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Shamrock Dairy Elite


Seaweed Based Products: vitamins and minerals more readily available to the animal

Ascophyllum nodosum:

- provides micronutrients

- promotes the function of the rumen

- enhances the immune system

- improves metabolic processes

- supports the cardiovascular system

- promotes fertility

- allows the animal to utilise forage and feed more efficiently

2. Products Contain Rumen Buffers

- to keep the rumen at the optimal pH for growth and development

Lithothamnium calcaerum:

- a red alga that breaks down slowly in the rumen

- 2.5 times the buffering capacity of NaHCO3

- brings the pH of the rumen back to 6.3 sooner after eating

- neutralises more acid over a longer period of time

- improves fibre digestion for improved performance

Why Supplement?

- Overall animal health through good level energy and protein = Maximum performance

- Minerals, trace elements and vitamins:

This all affects farm profitability:

increased labour/veterinary bills/increased culls

Appropriate supplementation is necessary:

a) ensure raw materials are available during times of increased stress

b) produce B-complex vitamins

c) overall health of the animals

Insufficient supplementation can predispose animals to:


lowered milk yields,

lowered live-weight gains

undesirable metabolic and production conditions

Shamrock Dairy Elite Contains :


Why use Shamrock Dairy Elite:

Fertility and Breeding:

A well-balanced mineral, trace element and vitamin programme can promote fertility: regular oestrous cycles, production of quality oocytes, fertilization, implantation, early embryonic development and maintenance of pregnancy to term.

Fertility is the main driver for producer profitability: milk production, beef production and genetic gain

The overall aim:

The overall aim: Nutritional management of the postpartum cow must be adequate to promote milk production and ensure return to regular oestrous.

This is achieved by “filling the energy gap” post-calving through better supplementation:

Shamrock Dairy Elite

Main uses Of Dairy Elite:


Elongate ruminal papillae

Milk Yield

Milk YieldChange ruminal bacteria: cellulolytic to amylolytic lactate-utilising bacteria.

Adapt the rumen to prevent ruminal acidosis

The importance of live yeast in the bovine diet:

Many studies have shown the beneficial effects live yeast products have on:

A recent trial in a high yielding UK herd showed the benefit of supplementing dairy cows with live yeast.  

The graph below clearly shows improved performance from cows supplemented with live yeast in early lactation:

The effects of live yeast supplementation to dairy cows during the hot season on production, feed efficiency, and digestibility.

Moallem U, Lehrer H, Livshitz L, Zachut M, Yakoby S. (2009)

“Examined the effects of live yeast supplementation to dairy cows during the summer season on milk production, feed efficiency and ration digestibility”

42 dairy cows were fed either a control lactating diet or supplemented with 1 g of live yeast

(amounts adjusted twice a week) per 4 kg of dry matter consumed.


It may be concluded that life yeast supplementation to dairy cows during the hot season improved the rumen environment in a way that increased the dry matter intake and in consequence enhanced the productivity and efficiency.

The net result of supplementation with Shamrock Dairy Elite is:

Insufficient supplementation can predispose animals to

Shamrock Farm Enterprises offers nutritional solutions to promote fertility in heifers/cows.

“Our products are seaweed based and contain a rumen buffer as standard, as well as containing essential minerals, trace elements and vitamins for healthy animals”

Reasons for using Shamrock products:

The importance of Post-Calving Supplementation:

The importance of Phosphorus:

Phosphorus forms the backbone of DNA, is an integral component of cell membranes, is a primary component of ATP and ATP for energy transfer and is an important structural component in bone.

Dairy cows Phosphorous Requirements:

1.1g of P is lost per litre of milk produced.

At peak production: a cow producing 26 kg of milk will lose on average 29g of P a day. Pllus a cow requires extra P for maintenance and breeding (25 to 30g/head)



Reduced appetite

Abnormal gait

Pica Poor fertility


Weight loss

Reduced milk yield