Prince Agri Products Inc. announced March 31 that it has opened a new manufacturing facility to expand production of its unique, patented anionic nutritional specialty product, Animate, which is designed to reduce the incidence of low blood calcium in transition cows.
Prince Agri Products president Dean Warras said the new 12,000 sq. ft. facility, located at the company's headquarters in Quincy, Ill., will support a five-fold increase in Animate production to meet current and anticipated future demand by dairy operators in North America.
"The opening of our new Animate production facility not only reflects the improved performance that dairy producers have experienced by feeding Animate, but also Prince's continuing commitment to the dairy industry," Warras said. "Fresh cow health is one of the most important factors contributing to overall dairy success and profitability."
During the transition period, dairy cows can experience a significant drop in blood calcium concentrations, resulting in milk fever, or slightly below normal blood calcium concentrations, which is classified as subclinical hypocalcemia. Either of these conditions can have a negative impact on herd health and milk production.
Animate has been shown to help maintain normal blood calcium concentrations in pre- and postpartum dairy cows.