- Finished pens of animals are more uniform
- Dairy cows have higher milk output, improved butterfat and protein content, and lower somatic cell counts
- Dairy cows are gentler and more content at milking time and have a reduced freshening interval
- Animals require less medication and respond better to health treatments if required
- Breeding stock experience higher first-time conception rates
- Animals’ digestion is improved for less manure and odor
How does Biobase Rumen work?
Biobase Rumen is a liquid feed additive that contains enzymes and other natural compounds designed to multiply the beneficial bacteria, protozoa and other microbes in the rumen. Chandler Biobase Rumen enhances the digestion of feed and improves the absorption of nutrients, which increases daily rate of gain and feeding efficiency in beef cattle and other meat animals. The product also increases milk production, improves butterfat and protein content and reduces somatic cell counts when fed to dairy cows. A withdrawal period is not required after feeding Biobase Rumen.
What ingredients are in Biobase Rumen?
All of the ingredients in Biobase Rumen are natural, and the product is completely non-toxic when used as recommended. The product contains amino acids, enzymes, peptides and other biological compounds from liquid Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Proprionibacterium Freudenreichii fermentation products, and these ingredients represent at least 52.0% of the product composition. Biobase Rumen also contains trace amounts of four elements that are important for digestive functions:
- 70% iron
- 25% copper
- 22% zinc
- 12% manganese
Biobase Rumen does not contain any live bacteria or other microorganism cultures, and it is not classified as a drug. So, a withdrawal period is not required.
How do I feed Biobase Rumen?
In most applications, Biobase Rumen is diluted with enough water to allow for thorough mixing with feed or roughages. The most common methods are:
- Pretreated feed mix – spray or sprinkle diluted Biobase Rumen on the grain or protein when the feed is ground or mixed in bulk. For best results, do not store treated feed for more than a few weeks after mixing.
- Pretreated pellets – Biobase Rumen may be sprayed or sprinkled on feed pellets. To avoid high temperatures that may degrade the product performance, always apply the diluted Biobase Rumen after the pellets are formed.
- Top-dressing – diluted Biobase Rumen may be sprayed or sprinkled on feed or roughage in the feed bunk.
- Drinking water – the product may be mixed or injected into drinking water supplies. For best results, the water system should have an agitator to make sure that the product does not settle and is uniformly available to all animals.
- Drench – temporary high dosages may be fed to pens of animals that were recently transported or to individual animals that are sick or under stress. In these cases, the required amount of Biobase Rumen may be mixed with a small amount of water or other liquid and applied as a drench in the mouth.
What rate of Biobase Rumen should I use?
Application rate for Biobase Rumen depends on the species, weight and condition of the ruminant animals. The following daily application rates for Biobase Rumen are stated in terms of cubic centimeters (cc’s), which are a metric measure of volume:
Cattle and other animals that exceed 400 pounds
- 3-4 cc per head per day while on feed
- 6-8 cc per head per day for the first 5-7 days after transport, sickness or other stress
Beef and dairy calves
- 3 cc per head per day for the first 5-7 days after birth or transport
- 5 cc per head per day for the next 6 weeks
- 2 cc per head per day up to 400 pounds
Sheep and goats
- 1 cc per head per day while on feed
See the Application Rate page for detailed rate information.
How much does Biobase Rumen cost to feed?
Biobase Rumen costs 2.4 cents ($0.024) per cc at the regular retail price for a single gallon. For ruminant animals that weigh 400 pounds or more, we can use the 3 cc per head per day application rate to compute the per-head feeding costs:
- $0.072 per head per day
- $2.16 per head per month
- $25.92 per head per year
Please note that these costs will be lower if purchased in case lots or in 30 gallon drums. Even at the single-gallon price, only a modest increase in daily rate of gain or daily milk output is needed to recover the product cost. For example, an increase in daily milk production of just 0.5 pounds per head per day more than covers the investment.
For more information on Chandler Biobase Rumen, see the product brochure, call (309) 659-7773 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.