Ethereal oils in dairy cattle operations
AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG has developed the Milkinvest supplementary feed especially for dairy cows and beef cattle based on ethereal oils, tannins and trace elements. Supplementary feed boosts feed efficiency with a higher availability of protein and energy while substantially relieving the overall metabolism.
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- Supplying cattle with a slight amount of ethereal oils in their feed relieves animal metabolism and reduces emissions.
Cattle produce 200-400 grams of methane every day That not only puts a major burden on the environment. It also strains the energy balance of dairy cows and beef cattle. This is because a great deal of feed energy is lost in the form of methane and ammonia with microbial fermentation in its rumen. Reducing these gases relieves the overall metabolism of the bovine animal while being environmentally friendly. Ethereal oils can put this plan into action.
Special ethereal oils have an antimicrobial impact on certain bacteria such as hyper-ammonia-producers (HAP), species of bacteria such as peptostreptococcus anaerobius or clostridium sticklandii. Both species of bacteria only make up a minor portion of the microflora in the rumen, although they are among the most important producers of ammonia. Inhibiting the growth of these bacteria drives down ammonia formation in the rumen which has the following benefits: relieving liver metabolism, streamlining the energy balance and increasing the supply of protein in the small intestine.
Other ethereal oils hinder the activity of methane producers. This leads to reduced methane production in rumens. Additionally, the digestion of starch is expedited and relocated to the small intestines. This stabilises the pH value of the rumen, which reduces the danger of acidosis and increases the proportion of stable starch.
Milkinvest supplementary feed based on ethereal oils, tannins and trace elements was specifically developed for dairy cows and beef cattle. Its combination of active ingredients boosts feed efficiency with a higher availability of protein and energy while substantially relieving the overall metabolism.
Different ration types affect the dominant bacterial flora in rumen very differently. With a ration with a high proportion of maize silage and concentrated feed, starch-digesting types of bacteria are preferably formed. If a ration with a higher proportion of grass silage and therefore with raw fibres is fed, a different bacterial environment forms. Special ethereal oils have very different effects on the microflora in rumen. The use of ethereal oils in dairy cattle feed must be selectively matched to the main ration.
Milkinvest Yellow is available for farms with a great deal of corn silage in their rations while Milkinvest Green is available for rations with the accent on grass. Milkinvest products are fed on top of the existing ration.