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The benefits of Shamrock Dairy Elite

Dairy Elite contains:
  • Two types of seaweed for efficient delivery of micronutrients and to stabilise the rumen

  • High levels of phosphorous & live yeast.

​Main uses of Dairy Elite:

• Improve milk yield

• Elongate ruminal papillae

• Adapt the rumen to prevent ruminal acidosis

• Improve fertility

• Change ruminal bacteria: cellulolytic to

amylolytic lactate-utilising bacteria.

  • Phosphorous: regulates calcium balance and stimulates dry matter intake

  • All minerals and trace elements are carried on an amino acid-base and are therefore protected to ensure optimum availability to the animal.

  • Rumen Buffer: maintains the correct pH and has 2.5 times the buffering capacity of sodium bicarbonate. Improving feed utilisation and subsequent performance.

  • Live-yeast: helps to double the rate of rumen adaptation for improved performance promotes increased dry matter intake, growth, development and milk production

Why Supplement?

Maximum performance: Overall animal health through good level energy and protein.

Minerals, trace elements and vitamins:

  • important mediators of animal health

  • enzymatic reactions - hormone regulation

  • growth, development and fertility

  • structural components (teeth and bones).

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:

  • subfertility,

  • lowered milk yields,

  • lowered live-weight gains

  • undesirable metabolic and production conditions

​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: genetic gain, milk and beef production.

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 cow 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, Plus a cow requires extra P for maintenance and breeding (25 to 30g/head)


Lethargy/ Reduced appetite/ Poor fertility/ Lameness/ Weight loss/ Reduced milk yield

The overall aim:

Nutritional management of the postpartum cow must be adequate to promote milk production and ensure a return to regular oestrous.

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

​The importance of Post-Calving Supplementation:

➢ Reduce metabolic conditions post-calving

➢ Increase the rate of rumen adaptation to a high

energy diet

➢ Support reproductive efficiency

➢ Produce B-complex vitamins in the rumen

➢ Cost effective

➢ Ensure raw materials are available during times

of stress

➢ Increase milk yield

The importance of live yeast in the bovine diet:

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

  • Improve feed conversion efficiency by between 10% and 15%.

  • Increase milk yield:1 - 2 litres more milk per cow.

  • Improve milk quality: increase milk protein yield.

  • Improved fertility, body condition and overall herd health.

  • The yeast which Shamrock uses differs from other live yeast in that it is micro-encapsulated to improve viability for use under commercial farm conditions


Insufficient supplementation can predispose animals to:

  • subfertility

  • lowered milk yield

  • lowered live weight gain

  • undesirable metabolic conditions.

The net result of supplementation with Shamrock Dairy Elite is:

  • minimize the risk of metabolic conditions

  • promote milk production: yield and milk fat support return to breeding

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