Getting cows bred and keeping them bred during the summer can be a challenge. Heat stress takes a toll on early-term pregnancy, and with temps already warming up to the mid-70s in April across much of the Midwest, it seems like environmental extremes might just reach new heights this year.
That’s why BioZyme® Inc., makers of the VitaFerm® line of mineral is launching VitaFerm® Concept•Aid® 5/S HEAT®, a free-choice vitamin and mineral supplement for beef cattle specifically designed for reproductive success when fed 60 days pre-calving through 60 days post-breeding. This improved breeding mineral also contains HEAT to help maintain normal performance during temperatures of 70 degrees and hotter, or anytime cattle are grazing fescue.
In addition to having all the benefits of Concept•Aid, including the Amaferm® advantage, this mineral will also contain HEAT, a package of proprietary plant extracts that include a unique blend of clove, cinnamon and chili pepper to help support animal performance in both heat and fescue situations.
“Based on their experience with the HEAT product line the last few years, we have had some customers request this product. What this optimal combination of Concept•Aid and HEAT does is help get those cows bred and help maintain pregnancy and animal performance during the hot summer months,” said Kevin Glaubius, Director of Nutrition for BioZyme Inc.
VitaFerm Concept•Aid contains organic copper, zinc and manganese to ensure maximum bioavailability of nutrients to the animal, as well as high levels of vitamin E and selenium to promote optimized fertility. Like all BioZyme products, Concept•Aid also contains Amaferm, a precision prebiotic designed to increase intake, digestibility and absorption. It is research-proven to increase the energy available to the animal resulting in more milk production as well as to the ability to initiate and maintain pregnancy and fertility.
“Cattle producers should see increased energy, increased milk and reduced body weight loss. The combination of Amaferm and the plant extracts give us a synergistic effect, which we expected. Now instead of being a mineral plus Amaferm with the benefit of better digestibility, it also has a better fermentation profile meaning more available energy for the cow. The bottom line is what it means for the producer, the cows gets more energy, she loses less body fat, and she has less metabolic problems all while she’s trying to breed,” Glaubius said.
More bred cows that stay bred lead to more live calves at calving. It’s performance that pays when you invest in a high-quality mineral program like VitaFerm. The VitaFerm Concept•Aid 5/S HEAT is now available by contacting a dealer near you.