PROLIQ FEEDING GUIDELINES
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This is all in addition to the energy ultimately made available to the cow herself both from the sugar fermentation, and from better use of other feeds in the diet. The rumen works best when there is a constant consistent intake of nutrients - unfortunately growing grazed pasture does not supply constant consistent amounts of sugar, which is dependent on a range of variables, many beyond our control.
Consequently, the controlled supply of sugar to the rumen can have synergistic effects with the total diet, increasing nutrient supply to the cow above the value of the sugar itself.
Cows have a limited gut size, although this can be trained to have greater capacity with correct feeding and management over time. The greater the amount of nutrients a cow can consume in her available feeding time, the greater her potential health and productivity. Liquids can add significant amounts of dry matter to a diet without displacing anything else, especially where the addition of other bulkier supplements would make the total diet too bulky, with too much NDF, for the cow to physically consume in the time available.
Palatable liquid feeds can be used to disguise unpalatable additives such as essential minerals or to ensure their better distribution throughout the feed. Liquid feeds such as Proliq can be used to increase the moisture content of dry feeds to increase rate of consumption. Less dry feed is dropped. By increasing bite size and bite rate, total drymatter intake can be increased. In addition to improving productivity potential, increasing intake per cow, is advantageous to both animal and environmental welfare, improving total feed efficiency.
Milk based feeds have the potential to replace some of the macro minerals removed from the cow in milk. In particular, calcium, sodium and phosphorus. NB Do not rely on such products alone as being able to replace all other supplementation - this needs accurate total diet calculation, and correlation with production, cow size etc.
Pasture requirements for potassium are generally greater than the cow's requirement for potassium so in most cases cows with adequate intake of high quality pasture will not have a requirement for additional K.
In fact high potassium feeds can increase the risk of hypocalcaemia (milk fever) in particular, both clinical and sub clinical. This risk is highest pre calving and in freshly calved cows.
Risk is nullified with adequate calcium supplementing limeflour. However, there are specific circumstances where cows require additional K.
"PROLIQ is fantastic feed for our cows, we get a high ME feed at a cost-effective price at the turn of a tap. With the added bonus of potash to pasture that offsets the fertiliser costs on farm. We have found Proliq maintains good cow condition throughout the season. We use a gate timer which lets our cows amble on down to the shed at their own pace to have a feed on the pad before milkings - our cows love it!"
Shaun Kalin, South Taranaki
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