A high intake at pre-weaning can ensure better ADG after weaning. An improved ADG can assist to improve performance parameters, such as milk yield (Stamey et al 2012 ; Bach et al, 2008)
Sucram is a high intensity sweetener that can enhance the feed intake of dairy calves. Supplementing 200g Sucram/ton final feed significantly increased the feed intake of dairy calves (Pancosma Technical bulletin 133)
It has been suggested that major factors limiting small intestinal starch utilization by ruminants may include limited activity of pancreatic α-amylase or intestinal glucose absorption (Moran et al., 2014).
Absorption of glucose from the lumen of the intestine into enterocytes is accomplished by sodium-glucose co-transporter 1 (SGLT1) (Moran et al., 2014).
Supplementing Sucram to dairy calves increase SGLT1 function 3.4-fold (P = 0.03) which lead to a significant increase in glucose uptake (Moran et al., 2014)
Supplementing Sucram significantly increases villus height and crypt depth in dairy calves (Moran et al., 2014).
Supplementing Sucram to steers significantly increased the serum insulin levels (Ponce et al., 2007). Insulin assist with glucose absorption (Hugi et al., 1997)
Xtract 6930 is a micro encapsulated standardised combination of Capsicum (Chillies), Cinnamaldehyde (Cinnamon) and Carvacrol (Origanum).
Gastrointestinal tract of pre-weaned calves is similar to that of swine (Kim et al., 2010).
Xtract 6930 improves the immune system of swine, thus assisting to improve production responses (Liu et al, 2011 + 2012 ; Ilsley et al, 2003).
Supplementing Xtract 6930 to pre-weaned dairy calves significantly improved both DMI and ADG (Siurana et al., 2014)
Supplementing Xtract 6930 to dairy calves significantly improved performance (including FCR, DMI and ADG) as reported by different research institutions (Oguey et al, 2011; Pancosma Technical bulletins: 05XTR001; 4103; 03XTR026).