Cargill has introduced Pulmatop®; a feed additive rich in antioxidants and plant-based ingredients that can support the immune and respiratory systems of ruminants, and especially young animals, during critical periods in their development.

Pulmatop includes a carefully balanced mixture of powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols, organic selenium and rumen-protected vitamin C, that   support the immune system.

It also includes plant-based essential oils that support the respiratory system, and clay minerals that  encourage  digestive  function and provide intestinal protection

“The components in Pulmatop have a synergistic effect, working together to stimulate vitality in young animals during critical times such as weaning,” says Cargill’s youngstock specialist Bianca Theeruth.

“It will support the immune and respiratory systems when conditions are less than ideal, such as when they move to new groups, or housing changes, or if temperatures fluctuate. Calves are their most vulnerable when conditions are more challenging and the inclusion of Pulmatop can help nurture them through this critical phase.”

Either included as a routine or added  ahead of a known critical period, perhaps before weaning, Pulmatop is in pelleted form and can be used as a top dressing on feed or included in starter pellets or coarse mixes. Recommended rates depend on the age and ruminant species, and on whether the animal is in normal conditions or entering a period of challenge.

“Pulmatop is an important tool in our youngstock rearing armoury as we look to reduce the effect of challenges and prevent growth checks,” adds Ms Theeruth. “Avoiding the risk of disease and the need to treat it, especially as we target reduced antibiotic use, makes a lot of sense on cost, health and welfare grounds.”

Cargill is encouraging Dairy Tech visitors to find out more about its new youngstock feed additive Pulmatop by visiting its stand and picking up a 30g sample to try back home. Visitors will also get a packet of Jakeman throat and chest lozenges that, like Pulmatop, includes eucalyptus; an ingredient used to support the respiratory system. And the prize draw, open to all visitors, is a 15kg bucket of Pulmatop.