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Heat slows down production of cattle, poultry and pigs

tue, 25 jun 2013
The effects of heat stress are divers and are often underestimated. Heat stress affects the physiological processes of the whole animal. The following elements are identified: increased respiratory rate/panting, decreased feed intake, rumen acidosis (also increased risk of subclinical rumen acidosis), decline of production in the form of growth, eggs, milk production (also sows) and a negative effect on fertility, e.g. in sows: a prolonged interval from weaning to oestrus, late ovulation, less clear signs of oestrus, more rebreeders, abortions, smaller litters, lower birth weights, autumn rejects and even an increased sow mortality rate during farrowing. To prevent rumen acidosis in cattle, Nuscience has developed....

Mervit Buffer+. Mervit Buffer+ contains a combination of rumen buffers with live yeast. This combination ensures that cows are less sensitive to rumen acidosis during or shortly after a period of heat stress. To improve the fertility of sows, Nuscience has developed Vitapunch. Vitapunch stimulates feed intake, resulting in a faster hormone production. The sows will demonstrate oestrus more quickly and clearly, which will reduce the risks of a late summer dip. During periods of heat stress, Mervit Heatstop can be added to the drinking water. A combination of various buffers, specific electrolytes and vitamins prevents the pH of the blood from changing as a result of panting and provides a supplement for electrolytes and vitamins. If you would like to have more information on management and feeding measures to prevent the effects of heat, Nuscience will be pleased to assist you.