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American Dairy Science Association Annual Meeting

Novus will present information on four topics during the event’s symposia and oral sessions.

Karen Luchterhand, Ph.D., C.O.W.S.™ program manager, will provide three oral presentations on Tuesday, June 21 during the Animal Behavior and Well-Being oral session, chaired by Meagan King of the University of Manitoba (Canada) in room Bartle 2105.

  • 11:00 a.m. CST - The effect of stocking density on cow comfort measures in Jersey dairy cows. Presented by collaborator Dr. Luciano Caixeta from the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine at the University of Minnesota (United States).
  • 11:15 a.m. CST - Effect of stocking density on lameness and milk yield of Jersey cows.
  • 4:45 p.m. CST - Management factors associated with milk yield in dry lot facilities.

Luchterhand said these presentations reflect the work she and her team are doing with Novus customers in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

“The information I’m presenting comes from what we’ve analyzed through the Novus C.O.W.S.™ Program. Through C.O.W.S.™, we work with our customers to identify ways of unlocking bottlenecks and improving cow performance and health,” Luchterhand says. “The acronym stands for ‘Comfort, Oxidative Balance, Well-Being, Sustainability,’ which are all aspects we want to address through these comprehensive dairy assessments.”

During the poster presentation on Tuesday, June 21 in Exhibit Hall A, Novus Senior Research Scientist Heather Tucker, Ph.D., will share her research titled, “Comparison of zinc sources on increased tissue zinc enrichment with dietary antagonism.”

Tucker says this research is a continuation of the absorption story of MINTREX® bis-chelated trace minerals.

“MINTREX® isn’t a typical organic trace mineral. It’s a unique bis-chelate, meaning the mineral is bonded to two HMTBa molecules,” she says. “HMTBa is the methionine source of our ALIMET® feed supplement, MFP® feed supplement, and MHA® feed supplement. This unique bond allows the mineral to retain its composition and not be so impacted by antagonists in the gut and feed, so the mineral is ultimately wholly delivered to the site of absorption. Additionally, thanks to the HMTBa, methionine is delivered consistently to the animal. The new research I’m presenting at ADSA explains how, where, and how much MINTREX® Zn is absorbed in the animal.”

The poster will be viewable in Exhibit Hall A from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST with Tucker on-site to discuss the research from 7:30-9:30 a.m. CST.

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