health Corporation

Phibro Animal Health Corporation is a diversified global developer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of animal health and mineral nutrition products for use in the production of poultry, swine, cattle, dairy and aquaculture. For more information, visit pahc.com.

Media Contacts:

Stephanie Meyers, Osborn Barr
717-514-0334
stephanie.meyers@osbornbarr.com

 

Michelle Watts, Phibro Animal Health Corp.
217-592-1316
michelle.watts@pahc.com

Editor’s note: High-resolution jpg of Dr. Tom Overton available by request.

Research Demonstrates Benefits of OmniGen-AF® in Protecting Lactating Dairy Cows during Heat Stress

Research Demonstrates Benefits of OmniGen-AF® in Protecting Lactating Dairy Cows during Heat Stress

Poster presentation selected as “Presidential Pick” at ADSA-ASAS meeting

QUINCY, Ill. (July 21, 2015) – Reducing dairy cow stress and maintaining good health is essential to help sustain a consistent and high level of milk yield. A research study presented at the American Dairy Science Association – American Society of Animal Science Joint Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, demonstrated that the nutritional specialty product OmniGen-AF®,  from Phibro Animal Health Corporation, can help protect dairy cows from the effects of heat stress by supporting normal immune function.

The research was presented by Nicole Burdick Sanchez et al., (#T25) and was selected as a “Presidential Pick” at the meeting by Debra Aaron, Ph.D., ASAS President and University of Kentucky animal sciences professor. The heat stress poster presentation was one of just 16 studies to receive this prestigious honor from more than 1,500 abstracts presented at the meeting.

The objective of the research was to study the differences in response of OmniGen-AF- fed dairy cows to various hormonal challenges when housed at different temperature-humidity indexes (THI). Two groups of Holstein cows were housed in temperature-controlled modules, with THIs set less than or greater than 72, the level at which dairy cows begin to experience the effects of heat stress.

Blood samples and rectal temperatures were monitored during the 10-day study, which was conducted at the University of Arizona, Tucson, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Livestock Issues Research Unit in Lubbock, Texas. Results showed a reduction in stress hormones in the supplemented cows versus the control group. Researchers concluded that supplementing lactating dairy cows with OmniGen-AF may help prevent the negative effects of heat stress on infection-fighting white blood cells.

This research reinforces earlier Phibro and university studies demonstrating the positive impact of feeding OmniGen-AF on dairy cow health and milk production during periods of heat stress.

This was one of 13 studies presented by Phibro and other researchers on products and technologies developed and marketed by Phibro in select markets around the world. To review the abstracts, visit jtmtg.org/jam/2015/abstracts.asp. For more information about OmniGen-AF, visit TheOmniGenDifference.com.

About Phibro Animal Health Corporation

Phibro Animal Health Corporation is a diversified global developer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of animal health and mineral nutrition products for use in the production of poultry, swine, cattle, dairy and aquaculture. For more information, visit pahc.com.

 

Media Contacts:

Randy Myers, Osborn Barr
314-746-1929
randy.myers@osbornbarr.com

 

Wendell Knehans, Phibro Animal Health Corp.
217-592-1321
wendell.knehans@pahc.com

Research Presented at ADSA-ASAS Meeting Shows Importance

Research Presented at ADSA-ASAS Meeting Shows Importance of Nutrition to Support Dairy Cow Health and Production

Studies focus on immune function and transition cow diet

QUINCY, Ill. (July 16, 2015) – Research studies presented at the 2015 American Dairy Science Association – American Society of Animal Science Joint Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, reinforced the role good nutrition has in supporting normal immune function and optimum calcium balance in transition and lactating dairy cows. Multiple abstracts were presented at the meeting supported by Phibro Animal Health Corporation involving new university and field research.

Included were two studies with the company’s OmniGen-AF® nutritional specialty product, which helps maintain normal immune function during periods of stress that dairy cattle experience year-round.

