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Negative DCAD Balancing with BIO-CHLOR

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:

  1. Supports dry matter intake (DMI) prepartum leading to less time diagnosing off-feed issues postpartum
  2. Smoother calvings with fewer metabolic disorders
  3. 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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1. Robert Corbett. ARM & HAMMER™ Animal Nutrition, 2001. Data on file.
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.
4. DeGroot MA, Block E, French PD. Effect of prepartum anionic supplementation on periparturient feed intake, health, and milk production. J Dairy Sci 2010:93:5268–5279.
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Video | Golden Flake – Palm Fat Supplement (C16:0 C18:0 Bypass Fat)

Golden Flake is a palm oil based by-product, which is high in C16:0 & C18:0 content, extremely high in energy and a very palatable protected fat. Golden Flake can be incorporated into a total mixed ration, top-dressed onto forage or included in a blend. Pestell Minerals & Ingredients is the exclusive distributor of Golden Flake in Canada & USA.

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Trident Protected Fats – Sustainable Palm Oil in Protected Fats

Since June 2014, all Trident Protected Fat products, including Silver Prills & Golden Flake have been GreenPalm certified.

All users of Trident Protected Fats can claim they are supporting the production of Sustainable Palm Oil.

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11 Essential Flavours to Encourage Feed Intake

Animals rely on their sense of smell and taste to evaluate desirable feed. When feedstuffs have an unpleasant smell and taste, they can result in reduced feed intake and a poor return on investment for producers.

Essential Dry Essence™ Flavours are designed to impart both aroma and taste to feedstuffs, therefore maintaining a consistency in feed regardless of formulation change or ingredient challenges.

Listed here are 11 Essential Flavours to encourage feed intake, mask unpleasant smelling ingredients, enhance palatability and maximize your profits!

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Bio-Chlor – For Smoother Calving & Less Disorders

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.

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Megalac – Consistent Energy, Consistent Productivity

The industry’s first bypass fat.

MEGALAC® helps enhance herd productivity by delivering rumen bypass fat to the small intestine. This provides the extra energy needed to achieve peak production levels.

MEGALAC is the first bypass fat and most efficient energy source on the market.1 First introduced in 1986, MEGALAC remains the industry standard and is the only bypass fat with a USDA measured Net Energy for Lactation (NEL) value, 2.96 Mcal/lb.2

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NutriTek® – Next Generation Dairy Technology

NutriTek® is Diamond V’s most advanced natural nutritional health product for all dairy animals.

It brings a new level of support for optimal digestive health and balanced immune function, which translates into healthy dairy cows performing to their genetic potential.

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New Crop Corn – Pelleting Challenges in The Mill

Minimize & Alleviate Challenges with PellTech

New Crop Corn can often be a challenge to pellet. Typically, pellet mills run harder and are more prone to choke, which causes overall productivity to decrease with the introduction of New Crop Corn. A build up on the die associated with early corn can slow throughput and wreak havoc on pellet durability, leading to poor pellet quality.

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K-Diformate – Acidifier for Swine Feed

Potassium Diformate is based on ADDCON’s patented diformate technology, it is a performance enhancer for weaner and fattening pigs, as well for sows.

The advantages of Potassium Diformate speak for themselves. Continue reading to see what they are.

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Sweet Iron – Oral Iron Supplement for Nursing & Weaned Pigs

IRON is an essential nutrient during your pig’s rapid pre-weaning growth stage.
Pigs with inadequate iron supplementation are at a disadvantage and will not meet their growth potential.

Use SWEET IRON to compliment the iron shot you gave at birth and guarantee adequate iron to meet the nutritional requirement.

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