It maximizes the efficiency of mineral integration and allows the food expert to evaluate and perfect the digestible macromineral integration in full the needs for the cow and for the rumen microflora, simultaneously achieving strong savings on the formulas.
It is not easy to define mineral integration in dairy cow stalls, however, when it is not balanced it is often the cause of metabolic and physiological disorders that can have serious economic consequences (health problems, reproduction, decrease in production).
To avoid these drawbacks, the needs of the herd must be satisfied as much as possible. There are effective means to diagnose the mineral efficiency of mineral formulas..
The research works carried out by Team Paragon Paragon in collaboration with the best European and American research institutes on mineral nutrition, show that to optimize the mineral nutrition of the ruminant it is important to distinguish the needs in:
The cow and its "rumen ecosystem" have different needs in quality and quantity. Until recently, the estimation of needs concerned only the quantitative aspect expressed in total grams of macrominerals per head / day.
The DIGESTIBLE MINERAL SYSTEM concept goes much further. In fact, two different systems of units have been created.
The digestible mineral system formulation and rationing system of the DIGESTIBLE MINERAL SYSTEM provides for the contribution of net mineral, available for absorption by the cow and concerns the essential macroelements: calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine and potassium.
Furthermore, the minerals for the flora are also considered, evaluating the contributions of the minerals available for absorption by the rumen flora which are: phosphorus, magnesium and sulfur and cobalt, i.e. the essential macroelements for the growth and development of the rumen microflora avoiding negative interference to absorption.
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Initially, it is important to assess the mineral needs of dairy cows, as they vary according to the level of production and the physiological phase. The contributions of the ration are calculated as net digestible mineral. In fact, not all minerals ingested with the ration are absorbed by the cow
Of fodder and raw materials, they allow to measure the digestibility of the mineral: the higher the CDA, the more the mineral is absorbable by the cow or available for the rumen flora. Recent work by the French INRA and the NRC in the United States has made it possible to re-evaluate all the components of the rations (fodder and raw materials) with new specific CDAs.
NOT balanced mineral additions can cause a reduction in ingestion and poor enhancement of the ration (reduction of digestibility), which result in a decrease in milk production.
Even minimal deficiencies in phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur and cobalt can cause a reduction in the ingestion of dry matter and the digestibility of the ration (fiber), with a negative impact on milk production.
As is done with the cow, with the new rationing system with the digestible minerals of the DIGESTIBLE MINERAL SYSTEM you must first of all make the balance between needs and supplies. The needs of the rumen microflora are defined on the basis of the characteristics of the ration. As for the contributions, the most recent research has made it possible to identify the most effective mineral sources to stimulate the activity of the rumen.
All feeds and raw materials developed by Team Paragon ensure maximum effectiveness of mineral sources for the rumen flora. The higher the CDR is, the more the mineral source used will be available and efficient for the rumen ecosystem.
The goal of this new step in understanding the macromineral nutrition of the cow is to maximize the CDR of minerals to maximize microbial growth, cellulolysis and digestion of fiber..
The concept developed by Team Paragon makes it possible to optimize the mineral nutrition strategy of ruminants by distinguishing the macro-mineral requirements for the animal and for the rumen ecosystem.
The choice of mineral raw materials is crucial for the consequent technical and economic considerations: we now know how to recognize their bio availability for absorption in the various tracts of the digestive system: rumen, omasum, intestine.
Each mineral raw material has been tested based on the characteristics of solubility and therefore release of mineral ions: the example of magnesium oxide from 5 different suppliers and 5 different bio-availability.
LThe macro-mineral supplement formulations are more precise and suited to the needs of the cow in each stage of growth, dry or lactation: we know how and how much of the single Macro element directly available in the rumen and intestine.
To know the current level of mineralization of the ration and of your cows we suggest the urinalysis test according to our procedures and protocols:
see the Team Paragon Lab. page.
Minerals are the essential factor in the physiology and nutrition of dairy cows.
The first nutrients such as energy and proteins are strongly bound to minerals for their use. Minerals influence every function of the animal's body at all times: the ability to optimize supplies without deficiencies and waste becomes the primary goal of every nutritionist, veterinarian and breeder.
Contact us to study together the mineral profile and the mineralization level of your ration