MIN-AD is a naturally occurring calcium magnesium carbonate product (Ca,Mg)(CO3)2 that serves as an effective and economical buffer and rumen microbial growth enhancer. Research conducted by Cornell University confirms using MIN-AD as source of digestible Ca and Mg in transition cow rations increases feed efficiency and energy balance during this period.
- Increases prepartum dry matter intake (DMI)
- Improves energy balance
- Enhances milk production and components
- Stabilizes ruminal pH
- Increases microbial protein production
- Reduces ration costs
- Saves space in the diet
MIN-AD provides 61-75% more acid-consuming capacity than sodium based buffers, ensuring rapid buffering and longer term pH balance in the rumen and lower gastrointestinal tract. As a bioavailable source of Ca and Mg, MIN-AD can replace supplemental magnesium oxide (MgO) and limestone in the diet. When used in conjunction with sodium bicarbonate, MIN-AD increases microbial efficiency by 10% compared to typical MgO and sodium bicarbonate buffer packs, making MIN-AD a perfect fit for both dry and lactating dairy cow rations.
Dairy Features & Benefits
Replace part or all of your sodium bicarbonate or sesquicarbonate buffer with the equivalent quantity of MIN-AD and realize the following benefits:
Improved Milk Production - In two transition cow trials, a MIN-AD plus sodium bicarbonate buffer outperformed straight sodium bicarbonate. Complete replacement by MIN-AD gives similar production and components.
Acidosis Management - MIN-AD has 75% more acid-consuming capacity than sodium bicarbonate. MIN-AD is acid-soluble, making it available when rumen pH drops for several hours post-feeding, thereby improving acidosis management. Post rumen buffering has been demonstrated by measurably higher fecal pH levels.
Increased Microbial Efficiency - Research has shown that a MIN-AD plus sodium bicarbonate combination increases rumen microbial efficiency by about 10% compared to the typical MgO plus sodium bicarbonate buffer pack.
Added Minerals - Several trials that have measured Mg and Ca serum levels have shown MIN-AD to be an effective source of Ca and Mg. Therefore, you can reduce the amount of your supplement by 2-3 oz. when it is used to partially replace sodium-based buffers.
Beef Features & Benefits
MIN-AD use in feedlots has been the subject of numerous research experiments over four decades. Results from these experiments indicate that MIN-AD is an effective buffer under many different ration combinations, and has a cost benefit ratio of 13:1 to 30:1. Feedlot Economics. These benefits are realized as the direct and indirect actions of the following:
Decreased Cost of Gain – MIN-AD increases average daily gain and improves feed conversion when fed in combination with steam flaked corn and mixed grain rations.
Acidosis Management – MIN-AD has 75% more acid-consuming capacity than sodium bicarbonate. MIN-AD is acid-soluble, making it available when rumen pH drops for several hours post-feeding, thereby improving acidosis management.
Increased Microbial Efficiency – Research data shows that MIN-AD has a tendency to increase rumen microbial efficiency by about 10% in both dairy and beef applications.
Added Minerals – An effective source of calcium and magnesium, MIN-AD can serve as the sole source of supplemental magnesium in feedlot applications.
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