Winter and Dry Feed
Supplement early to avoid loss of condition in your livestock and help generate profits throughout Winter and drought conditions.
Supplementing for Winter
MegaMin protein supplements including MegaMin 50% Protein Meal, MegaMin Graze & Grow and MegaMin Dry Feed Block are formulated to feed rumen microbes to improve the rate of digestion and to stimulate the appetite of stock grazing frosted or dry pastures. The combination of broad spectrum macro minerals, trace minerals, urea and naturally protected protein meal stimulates rumen microbial activity for extended periods, helping stock to make the most of standing dry feed.
Lack of protein and minerals in drought affected or frosted pasture decreases rumen microbe activity, slowing digestion down to the point that stock are not able to consume enough dry feed to maintain body condition.
The more stock eat, the more they produce. So, as well as providing broad spectrum minerals that are lacking in dry feed, MegaMin Protein supplements are formulated to stimulate rumen microbe reproduction and increase forage digestion for extended periods of time, allowing your stock to increase intake and graze further afield.
MegaMin Mineral Blend proven as an effective Dry Feed supplement
In replicated University Trials, MegaMin Mineral Blend (the base mineral mix contained in all our livestock supplements) was proven to be an effective dry feed supplement.
This trial highlighted the benefits of macro and trace minerals for stock grazing low quality pastures and now these minerals, coupled with urea and protected protein meals, have been combined to bring even greater benefits to stock grazing dry fodder.
Supplement early to avoid loss of condition
The onset of dry conditions can creep up. By monitoring manure, a drop in feed quality can easily be identified, allowing the early introduction of supplements to avoid or minimise loss of stock condition.
When manure starts to ‘stack up’, protein supplementation is required to assist rumen function. Flat-formed pats indicate that protein supplements are working or that there is adequate protein in the pasture.
Feeding Rumen Microbes
Rumen microbes require protein (Nitrogen) to build up their numbers. Urea (non-protein nitrogen) is often the only source of nitrogen provided in dry feed supplements. Because rumen microbes rapidly break down this form of nitrogen to ammonia (<1hr), optimum rumen function is only maintained for a short period, reducing the digestion of dry fodder.
Urea can be toxic when fed in high amounts, therefore MegaMin protein supplements include protected proteins for extended stimulation of the rumen, as well as low, relatively safe rates of urea in the Dry Feed Block to provide a quick boost to rumen microbes.
Protected Protein provides extended Rumen Stimulation
The advantage of using naturally protected protein meals such as copra meal and cottonseed meal is that this protein breaks down slowly in the rumen. This provides a sustained source of ammonia for the rumen microbes to reproduce, enhancing the rate of digestion and stimulating appetite for an extended period of time.