Utopia, a new feed fat supplement from UFAC, meets the specific nutrition requirements of transition and early lactation cows, the company claims.
“We expect a transition cow to achieve an enormous amount in a very short time,” notes Mike Chown from UFAC. “They have got to safely deliver a calf and recover from the stresses this entails. Then we expect them to start eating significantly more, go from zero milk production to producing a significant volume of milk with good solids – all within a short time frame. We ask them to do all of this without suffering any metabolic disorders along the way.
“Utopia is a unique supplement combining glycerine, fatty acids, amino acids and minerals to help improve health, productivity and fertility in transition and high yielding cows, focusing on four key areas.”
Mr Chown points out that early lactation cows have a high demand for glucose, accounting for 70% of their energy needs. As well as driving milk production, glucose is vital to help the immune system combat disease challenge. Utopia contains rumen-inert glycerine, the most efficient source for glucose production by the liver. In addition, it has a balanced blend of rumen-inert fatty acids to boost energy density and help reduce body condition loss, and choline to help keep the liver healthy to reduce the risk of ketosis. Utopia contains vitamin E, selenium and long chain Omega 3s to strengthen the overall immune response and aid fertility.
“Finally, transition cows need a supply of essential amino acids and the performance of everything is determined by the first amino acid to be limiting,” Mr Chown continues. “If any amino acid is limiting the consequence is yield depression, reduced milk protein and compromised fertility. In most transition diets this is methionine so Utopia supplies it in a highly effective rumen-inert form.
“Utopia will help cows transition effectively, doing all that is expected of them while making high yielding cows better equipped for the challenges they face.”