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June North American Dairy E-newsletter

AGRADO® Plus Alleviates Oxidative Stress

Oxidative stress, the production and build-up of free radicals, occurs when environmental, physiological or nutritive stressors develop. Normally, natural antioxidants (i.e., vitamins and trace minerals) within the body keep animals in a state of oxidative balance by neutralizing free radicals produced as part of normal metabolism. However, under conditions like heat stress, free radical production increases and can overwhelm this fine-tuned system and result in oxidative stress. This reduces performance, including reproductive efficiency. Providing antioxidant support to breeding animals can alleviate oxidative stress associated with heat stress.

A study was conducted using 384 dairy replacement heifers in south Florida during summer to evaluate the effects of AGRADO® Plus antioxidant on pregnancy rates during heat stress. Half of the dairy heifers were fed the farm’s standard total mixed ration (TMR) as a control diet and half were fed the same TMR with AGRADO® Plus. The heifers were housed outdoors in two similar paddocks with shade, water and limited grazing and fed a TMR once daily. The results indicated heifers supplemented with AGRADO® Plus became pregnant at a higher frequency than control heifers. Heifers receiving AGRADO® Plus had more observable, frequent heats leading to more inseminations and more pregnancies overall. Ameliorating the effects of oxidative stress, AGRADO® Plus allowed heifers to conceive more pregnancies under heat stress, leading to a reduction in heifer rearing costs for the dairy.



Spotlight > >



  • Severe transportation shortage (electronic logging devices (ELDs), extreme weather, labor shortage and increased shipper volumes)
  • Transit times are increasing due to the ELDs
  • 1:5 ratio of dry vans to loads, nationally
  • Carriers are able to be selective about loads
  • Spot rates remain well above during the same weeks in 2016 and 2017

Tips and Tricks

  • Make your loading facility as attractive as possible:
    • Limited or no wait times
    • Driver lounge with Wi-Fi
    • Snacks
    • Restrooms
  • Add lead time to your orders to allow for increased booking and transit times
  • Encourage collaboration between customers and suppliers to build networks with backhauls

Benefits of AGRADO® Plus in Dairy!


ASDA Annual Meeting

010501a5-57e8-480d-b96a-b84689a0daf7Novus was in booth 416 at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Dairy Science Association, the most comprehensive dairy science meeting in the world, from June 25-27, 2018. We were excited to be amongst approximately 1,900 dairy food and production specialists and researchers! We enjoyed connecting with you and discussing how Novus can help improve your herd’s health through management and nutritional practices as well as our C.O.W.S. assessment program. Join us next year in Cincinnati, Ohio!

Getting to Know Brittany Pham


What is your official title at Novus?
Global Logistics Manager

How long have you been with Novus?
9+ years

Which product of Novus’s is your favorite?
MINTREX® trace minerals

What accomplishment or moment in your career are you most proud of?
Not taking the safe route – taking on roles outside my area of expertise, particularly in an industry/function that is male-dominated.

What is the oddest or hardest question a customer or collaborator has ever asked you?
How to handle a mixture of ALIMET® and a non-methionine liquid when another supplier accidentally unloaded their product into the incorrect tank.

In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge facing the animal agriculture industry today?
From a logistics perspective, managing costs during a time in which multiple variables are making a lean supply chain more challenging (aging drivers, cross-contamination/bio-security concerns, transparency to consumers). These issues are manifesting in multiple ways such as consumer pressure to know where their food products have been and government regulatory action (FSMA).

What would be your first move if you were tasked with helping the industry overcome that challenge?
Identify what is feasible to address at the company level (ex. customized bills of lading) and what must be addressed at the industry level and engage industry groups accordingly.

When you are not promoting Novus products what do you like to do?
Read, swim and travel (domestic and international).

If you could go to dinner with any 3 people dead or alive, who would you choose?

  • Abraham Lincoln - I hail from Lincoln, Illinois – the original town christened by Lincoln.
  • Queen Elizabeth I - She succeeded in a time where women didn’t have opportunity for success.
  • Emma Watson - She is leading the HeForShe movement to continue the fight for gender equality globally.

What is your favorite beef/dairy/pork/poultry product to eat?
Cheese. It goes great on just about everything and is also a perfect food by itself.

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