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Livestock Supplements

Grass fed cattle and sheep need supplements to overcome the nutritional deficiencies of native soils & pastures to increase survival & wellbeing.

Choose from one of our formulated supplements or talk to us about customising a product to meet your needs.

DIT AgTech can work with you to develop fully customised solutions.

Products can be formulated to account for bore water alkalinity and specific pasture deficiencies.

A safe form of urea

Urea when fed to ruminant animals is the cheapest source of ‘crude protein’ supplementation in livestock nutrition.

DIT is a world leader in developing and incorporating the use of ‘urea phosphate’ in our formulations.   

The molecular structure of urea phosphate means that it can’t be broken down in the rumen in the same way as regular urea, rendering it a ‘slow release’ form of urea and therefore safer. Using urea phosphate avoids urea blow off.

It also acts as an acidic stabiliser with additional nutritional benefits for livestock, providing a source of nitrogen and phosphorus to ruminant microbes.

Our uPRO range includes our patented urea phosphate to enhance the stability of urea as a water soluble feed additive.   

Why supplement with urea?

Effective urea supplementation can result in an increase in appetite for dry feed of up to 50%, resulting in faster digestion of dry grass and faster throughput (rate of passage) of feed. This means cattle will eat more dry grass.

The nutritional value of all grasses in northern Australia declines following the growing season. As grasses mature and seed, their feed value declines. The nutrients in the grass also become less accessible to cattle and sheep as grasses become harder to digest as they mature. 

As a result of this decline in pasture quality and digestibility, cattle lose weight at an increasing rate as the dry season progresses. In a grazing sense, little can be done to improve the digestibility of mature grass however, urea is proven to be an extremely cost-effective method to increase the rate at which digestion occurs.

The rate at which digestion occurs in ruminant animals is governed by the number and type of microflora present in the rumen and a large healthy population of microflora results in faster digestion of feed and an added source of microbial protein for the animal. 

Why feed phosphorus?

With approximately 70% of soils in northern Australia phosphorus deficient, many cattle grazing pastures need an additional source of phosphorus, particularly during the wet season when energy and protein levels are at their peak.

Phosphorus is involved in almost every metabolic reaction in ruminants, including:

  • formation of bones & teeth
  • structural component of skeletal tissues 
  • absorption of carbohydrates such as glucose through intestinal tissues
  • transport of fatty acids throughout the body
  • metabolism of energy
  • milk production
  • facilitation of fat, carbohydrate &
  • protein utilisation
  • improving the efficiency of feed utilisation, energy transfer reactions, normal milk secretion and buffering of body fluids

Rumen microflora require phosphorus to digest pasture.
A deficiency of phosphorus in the diet:

  • suppresses appetite, resulting in rapid reduction in feed intake
  • can lead to reduced milk production
  • bone fragility leading to bone breakages
  • a severe loss of productivity gains (from P deficiency during late lactation, early pregnancy, calving & growing stock)

Importance of Trace Minerals

Soils and pasture through Australia experience trace varying mineral deficiencies. Essential trace minerals are required for growth, production and fertility. Often trace minerals dificiencies can be the under lying cause of health issues and poor production.

These are six trace minerals that DIT can supplement:

  • Manganese – Manganese deficiencies cause fertility issues and can also be detected by abnormalities in young calves and lambs. Manganese supplements assist with reproduction, fertility, skeletal development and growth.   
  • Selenium & Copper – both these essential trace minerals assist in growth and the repair of tissues as well as converting carbohydrates into energy. Selenium and Copper both help with the blood and tissue health of the animal, particularly in young livestock.  
  • Zinc – Zinc assists in the health of the animal’s coat and hooves in addition to optimising wound healing. The immune system also relies heavily on zinc to protect livestock for disease and virus.
  • Cobalt – Cobalt deficient livestock will suffer from a loss of appetite, weight loss and a pale coat.  
  • Iodine – an Iodine deficiency will cause a decreased metabolic rate in ruminants. Fertility, immune defence and muscle function also benefit from the supplement of Iodine.  

Stress Free Livestock? 

DIT AgTech’s range includes supplements to reduce and limit the impact of stress. Stressed livestock can often result in poorer health and production. Providing a supplement designed to reduce stress can:

  • Limit impacts on appetite, weight, transport shrinkage
  • Reduce recovery periods
  • Provide a safer working environment for both stock and people 

These supplements are most often used when transporting livestock and weaning, but can provide effect relief during any period of stress. 

Our Supplement includes: 

  • Magnesium to reduce the production of stress hormones
  • Electrolytes which can improve water retention and absorption
  • Urea phosphate to simulate the rumen and keep microbes active whilst feed is unavailable
  • DIT’s Trace Mineral formulation

Get in Touch

1300 123 348

sales@ditech.net.au

PO Box 2822, Toowoomba 4350

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