• Holstein cows health, milk components, milk quality and reproduction (abstract #T394) –

At a Texas commercial dairy, 180 multiparous Holstein cows were fed OmniGen-AF and tracked from dry-off through 120 days in milk. Compared to an identical control group fed a placebo mix, the cows fed OmniGen-AF produced more energy-corrected and fat-corrected milk. They also experienced significantly better health, including fewer cases of retained placenta, metritis and recurring mastitis. The research also demonstrated a trend to fewer days to first breeding and greater days carried calf.

• Health, milk yield and quality for Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (abstract #M259) –

This research project utilized 191 Holstein and cross-bred dairy cows to study the effect of feeding OmniGen-AF from dry-off to 150 days in milk on health, milk yield and milk components to meet the strict standards for producing Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Conducted by the University of Bologna, the study demonstrated that the supplemented cows were not only healthier than the control group, but also produced more milk with fat and protein properties associated with high quality cheese production.

Two studies conducted at Cornell University involved the company’s nutritional specialty product, Animate®, which has been shown to help reduce the risk of low blood calcium (subclinical hypocalcemia) in transition cows while maintaining a high level of dry matter intake.

• Effect of decreasing dietary cation-anion difference in the prepartum diet (abstracts M339 and W391) –

This research determined the effect of decreasing a dietary cationanion difference (DCAD) diet for 89 multiparous Holstein cows during the prepartum period.

Three different DCAD levels were analyzed from 24 days prior to calving through parturition, with cow performance tracked through 63 days in milk:

o Control group (+18.3 mEq/100g of dry matter (DM)).

o Medium level (+5.9 mEq/100g DM) with some Animate added to the ration.

o Low level (-7.4 mEq/100g DM) with an Animate mix sufficient to produce a fully acidified diet (urine pH of 5.5 to 6.)

Results demonstrated that decreasing the prepartum DCAD diet improved calcium status, with reduced incidence of hypocalcemia, as well as providing improved dry matter intake after calving and higher milk yield during early lactation.

For access to the full abstracts of these and other research studies presented by Phibro at the ADSA-ASAS meeting, visit jtmtg.org/jam/2015/abstracts.asp.

About Phibro Animal Health Corporation

Phibro Animal Health Corporation is a diversified global developer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of animal health and mineral nutrition products for use in the production of poultry, swine, cattle, dairy and aquaculture. For more information, visit pahc.com.

 

Media Contacts:

Randy Myers, Osborn Barr
314-497-2105
randy.myers@osbornbarr.com

 

Wendell Knehans, Phibro Animal Health Corp.
217-592-1321
wendell.knehans@pahc.com

Enhanced Website Demonstrates Health and Production Benefits of Supporting Dairy Cow Immune Function

Enhanced Website Demonstrates Health and Production Benefits of Supporting Dairy Cow Immune Function

Research has demonstrated that it is far more cost-effective to maintain a healthy immune system in dairy cattle than to treat health and disease issues.

Toward that goal, Phibro Animal Health Corporation (Phibro) has enhanced and re-launched its website, TheOmniGenDifference.com, to demonstrate the benefits of a properly functioning immune system in supporting dairy cow health and productivity.

The website offers an expanded selection of articles, videos and other resources about managing the year-round sources of stress that can weaken dairy cows’ immune function, making them more susceptible to disease and other health problems.  Features include:

  • Nutritional and other management recommendations relating to key health challenges, such as heat stress, forage quality and the transition period.
  • A summary of the Immunity Challenge, a multi-year study conducted on more than 400 dairies with more than 250,000 cows throughout the United States. The study demonstrated health benefits and improved milk production for cows fed Phibro’s nutritional specialty product, OmniGen-AF®, compared to non-supplemented cows.
  • Testimonials from producers who have utilized good nutrition and proper management strategies to help promote a healthier, more productive herd.

Rod Isham, Phibro’s OmniGen-AF Product Manager, notes that maintaining  a healthy immune system may lead to overall benefits including reduced mastitis and metritis, lower somatic cell count, less death loss and culls, better reproductive efficiency and increased milk production. “The objective of this website is to help dairy producers and their consultants better understand and manage health challenges to help reduce the occurrence of disease in their herds,” he said. “This may result in lower treatment costs and more days spent in profitable milk production, which can increase total dairy income.”

