Ruminant is a prebiotic digestive enhancer specially formulated for sheep and cattle. It is powered by Signal Molecule Technology. Ruminant is made from the fermentation of specially-selected beneficial bacteria (Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium animalis, Streptococcus thermophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Enterococcus faecium, and Propionibacterium freudenreichii) prebiotics, vitamins, minerals and trace elements to stimulate microbial activity in the rumen.
Ruminant aids in maintaining efficient rumen function through periods of stress such as weaning, transport and feed changes.
- Calves - 10ml/head at weaning and prior to feed changes and transport.
- Cattle - 20ml/head prior to feed changes, mating and transport.
At feed change The rumen microbe populations are required to change rapidly so stock can digest a new feed/supplementary crop and maintain feed utilisation and animal performance. This process of changing the microbe populations can take between 4 – 9 days under normal conditions. Introduce the supplementary crop over a few days and dose with Ruminant to help boost rumen microbial growth and thereby allow the rumen microbial populations to adapt rapidly.
After animal health problems, antibiotic use and wormers Conditions like acidosis and grass staggers depress the stock’s appetite and production. High acid levels in the rumen, and the use of antibiotics and dewormers can also adversely affect the rumen microbial populations and therefore rumen fermentation. Follow your vet’s treatment plan for the health problem and dose with Ruminant to help restore rumen microbial populations and digestive efficiency.
Prior to transportation e.g. to sale yards, for export Transportation is extremely stressful for animals. Prior to transport, moderately restrict feed intake, feed hay or silage as the low water content will help reduce the liquid content of effluent, and supplement with magnesium (with vet’s advice). Dose with Ruminant prior to transport to reduce transport stress and help with feed change pre and post transport.
Pre or post cold or hot weather events When sheep suffer from heat or cold stress more energy is partitioned towards maintaining body temperature and there is less energy for meat and wool production. Under heat stress the sheep’s rate of gut and rumen motility, appetite and feed intake is reduced. Ensure plenty of water and shade is available and dose with Ruminant to improve digestive efficiency. Under cold stress stock increase dry matter intake and rumination. Provide sufficient feed and dose with Ruminant to help stimulate rumen function and digestive efficiency