Cow Times of Stress

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Most producers know having cows and calves under stress can rob an operation of profits. These stressors can occur for a variety of reasons, ranging from diseases and injury to normal production events, such as vaccinations or shipping/receiving. During times of stress, it is common for animals to experience loss of appetite. However, the right supplements can help animals better manage stress, resume eating normally and maintain performance. It is well known that stress reduces the number of beneficial intestinal microflora (bacteria) and upsets the balance between beneficial and non beneficial or pathogenic microflora. As long as the proper balance of beneficial microflora to non beneficial microflora exists, the intestinal tract functions essentially as it should. If this balance is upset and the beneficial microflora are reduced or lose their competitive edge, predisposition to various diseases can occur as well as reduced feed efficiency.