Negative DCAD Balancing with BIO-CHLOR
Less disease, smoother calving.
BIO-CHLOR™ is the only consistently formulated, palatable anion source that drives bacterial growth to support rumen function and produce metabolizable protein (MP). BIO-CHLOR delivers the negative DCAD required to consistently acidify cows and help prevent metabolic disorders.
Monitor urine pH to help prevent metabolic disorders.
- Measuring urine pH is a tool to verify that cows are consistently consuming the negative DCAD diet that was formulated and delivered to the bunk
- The lower the ration DCAD the lower the urine pH
NOTE: See our How-To Sheet on monitoring urine pH.
The BIO-CHLOR advantage:
- Supports dry matter intake (DMI) prepartum leading to less time diagnosing off-feed issues postpartum
- Smoother calvings with fewer metabolic disorders
- Fewer resources needed to diagnose and treat subclinical/clinical issues
BIO-CHLOR helps stop milk fever before it starts.
DCAD balancing: proven.
The close-up ration helps set the stage for optimal performance in the upcoming lactation. One proven nutritional tool during transition is dietary cation-anion difference (DCAD) balancing.
Spend less time dealing with disorders.
A healthier herd with BIO-CHLOR.
Cows fed BIO-CHLOR at least 21 days prepartum experienced:1
- 84.6% fewer cases of milk fever
- 65.9% reduction in retained placentas
- 71.0% fewer uterine infections
MP: the healthy way to achieve efficiency.
Deliver more MP with the ideal amino acid profile.
MP is the form of protein that’s digested postruminally and supplies essential amino acids which are vital to dairy cow maintenance and productivity.
Improved Protein Status
- Reduce metabolic disease
- Improved immune function
- Greater start-up milks
Boost milk yield.
In two different studies, cows fed BIO-CHLOR 21 days prepartum showed improved milk production compared to the control diet.3,4
Recommended feeding rates.
Feeding rates will vary and are approximately 1.5 to 2.0 lbs. per cow per day.
- Obtain DCAD forage analysis by wet chemistry and test water supply to determine chloride, potassium, sodium and sulfur levels which can vary by water source and could affect DCAD levels
- Optimum DCAD range for prepartum cows is -8 to -12 meq/100g dry matter
- Feed BIO-CHLOR™ as a primary MP source in prepartum cow diets
NOTE: For more details on formulating ration DCAD, ask your Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition representative about our How-To Sheets for balancing negative and positive DCAD diets.
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2. Weich W, Block E, Litherland, NB. Extended negative dietary cation-anion difference feeding does not negatively affect postpartum performance of multiparous dairy cows. J Dairy Sci 2013;96:5780-5792.
3. Hoover, Webster. Difference in feed intake pre- and postpartum, urine pH prepartum, and difference in production parameters postpartum for cows fed a control diet vs. a BIO-CHLOR containing diet (DCAD -10 meq/100 g DM) for 21 days pre-partum. ADSA Abstract, 1998.