With milk prices hitting lows not seen since 2006, the nutritionists at H.J. Baker Animal Health & Nutrition decided to find a new nutrient solution to help dairy operators improve milk production and reduce costs.
The result is Lactivate 3-in-1 Formula For Transition Cows — a first-of-its-kind protein/amino acid concentrate based on the theory of protein balancing, rather than traditional energy balancing.
"By front-loading cows with highly digestible proteins and rumen-protected lysine and methionine prior to calving, we can usually ramp up milk production levels more quickly than with traditional energy balancing formulas," said nutritionist Dr. Kip Karges. "Protein balancing most often results in increased milk volume and improved milk components over a longer period of time, without as much body wasting from the animal. So you're improving outputs and allowing for faster bounce-back. We're taking what was previously textbook theory and putting it into practice at a time when dairymen need help more than ever."
According to Karges, H.J. Baker had been considering a protein balancing formula, but when one of dairy's top operations asked for something new to combat market pricing, a protein balanced concentrate was put on "the fast track."
"Initial results are incredibly encouraging," Karges added. "Moving away from energy balancing could be the way of the future."
To learn more about Lactivate 3-in-1 Formula For Transition Cows and protein balancing, visit hjbaker.com.