Sustained, balanced nutrition is the foundation of a healthy immune system
Dairy cows face multiple sources of stress year- round that can weaken their immune system, including production demands, feed quality, weather changes and pathogen challenges.
A well-functioning, responsive immune system is vital to maintaining overall cow health and can reduce somatic cell counts, decrease the incidence of mastitis and metritis, and increase milk production.
OmniGen-AF® from Phibro Animal Health Corporation is a nutritional supplement that can help support the immune system by feeding just two ounces per cow, per day.
“It’s far more cost-effective to prevent disease by maintaining a healthy immune system than it is to treat the disease,” said James Chapman, Ph.D., Phibro Animal Health Corporation Dairy Technology Manager.
“Continual use of OmniGen-AF supports optimal herd health and production and can lead to greater profitability.”
Proven Track Record
At Meyer Family Dairy in Loyal, Wisconsin, a 1,275-milking-cow herd has seen significant declines in mastitis and somatic cell counts as well as improvements in milk production since OmniGen-AF was incorporated as part of their nutritional program. It is now added to the dry, transition and lactating cow diets and has become an essential part of their feeding strategy in combination with other management practices to promote herd health.
“We see great value in the product. It has a proven track record here, and we don’t want to be without it,” said Mike Meyer, co-owner of the dairy with his father, Allen Meyer.
Meyer said OmniGen-AF is fed year-round to all cow groups on their dairy, not just during transition and early lactation. “We think it’s a vital link in our management,” he explained. “We can’t predict every stress, and that’s why we made the decision to keep it in the diets all the time.”