AgriLabs announces the introduction of StressMate, a product developed from colostrum that provides a source of small proteins commonly referred to as bioactives, which help calves cope with stress.
"Stress in calves is certain," said Adam Yankowsky, Business Unit Manager for Livestock Products for AgriLabs. "Beginning at birth, calves face stressful conditions that may have a long lasting impairment on their growth and productivity."
Calves require quality colostrum or replacer immediately following birth. However, in many instances, quality colostrum is not available or the calf is unable to consume what it needs for the best start possible.
"That is why StressMate has been developed," said Dustin Kjelden of Sterling Technology, AgriLabs' marketing partner for North and South America.
Producers now have an option to treat stressed calves and to help calves exposed to stressful conditions such as birth, commingling, transport or adverse weather.
"StressMate's unique formulation is comprised of concentrated small proteins that are essential in helping to boost the calf's own natural or innate defense system," said Dr. Jennifer Trout, Technical Services Veterinarian for AgriLabs. "When fed to young calves, even after gut closure, calves have an immediate source of essential immune supportive nutrients."
StressMate is available through AgriLabs' network of distribution partners and will be included in the AgriLabs' Healthy Difference Calf Care campaign, Yankowsky said. The Healthy Difference Program is designed to provide practical education with information prepared by veterinarians, about how newborn beef or dairy calves can start and stay healthy from birth through weaning.
StressMate is packaged in 250 mL bottles. It can be fed orally alone, or in milk, milk replacer or electrolyte solution.