Bovatec in MFA Beef Feeds
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From weaned calves or yearlings on pasture to fed cattle in the feedlot, Bovatec can help make our beef producers more efficient. Increased efficiency helps keep the cost of production down.
Bovatec is a standard medication in many MFA feeds. Following is a brief synopsis about the product and its benefits.
What is Bovatec?
Introduced to the animal health market in 1982, Bovatec is a medicated premix containing the active ingredient lasalocid sodium, an ionophore. Ionophores function as regulators of ruminal microbial fermentations.
How Does It Work?
Bovatec favorably alters ruminal microbial fermentation and activity that allows the animal to utilize dietary energy and protein more efficiently. It helps pasture cattle utilize supplements and pasture more efficiently, thus increasing daily gain of cattle on any forage diet during any season.
In fed cattle, this more efficient use of energy and protein enables them to gain weight faster on less feed per pound of gain. In replacement heifers, the increase in growth rate enables heifers to reach optimal breeding weight earlier and freshen sooner.
Stocker cattle weighing over 400 pounds should receive 150-200 mg for consistent gains.
What Are the Benefits of Adding Bovatec to Feed?
1. Increased rate of gain in pasture cattle and replacement heifers: Bovatec works with any forage, increasing daily gain of cattle or replacement heifers. Research trial data have shown average daily gain (ADG) increased over 5% more with cattle fed Bovatec at 30 g/ton of feed than with non-medicated cattle.
2. Improved feed efficiency in feedlot cattle Bovatec at 30 g/ton of feed improved feed efficiency by over 8% compared to non-medicated cattle.
3. Coccidiosis control in cattle weighing up to 800 pounds: Research indicates that Bovatec kills coccidia early in the coccidial life cycle, thus preventing destruction of cells in both the small and large intestine. It protects against the clinical form of coccidiosis that can cause bloody diarrhea and nutrient-robbing destruction of intestinal cells. Bovatec also protects against the subclinical (hidden) form, which also can cause destruction of intestinal cells. Research shows that virtually all beef and dairy cattle are exposed to the disease on a continuing basis.
Must the Feed Program Change to Feed Bovatec?
No step-up program is required. Feeding trials show that Bovatec is palatable and cattle adapt quickly to the feed with no reduction in feed intake. It is also safe to use and does not have to be withdrawn from cattle feeds prior to slaughter. As a result, it can continue to improve gain and feed efficiency until the day cattle are marketed.
Can I Feed Bovatec to Calves?
Because there is no minimal body weight restriction, Bovatec can even be used in calves at an early age when they are highly susceptible to coccidiosis. Some experts estimate that almost 100% of calves are infected with coccidiosis by eight months of age.
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