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(28th June 2016)

Roche's Feeds - Feed to nourish a lifetime performance

The concept of nutrition for life is key to the new line of dairy and beef feeds being formulated and developed by Roche’s Feeds. We have embraced in this the longevity for the animal, animal health and welfare and the fact that correct nutrition tailored for the stage of life of the animal aids health, reduces stress and antibiotic usage on farm animals. We are using the very latest scientific developments in additives to minimise the risk of pathogenic diseases and metabolic diseases to animals through appropriate use of essential oils, yeasts and beta-glucans, buffers, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. 

Feeding from start of life to end of life

We aim to give the animal every chance of getting the best start in life and believe that this will lead to a long productive life. Research in Europe has shown that heifer calves that suffer 3 to 4 incidences of pneumonia during their first year of life, that 70% of these heifers will only have one calf in their lifetime. When we consider the cost of producing that heifer to calf down to be €1300 to €1500 and then only milk 1 lactation, this a huge financial loss to the farmer and the national herd.  

We believe that with this new range of feeds we can help farmers to minimise calf diseases, calf mortality, and improved heifer rearing performance, improve herd fertility, improve cow mobility and improve milk solids through good health leading to longevity in the herd, and thus herd profitability.  

Roches Feeds Pre-Calver Nut     

Our range starts with our pre-calver nut. This feed is a medium energy feed with a very good mineral level designed to meet the cow’s optimum mineral nutrition. When fed at 2 kgs per hd per day for 6 weeks precalving it will help to minimise milk fever risk, help to reduce incidences of retained placentae, allow the cow to have a stress free labour and an efficient quick calving process – this will help cow and calf to get going immediately afterwards and reduce metabolic disease risk to the cow. Also in the 6 weeks pre-calving the level of Vit D3, Vit E and Selenium in the pre-calver nut will help to nourish the neonatal calf, mineralising the calf bones, allowing the lungs and heart to develop to their optimum. The when the calf is born it can suckle its mother quickly and get in a good feed of high quality colostrum to give the perfect boost to the calf’s immune system. We have also included BIOTIN in this feed to allow the cow to harden and repair her hoofs during the dry period.  


Keto Boost Pellets 

In most dairy herds during the busy calving period freshly calved cows can come under pressure from events like a difficult calving, a displaced stomach, lameness, acidosis or simply from coming into milk too quickly. