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Dry cow

Minerals that go to work, not to waste. 

Improper mineral supply can have major consequences for the health and productivity of dairy cattle and, as a result, come at a high cost.

BIOPLEX® and SEL-PLEX® minerals from Alltech allows for greater bioavailability and better mineral absorption by your cows. The more minerals taken up and utilised, the less waste mineral is excreted in urine.

These superior mineral forms also contribute to improved immunity and health status, providing the platform for a trouble-free calving and maximum milk production in the following lactation.


Why are BIOPLEX and SEL-PLEX minerals different?

BIOPLEX trace minerals are classified as chelates of protein hydrolysates. BIOPLEX has higher stability through better bonding strength between the mineral and amino acids. This allows increased uptake of minerals in the animal. In BIOPLEX, you will find a highly controlled mixture of molecules (ligands), including single amino acids and small-chain peptides. Research has proven BIOPLEX minerals to be much more stable compared to other amino acid chelate competitors. This all means that the minerals are more stable in the animal’s digestive tract, more bioavailable and better retained within the animal’s cell tissues.

SEL-PLEX® is selenium supplied in the form of selenoamino acids. The absorption of these molecules occurs within the small intestine and is much more efficient than other forms of selenium, such as selenite.


Why include BIOPLEX and SEL-PLEX in your dry cow minerals?

In trial research:

  • Heifers born to BIOPLEX and SEL-PLEX fed cows calved 26 days earlier than the control group.
  • Cows fed BIOPLEX and SEL-PLEX minerals produced 1.7kg more milk per day, or 520 kg more milk over a 305-day lactation (F. Pino, Penn State University)


Ask your mineral supplier to include BIOPLEX and SEL-PLEX in your dry cow minerals or contact Alltech on +353 (0) 86 142 7404.

Why is the dry cow period important?

Successful transition from the dry period into lactation is one of the most critical moments in a dairy cow’s lactation. It will have a direct impact on milk production, cow health and reproductive performance during the subsequent lactation.

To achieve a successful transition, the management and nutrition of dry cows needs to be right. The success of the transition revolves around four key pillars, watch our dry cow video series and learn more about the four pillars here: body condition score, nutrition, minerals and management.

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Make your dry cow minerals count.

Most Irish silages do not supply the required amount of minerals to get the cow through the dry period. As a result, these minerals need to be supplemented. If you have not already done so, testing your silage for minerals will give a good indication of the mineral status and ensure you are feeding a balanced mineral supplement. Once known, informed decisions can be made on the most effective way of supplementation.