Bridgewater, N.J. – Alpharma Animal Health introduces a convenient way to provide ionophore
supplementation to pasture cattle. Called Bovatec 2.2, the new 44-lb. block contains 2.2 grams/lb. of Bovatec (lasalocid). In replacement dairy heifers developed on pasture, supplementation with an ionophore can increase growth rates, allowing heifers to cycle, calve and reach full reproductive potential earlier.
"Bovatec is an ionophore feed additive that has demonstrated efficacy as a performance enhancer, improving the rate of gain in dairy heifers," says Mark LaVorgna, global director technical services, Alpharma. "In pasture-grass diets, Bovatec enhances growth rates in most any type of pasture forage. Now, by offering it in a block, we are making it easier for producers to deliver Bovatec to heifers on pasture."
Bovatec can increase daily gains of pasture-fed cattle by as much as 0.12 lb. to 0.18 lb. per head per day. The Bovatec 2.2 block is recommended to be placed near watering or resting areas for best intake.
"The block form of Bovatec 2.2 is compact and easy to handle, and allows managers to monitor consumption patterns in the field," notes Dale Blasi, Extension specialist–beef cattle nutrition and management, Kansas State University. "Delivering supplements to pasture cattle can be logistically challenging, particularly in extensive settings. The salt content in Bovatec 2.2 encourages intake, and the convenience of the block saves time and labor."
For assistance locating a local Bovatec 2.2 supplier, contact Alpharma at (800) 834-6470, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.alpharma.com.