For more information, visit TheOmniGenDifference.com, or call 1-800-677-4623 to speak with a Phibro Dairy Technical Specialist in your area.

About Phibro Animal Health Corporation

Phibro Animal Health Corporation is a diversified global developer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of animal health and mineral nutrition products for use in the production of poultry, swine, cattle, dairy and aquaculture.  For further information, please visit www.pahc.com.

Media Contacts:

Stephanie Meyers, Osborn Barr
816-410-5162
stephanie.meyers@osbornbarr.com

Michelle Watts, Phibro Animal Health Corp.
217-592-1316
michelle.watts@pahc.com

Dairy Health and Economics Experts Share Dairy Nutrition and Cow Comfort Tips When Milk Prices Decline

Dairy Health and Economics Experts Share Dairy Nutrition and Cow Comfort Tips When Milk Prices Decline

Teaneck, N.J. (Jan. 20, 2015) – With forecasts for lower milk prices in 2015, many dairy producers will be examining their budgets and management practices for possible cost-saving measures. Dairy health and economics experts caution against cost reductions in key areas – such as nutrition and cow comfort – that may compromise herd health and lead to lower milk production, offsetting any short-term savings.

“Trying to save even 15 cents per cow per day could result in increased somatic cell counts, delays in getting cows pregnant and other health issues that cost significantly more than 15 cents per day,” says Mike Hutjens, Ph.D., dairy nutritionist from the University of Illinois. “Dairy farmers must make economical, sound feeding decisions which return a profit when milk prices are at either $24 or $17.”

Dr. Hutjens recommends five dairy nutrition tips during seasons of low milk prices:

1. Be precise in meeting nutrient requirements to support current milk yield, including rumen undegraded protein and added sources of fats and oils.

2. Shop for good feed value, including forages and by-product feeds.

3. Strategically include feed additives that have a research-based profitable benefit-to-cost ratio of 2:1 or greater.

4. Maintain a feed efficiency of more than 1.5 pounds of milk per pound of dry matter.

5. Increase your milk check by maintaining milk components, somatic cell count premiums and quality bonuses based on bacteria count.

Glenn Holub, Ph.D., dairy technology manager for Phibro Animal Health Corporation,  adds that cows notice sudden diet changes. The resulting stress may challenge a cow’s immune system, compromising herd health and performance. “Dairy producers and their consultants should thoroughly review diet composition, including forage and grain quality, and sources of off-farm feeds and by-products,” Dr. Holub says. “But, sudden adjustments may result in reduced nutrient density and dry matter intakes, therefore leading to lower milk production.”

Dr. Holub says changes that may reduce cow comfort may also lead to stress on the herd. “Producers may be inclined to add more cows to maintain cash flow, so they need to watch their stocking density,” he explains. “Too many cows and too few stalls could lead to problems with adequate stall availability. Once we see lying time start to be reduced, we know rumination and cud chewing will decline.’’

Similarly, he adds, it may be tempting to cut back on bedding to stretch the normal supply of sand or other materials an extra day or two. “However, that can result in wet and dirty stalls, raising the risks of higher somatic cell counts and clinical mastitis,” Dr. Holub warns. “All of these issues may create additional pressure on the immune system.”

“Dairy producers should remember that high-producing cows always make money regardless of the milk price – since dairy cows convert one pound of dry matter intake into two pounds of milk,” Dr. Hutjens says. “So it’s important to continue focusing on milk production and not be tempted to take short-term shortcuts that could jeopardize herd health and productivity.”

Research and field studies support feeding OmniGen-AF® to all dry, pre-fresh and lactating cows to help support normal immune function in the face of expected and unexpected stress events. Continual use supports normal immune function, which may help result in fewer health events, a lower somatic cell count and fewer cases of mastitis and metritis. This, in turn, may lead to higher milk production and fewer unplanned culls.

