GOT HEAT STRESSED COWS?
At as little as 68 F dairy cows experience heat stress and beef cattle at 78 F. Comfort™can help. A proven feed additive, Comfort can support the internal stressors associated with heat stress to minimize performance losses and help animals better cope with high heat indexes.
PRODUCER SUCCESS WITH COMFORT
“I noticed cows were noticeably less agitated and spent more time at the feed bunks. Even though we had some intake and milk production losses, they were significantly less than surrounding dairies not feeding Comfort. Additionally, our cows bounced back quicker from extreme heat events than non-Comfort fed cows."
--Southern Oregon Dairy Farmer
"I noticed cows out grazing during the heat of the afternoon in late July versus huddled in the shade or in and around the ponds."
--Northeast Kansas Rancher
"The heat out here is brutal on cattle in the summer. But, after feeding Comfort the cattle were noticeably cooler and not bunched around the water tanks."
--Northeast Nebraska Feedyard Manager
Heat stress is estimated to cost the United States beef industry $370 million a year and the dairy industry over double that at $897 million.
COMFORT YOUR COWS
While heat stress performance losses are often associated with reduced feed intake, that is a symptom of heat stress not the underlying cause. Major heat stress performance losses are due to the non-intake related, internal stressors ruminants endure trying to dissipate heat.
Comfort™ FP is an essential oil and capsicum feed additive designed to provide targeted support to the internal stressors of heat stress to:
Minimize performance losses
Maintain gut health with more consistent feed intake
Provide antioxidant support
Support normal insulin and glucose levels
Stimulate water intake to help animals better cope with high heat indexes
50 lb. Bag
Feed Comfort FP to all classes of ruminant animals at the following rates:
Under 500 lbs. // 0.25 oz./head/day
500-800 lbs. // 0.5 oz./head/day
Over 800 lbs. // 1 oz./head/day
CUSTOM BLEND OF ESSENTIAL OILS
Helps naturally promote gut health and reduce pathogens. Offers antioxidant support to help reduce oxidative stress and provide more energy for production.
Promotes feed intake and water consumption for a more consistently filled rumen to help with acidosis challenges and lessen heat generated during digestion. Also assists in regulating insulin and glucose production impacted by heat stress.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND HEAT STRESSS
Stress compounds in animals and contributes to additive losses.
For example, heat stress can predispose a cow to leaky gut, allowing pathogens and toxins to pass through. Leaky gut then triggers immune activation and oxidative stress as cows try to fight off pathogens and infection.
Then, energy begins shifting away from glucose dependent production processes like milk production and marbling in finishing steers and instead is being used by the immune system. Heat stress has also been shown to increase blood insulin levels further robbing the animal of precious glucose supplies.
This domino effect of stress is what causes performance losses, not just reduced feed intake.
RESEARCH PROVEN SUCCESS
In a study conducted in summer months at West Texas A&M University feedyard, Comfort-fed cattle had higher average daily gain, more efficient gain overall and better marbling scores at market than control cows.
The marbling score of Comfort-fed cattle increased by 13%, but the actual increase in the number of cattle grading prime was 136%.
BENEFITS OF COMFORT
Click below to learn how the benefits of Comfort are designed to target and support the internal stressors associated with heat stress.
Microfused® Essential Oils TechnologyMicrofused Essential Oil technology transforms essential oils and plant extracts into solutions that naturally improve the health and immunity of animals. This essential oil technology helps serve as a natural alternative to antibiotic growth promoters, giving producers more tools to fight disease challenges.
Actifibe® PrebioticActifibe Prebiotic preferentially feeds beneficial bacteria throughout the entire gut and enhances the immune system of animals. This results in animals with greater gut health, improved feed efficiency and weight gain, strenghtened immunity and less health challenges.
Microbial Catalyst® TechnologyIn ruminants, Microbial Catalyst helps improve nutrient conversion by increasing fiber digestibility to provide more energy for production and growth. In the soil, Microbial Catalyst helps make nutrients in the soil and fertilizer more available to the plant. This results in healthier crops that use less inputs.
NUTRIENT CONVERSION, IT'S WHAT WE DO
For more than 50 years Ralco has been helping livestock producers convert their nutrients into growth and reduce waste. Vital nutrients are often lost and underutilized, silently eroding the health and performance of your cows and operation. We work with you to keep your nutrients focused on production and your bottom line for healthier cows with less stress.
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