Diamond V debuted its all-natural SmartCare technology for pre-weaning liquid diets, helping dairy calves get a healthy start.
For inclusion in whole milk and calf milk replacers, SmartCare is a unique nutritional health product produced exclusively through Diamond V's proprietary fermentation process. According to Diamond V, the bioactive compounds in SmartCare work synergistically to:
* Promote a healthy balance of beneficial gastrointestinal microbiota, which maximizes production of volatile fatty acids including butyrate;
* Provide high levels of antioxidants, which support a balanced immune system, and
* Optimize rumen and intestinal morphology, which promotes robust digestive health and calf performance.
Diamond V product manager Dr. Julia Hamann said, "Our two-step milk and starter-based program is a new solution to the challenges of calf rearing. Controlled studies show the combination of SmartCare in the liquid diet and Original XPC in the starter supports better calf immunity and overall health, faster rumen and intestinal development, increased starter intake, better feed efficiency and greater bodyweight gain."
Dr. Curtis Harms, director North America Dairy, added that Milk Products LLC will be the exclusive distributor of SmartCare. Based in Chilton, Wis., Milk Products is one of the nation's largest suppliers of high-quality animal milk replacers and young animal health products.