For more information about maximizing herd health during a declining milk market, contact Drs. Hutjens and Holub at hutjensm@illinois.edu and glenn.holub@pahc.com or visit TheOmniGenDifference.com.

About Phibro Animal Health Corporation

Phibro Animal Health Corporation is a diversified global developer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of animal health and mineral nutrition products for use in the production of poultry, swine, cattle, dairy and aquaculture. For further information, please visit pahc.com.

Media contacts

Stephanie Meyers, Osborn Barr
816-410-5162
stephanie.meyers@osbornbarr.com
Michelle Watts, Phibro Animal Health Corp.
217-592-1316
michelle.watts@pahc.com

Take Steps to Manage Forage Quality to Support Dairy Cow Health and Production

Take Steps to Manage Forage Quality to Support Dairy Cow Health and Production

Quincy, Ill. (Sept. 16, 2014) – Each new harvest season can bring changes in forage quality which can have a negative impact on dairy cow health and productivity. Because nutritive value, mold, yeast and mycotoxins can vary considerably from season to season and from bunker to bunker, producers are encouraged to proactively manage this transition.

“Variations in mold and yeast content lead to variations in fermentation profiles of ensiled feed, which in turn impacts feed quality,” says Jamie Jarrett, Ph.D., a dairy technology manager for Phibro Animal Health Corporation “Management practices for harvesting and processing forages, in addition to managing forages at feedout, can lead to significant changes in mold and yeast counts, nutrient content and digestibility. Ensiled forages tend to be a major contribution to the diet of the dairy cow, and proper cow health is a key issue in times of mold and yeast challenges.”

Dr. Jarrett notes that a responsive immune system plays an important role in helping protect dairy cows as new crop forages are introduced this fall. “An immunocompromised cow does not have the ability to endure the same level of molds and yeast in feed as a cow with an optimally functioning immune system,” she explains. “Because of unforeseen challenges that may arise, lactating cows require a fundamental level of immune responsiveness to avoid health challenges and maximize milk production during the forage transition.”

Completely avoiding mold and yeast in a dairy ration is not practical, Dr. Jarrett says, but understanding and managing those inputs will allow producers and nutritionists to better manage the risk. Her recommendations include:

  • Plan ahead by routinely taking inventory and estimating when major feed changes will need to take place.
  • Test ensiled forages routinely. Mold, yeast and nutrient contents change over time.

The ensiling process is still continuing in the bunker despite the fact that feedout at one end is occurring. Remember that silage dynamics in October are very different than they are in February or May.

  • Pay close attention to quality issues at both ends of bunker silos, silage bags and drive- over piles, as appropriate.
  • Transition cows from current to new forage during a period of seven to 10 days. Although this takes some planning, introducing a portion of new forage blended with the current forage allows cows to adapt to new forage – i.e., flavor, odor, etc. This also allows rumen bacteria to adjust to changes in nutrient supply.
  • “Listen” to cows. Utilize current nutrient analysis, and consider mold and yeast counts (minimize inputs when possible) to re-balance rations. However, analysis on paper alone does not indicate how cows will respond. Continue to make directional adjustments as cows “tell” you what they need.

Certain nutritional supplements have been used to help support normal immune function when dairy cattle are challenged with forage quality variation. Dr. Jarrett notes that feeding OmniGen-AF® from Phibro Animal Health six to eight weeks prior to major ration changes may help to minimize forage transition issues and therefore support the potential for increased profitability.

About Phibro Animal Health Corporation

Phibro Animal Health Corporation is a leading provider of high-quality trace minerals and nutritional specialty products that support nutrition for dairy and beef cattle, swine, poultry, aquaculture and companion animals. Phibro offers innovative, science-based solutions that help enhance health, productivity and profitability in all classes of livestock. Phibro is headquartered in Quincy, Illinois, and is a division of Phibro Animal Health Corporation. For more information, visit pahc.com or call 800-677-4623.

Media contacts

Randy Myers, Osborn Barr
314-746-1929
randy.myers@osbornbarr.com
Michelle Watts, Phibro Animal Health Corporation
217-592-1316
michelle.watts@pahc.com

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