Summer heat stress can cause decreased milk production and reproduction in dairy cattle. By managing heat stress through cooling alternatives, cows can better control productivity. NiaShure™ Precision Release Niacin offers a cost effective, reliable source of niacin for regulating heat stress. Estimates show that 95% of raw niacin is broken down in the rumen. Research proves that increased bioavailability provided by feeding rumen-protected niacin increases efficiency and reduces stress caused by overheating. Balchem’s NiaShure provides an encapsulated option that delivers 85% of the niacin to the intestinal tract. Delivery to the intestine is critical for healthy reproduction and maximum milk yield. Research from the University of Arizona identified three ways niacin benefits dairy cattle:
Increase in peripheral circulation — Feeding niacin increases blood cow to the skin and as a result allows the skin to dissipate heat by moving blood away from the core of the body.
Increased sweating — Much like a human, by increasing the ability for cows to sweat, heat can be reduced within the body.
Cellular protein structure stability — As cows start stressing from heat, Heat Shock Proteins (HSP) are produced. HSPs protect cells from damage and refold cellular proteins. Researchers have found if fed niacin HSP production is increased. Feeding niacin can increase energy corrected milk, increase milk protein and lower body temperature. Using NiaShure Precision Release Niacin from Balchem provides reassurance niacin is delivered where it’s needed for a stress-free cow.
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