Not all drenches include the right ingredients at effective enough levels to provide both the instant and residual energy needed to get cows back to peak production.
Based on scientific research and field tests, two essential ingredients that are either under-dosed or not included in many drench mixes are calcium propionate and alfalfa.
Calcium propionate is a key ingredient for replenishing both energy and calcium to sick and fresh cows.1,2
Equally important is alfalfa, which provides an excellent source of nutrients for rumen bugs.1
1. Currin J. Fluid therapy for sick cows: To pump or not to pump. Virginia Tech. Dairy Pipeline. October 2007. Available at: http://www.sites.ext.vt.edu/newsletter-archive/dairy/2007-10/FluidTherapy.html. Accessed: 7/19/17.
2. Hutjens M. Drenching fresh cows. University of Illinois. Illinois Livestock Trail. April 2002. Available at: http://livestocktrail.illinois.edu/dairynet/paperDisplay.cfm?ContentID=636. Accessed: 7/6/17.
3. Puch H. Rumen bugs 101—feeding the microbes, not just the cow. Progressive Cattleman. December 2016. Available at: http://www.progressivecattle.com/topics/feed-nutrition/7611-rumen-bugs-101-feeding-the-microbes-not-just-the-cow. Accessed: 7/10/17.
4. Newell R. Alfalfa still reigns in dairy diets, but watch for surplus RDP. Progressive Dairyman. February 2015. Available at: http://www.progressivedairy.com/topics/feed-nutrition/alfalfa-still-reigns-in-dairy-diets-but-watch-for-surplus-rdp. Accessed: 7/10/17.