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Energy, Vitamins, Microbials Help Calves Maintain Healthy Appetites, Gut Health During Times of Stress

The gut of a newborn calf is nearly sterile. Therefore, the health and well-being of a calf vitally depends on developing healthy gut microflora.

Providing calves with select vitamins, energy and a stabilized source of direct-fed microbials (probiotics) during times of stress can help them maintain a healthy appetite, digestion and immune system, enabling them to grow to their full genetic potential.

When calves are stressed, their appetites often decrease, while the nutritional demand on their bodies increases. The right blend of vitamins and natural microorganisms work to promote healthy microbial counts in the rumen and increase feed intake and improve digestive function.

Elements critical to maintaining a healthy calf cut during times of stress include:

  • Vitamins A and E, Thiamine HCL, Pyridoxide HCL and Vitamin B12 – Promote normal growth and development.
  • Pre-biotic Inulin – A complex carbohydrate that serves as a nutrient source to successfully colonize beneficial bacteria in the gut.
  • Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract – A high-quality protein based from yeast that contains concentrated levels of essential and functional nutrients critical for young animals.
  • Microorganisms including Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Enterococcus Faecium and Bacillus Subtilis to promote healthy ruminant function.

Beneficial vitamins, energy and microorganisms should be given to calves during birth and weaning, shipping and receiving, following antibiotic therapy, during digestive disorders and while showing.

For more information about Brookside Agra’s complete line of antibiotic-free, natural animal health products, contact Tim Nelson, Vice President – Animal Health and Nutrition Sales, at 402-560-7381 or