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“The Alkalizer for Ruminant Diets”

Alka technology has been successfully used to feed animals through the alkaline characteristics of conserved crops as Alkalage®, Alkagrain® and Alkastraw® for well over 25 years using the ammonia release technology of Home n’ Dry ®. The benefits of non acidic alkaline feed materials have been shown in many markets across the world for feeding the whole spectrum of ruminant animals in ways that enhance rumen health and performance. These in turn allow users to increase productivity whilst maintaining animal health and increasing the use of own grown or locally grown feeds.

Alkaline feed materials have not only preserved crops but have also allowed diets to be formulated with much lower underlying acidity – the first stage in controlling both SARA (sub-acute rumen acidosis) and indeed clinical acidosis.

This creates a virtuous chain of events that the nutritionist can exploit to both increase animal performance and health but also to lower purchased feed costs and to utilise desirable fast fermenting diets so vital for producing the “hot diets” increasingly seen as important for high yielding cows and intensive finished beef cattle.

¥Reducing diet acid loading from the forages encourages increased feed intakes.

¥Increased feed intakes lead to higher forage intakes.

¥Higher conserved forage intakes improve rumen function and allow for better utilisation of fast fermenting and concentrate feeds.

¥Better digestion and feed intakes maintain better production.

¥Better rumen function reduces the need for costly bypass nutrients and increases utilisation and requirement for lower cost rumen degradable nutrients.

After on farm testing and product reformulation the Alka technology has now been harnessed to produce AlkabupHa® a complimentary feedstuff to be incorporated into the mixed diet where it rapidly releases ammonia that reacts with the fermentation acids from the forages to reduce the initial acid loading in the diet and encourage higher feed intake.

AlkabupHa® is carefully formulated from common feed ingredients to have both active alkalising effect and passive buffering from selected calcium and magnesium sources.

High quality well fermented grass and maize forages are often highly challenging with regard to high levels of lactic acid and other fermentation acids. AlkabupHa® is designed to combat this whilst, unlike simple buffer systems, providing key nutrients to the animal – particularly protein that is often lacking in maize silage and even modern grass silages as we use less nitrogen fertiliser on the crop.

 Frequently Asked Questions

What is AlkabupHa®? AlkabupHa is a complimentary compound feed designed to be fed to ruminants by mixing into the forages fed to the animal. It is made from carefully selected sources of common feed materials so that it rapidly releases ammonia on getting damp in the diet.

AlkabupHa® contains 90% Crude Protein and contributes strongly to the Calcium and Magnesium requirements of the animal.

How does AlkabupHa® work? The rapidly released ammonia reacts with and neutralises acid materials in the diet to form ammonium salts. In practice this means lactic acid and other VFA’s but also other acids that might load the diet from by-product and moist feeds. Diets will quickly stabilise at close to the ideal rumen pH of 6. Due to the logarithmic scale of pH even small increases have a significant impact on both feed intake and rumen performance.

As the ammonium salts are used in metabolism the ammonium component becomes a highly effective rumen degradable protein source reducing the requirement for high protein ingredients like Soya and Rape meal.

How do you feed AlkabupHa®? AlkabupHa® is added into the mixer wagon as a feed ingredient according to how high the acidity level is in the underlying base forages. It is simply mixed in like any other feed component and the diet can be fed out immediately, the acid load reduction effect will develop over a couple of hours at the feed barrier.

Residual ammonia will continue to have a buffering effect even after consumption by the animal.

How much AlkabupHa® do I need to feed? The amount of AlkabupHa® required depends to a certain extent on the pH, moisture level and fermentation acid content of the diet forages. In general terms the ideal feeding level will be between 500g and 1200g per dairy cow per day. The maximum recommended rate is 1500g per dairy cow per day. With other animals rationed pro rata to feed intake, body weight and acid load risk.

 

“The Alkalizer for Ruminant Diets”

Alka technology has been successfully used to feed animals through the alkaline characteristics of conserved crops as Alkalage®, Alkagrain® and Alkastraw® for well over 25 years using the ammonia release technology of Home n’ Dry ®. The benefits of non acidic alkaline feed materials have been shown in many markets across the world for feeding the whole spectrum of ruminant animals in ways that enhance rumen health and performance. These in turn allow users to increase productivity whilst maintaining animal health and increasing the use of own grown or locally grown feeds.

Alkaline feed materials have not only preserved crops but have also allowed diets to be formulated with much lower underlying acidity – the first stage in controlling both SARA (sub-acute rumen acidosis) and indeed clinical acidosis.

This creates a virtuous chain of events that the nutritionist can exploit to both increase animal performance and health but also to lower purchased feed costs and to utilise desirable fast fermenting diets so vital for producing the “hot diets” increasingly seen as important for high yielding cows and intensive finished beef cattle.

  1. Reducing diet acid loading from the forages encourages increased feed intakes.

  2. Increased feed intakes lead to higher forage intakes.

  3. Higher conserved forage intakes improve rumen function and allow for better utilisation of fast fermenting and concentrate feeds.

  4. Better digestion and feed intakes maintain better production.

  5. Better rumen function reduces the need for costly bypass nutrients and increases utilisation and requirement for lower cost rumen degradable nutrients.

After on farm testing and product reformulation the Alka technology has now been harnessed to produce AlkabupHa® a complimentary feedstuff to be incorporated into the mixed diet where it rapidly releases ammonia that reacts with the fermentation acids from the forages to reduce the initial acid loading in the diet and encourage higher feed intake.

AlkabupHa® is carefully formulated from common feed ingredients to have both active alkalising effect and passive buffering from selected calcium and magnesium sources.

High quality well fermented grass and maize forages are often highly challenging with regard to high levels of lactic acid and other fermentation acids. AlkabupHa® is designed to combat this whilst, unlike simple buffer systems, providing key nutrients to the animal – particularly protein that is often lacking in maize silage and even modern grass silages as we use less nitrogen fertiliser on the crop.

 Frequently Asked Questions

What is AlkabupHa®? AlkabupHa is a complimentary compound feed designed to be fed to ruminants by mixing into the forages fed to the animal. It is made from carefully selected sources of common feed materials so that it rapidly releases ammonia on getting damp in the diet.

AlkabupHa® contains 90% Crude Protein and contributes strongly to the Calcium and Magnesium requirements of the animal.

How does AlkabupHa® work? The rapidly released ammonia reacts with and neutralises acid materials in the diet to form ammonium salts. In practice this means lactic acid and other VFA’s but also other acids that might load the diet from by-product and moist feeds. Diets will quickly stabilise at close to the ideal rumen pH of 6. Due to the logarithmic scale of pH even small increases have a significant impact on both feed intake and rumen performance.

As the ammonium salts are used in metabolism the ammonium component becomes a highly effective rumen degradable protein source reducing the requirement for high protein ingredients like Soya and Rape meal.

How do you feed AlkabupHa®? AlkabupHa® is added into the mixer wagon as a feed ingredient according to how high the acidity level is in the underlying base forages. It is simply mixed in like any other feed component and the diet can be fed out immediately, the acid load reduction effect will develop over a couple of hours at the feed barrier.

Residual ammonia will continue to have a buffering effect even after consumption by the animal.

How much AlkabupHa® do I need to feed? The amount of AlkabupHa® required depends to a certain extent on the pH, moisture level and fermentation acid content of the diet forages. In general terms the ideal feeding level will be between 500g and 1200g per dairy cow per day. The maximum recommended rate is 1500g per dairy cow per day. With other animals rationed pro rata to feed intake, body weight and acid load risk.