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Q1 Dairy Newsletter

Celebrating 25 Years: Helping Feed Tomorrow

Summer Benefits of AGRADO® Plus


As temperatures and humidity begin to creep up, dairy cattle continue to experience a higher incidence of heat stress. Heat stressed cattle have insufficient dietary energy to support maximum milk and milk component production. Consequently, milk yield of cows experiencing heat stress is usually depressed in the summer. The mechanism by which heat stress affects milk yield and animal health is partially explained by a reduction in dry matter intake (DMI), but also includes increased maintenance requirements resulting in the manifestation of oxidative stress. Research has shown that cows have higher indicators of oxidative stress in the hot summer months than in the cooler spring months. AGRADO® Plus supplementation during the hot summer months, especially at times when feed quality may be compromised due to temperature related instability, has the potential to reduce the induction of oxidative stress. For more information on using AGRADO Plus to mitigate heat stress in dairy cattle, click here.

Novus Is With You When It Matters!

In early June, Novus hosted its 11th annual Novus Dairy Nutrition Symposium in Seneca Falls, New York. Dr. Mike van Amburgh reviewed amino acid nutrition and the impacts on calf immunity and Dr. Jeff Hall reviewed his research on analyzing trace mineral status in the animal and how understanding current status can impact an animal’s production. Novus’s Dr. Karen Luchterhand shared her research on managing environmental stress in transition cows and how Novus is applying this information to expand the Novus C.O.W.S. Program. Finally, Dr. Jennifer Garrett joined us again to share further information on her findings in using communication and learning styles to affect and implement changes on the dairy. Each speaker shared some insightful information and challenged the audience to think more critically about their nutrition programs during this challenging economic time. To download the full proceedings, click here.

Getting to Know Heather Tucker, PhD

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Research Scientist, Ruminant Nutrition

Heather Tucker is the Research Scientist for Ruminant Nutrition at Novus International, Inc. In this role, she works with collaborators on research to support products for the ruminant market. In addition, she conducts research at Green Acres Farm to evaluate new applications of products. Heather works with technical and sales teams to ensure that the research conducted is applicable and relevant to customers and to each industry.

Heather joined Novus in 2014. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from the University of New Hampshire. From there, she earned her Masters in Dairy Science from Virginia Tech and her PhD in Animal Science from Purdue University. Afterwards, Heather was a post-doctorate researcher at Miner Institute, where she conducted industry funded research trials to evaluate the efficacy of amino acid and protein products for lactating dairy cows.

Research Focus

The North America technical service team, along with some of the sales and marketing team members, are looking forward to seeing many of you in Salt Lake City, Utah, for JAM July 19 – 23. This year at the meetings we have some great new research being presented across our key product platforms. Additionally, we will be hosting a cocktail reception on Wednesday evening, July 20 to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Visit our website, www.novusint.com for more information on the research being presented.

Thursday, 7:15 a.m.: Relative availability for lactating dairy cattle of methionine from two sources of ruminally protected methionine.
Thursday, 7:15 a.m: Bioavailability of different sources of zinc using stable isotopes in male Holstein calves.

Oral Presentations:
Wednesday, 10:30 a.m: Relative availability for lactating dairy cattle of methionine from two sources of ruminally protected methionine.