SoyChlor Stops Costly Early-Lactation and Transition Disorders Before They Begin

SoyChlor Stops Costly Early-Lactation and Transition Disorders Before They Begin

You find a cow that calved last night lying down with her head back over her flank. She can’t stand and her ears are cold. She has milk fever! If you treat her before muscle or nerve damage has occurred, an I.V. injection of calcium will get her on her feet in minutes. Unfortunately, she is still in trouble. That bout of severe hypocalcemia sets her up for more problems and makes her more likely to be culled.

But milk fever is just the tip of the iceberg. Sub-clinical hypocalcemia, a calcium deficiency mild enough that cows don’t show any symptoms, is way more prevalent than the clinical form. This is where the big economic drain occurs, with increased incidences of retained placenta, displaced abomasum, ketosis, mastitis, and reduced milk production in early lactation. In many herds, 30–60% of the cows and 25% of the first-calf heifers develop sub-clinical hypocalcemia. At the onset of lactation, large amounts of calcium move from the blood into colostrum and milk. The calcium lost to milk must be replaced from diet calcium or from calcium stored in bones if the cow is to avoid a further decline in blood calcium.

Preventing sub-clinical hypocalcemia will improve the health, productivity, and longevity of cows, as well as improve the economic bottom line of the dairy. And, prevention is possible with SoyChlor®, a palatable chloride supplement for close-up dry dairy cows.
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Help Calves Get Through the Cold Season

Help Calves Get Through the Cold Season

Megan Wildman

Calf and Heifer Specialist at Purnia Animal Nutrition

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It’s cold outside, and your calves can feel it. Calves under three weeks of age can begin feeling cold stress much earlier than most people think. Even at ambient temperatures of 60 degrees F and below, cold stress can hinder calf growth and performance. Cold stress can continue to affect calves over three weeks of age as ambient temperatures dip to 40 degrees F and below. Below are some tips to help keep calves growing and thriving until these temperatures begin to heat back up.
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Perspectives Winter 2017 Issue Now Available!

Perspectives Winter 2017 Issue Now Available!

The Winter 2017 issue of Perspectives magazine is here, brought to you by Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition!

This issue features Hatchland Farm, a producer-handler in Haverhill, New Hampshire, as well as a wealth of other topics about dairy farming in the Northeast. Read the digital edition here or sign up to get future updates delivered straight to your inbox.
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The Benefits of Yeast Culture and Yeast Cell Wall Components in Beef Cattle

The Benefits of Yeast Culture and Yeast Cell Wall Components in Beef Cattle

Yeast culture and yeast cell wall components are effective products that have been fed to cattle for years and have been shown to exhibit a variety of beneficial properties affecting animal performance and health. The different modes of action of these products impact their contributions to health and performance benefits. First, let’s take a look at each individual component and then explore their use in beef cattle production.
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Purina® Ampli-Calf® Program Helps Keep Calves Growing and Supports Health

Purina® Ampli-Calf® Program Helps Keep Calves Growing and Supports Health

At Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition, we are constantly striving to bring you the best in quality, service, and new technology. That’s why when we were looking for a new and improved calf program to offer our customers, we turned to Purina Animal Nutrition and the field trials done with Cricket Jacquier at Laurel Brook Farm, an 1,100-cow farm in Canaan, Connecticut. Here’s how here reaches his goal of raising exceptional cows starting at birth:
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Perspectives Fall 2016 Issue Now Available!

Perspectives Fall 2016 Issue Now Available!

We’re happy to announce the release of the Fall 2016 issue of Perspectives magazine, brought to you by Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition!

This issue is packed with great articles; from in-depth technical pieces to our inspiring feature on Maple Meadow Farm, we continue to bring you the best of dairy farming in the Northeast. Read the digital edition here or sign up to get future updates delivered straight to your inbox.
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The Transition Period

The Transition Period

Philbro Animal Health Corporation
Philbro Animal Health Corporation

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The transition period, the weeks leading up to and following calving, are the most stressful in a dairy cow’s life. One of the major determinants of whether a cow transitions successfully is her ability to maintain adequate blood calcium status during this time. It is all too apparent when a cow exhibits clinical hypocalcemia (milk fever) and is actually down. The silent profit drain is the effect on those cows that experience subclinical hypocalcemia with blood calcium levels dropping below the industry-accepted threshold of 8.5 mg/dL. These cows are at higher risk for developing metabolic and infectious disease after calving. Fortunately, the physiology of fresh-cow calcium status is becoming better-understood all the time and it can be effectively managed.

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British Dairy Nutritionists and Farmers Visit Vermont

British Dairy Nutritionists and Farmers Visit Vermont

On Thursday, September 22nd, dairy nutritionists visited Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition for a tour and barbecue. Teaming up with the ZinPro Corporation, Phoenix Feeds brought valuable insight to their British nutritionists.
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The Value of Shredlage®

The Value of Shredlage®

Provimi Dairy Team
Provimi Dairy Team

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Recent improvements in silage management strategies and available corn hybrid genetics have prompted dairy producers to grow more acres of corn and include higher levels of corn silage in dairy rations. There has also been a growing awareness in the importance of kernel processing when producing a high quality corn silage. The goals of processing corn silage are to create optimal particle size for rumen function, favorable grain particle form for effective use, and to improve fiber digestibility. One processing technique, shredlage, is gaining interest from dairy producers looking to increase the amount of corn silage in their dairy rations. This article describes the shredlage technology, examines current research using shredlage in dairy rations, and outlines the potential value of implementing the processing technique.
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Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition Awarded Distinction for Industry Magazine

Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition Awarded Distinction for Industry Magazine

Williston, VT – Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition Inc. (PFN) took home an Award of Distinction for the Fall issue of Perspectives: Dairy Farming in the Northeast magazine from this year’s Communicator Awards. This is the second award in two years that team PFN has received for marketing productions.

Perspectives: Dairy Farming in the Northeast is a trade magazine produced for PFN and is in its 9th issue. Perspectives publishes stories that cover agricultural topics and highlight the farmers that drive the industry. The fall issue featured articles such as “Women of Cabot” by Jenni Flood of Flood Brothers Farm and “Leadership in Food Safety” by Louise H. Calderwood of the Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance, touching upon a diverse range of topics that loyal readers have come to expect from the magazine.

From the Communicator Awards website – The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program recognizing big ideas in marketing and communications. Founded two decades ago, The Communicator Awards receives over 6,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world. The Award of Distinction is presented for projects that exceed industry standards in quality and achievement.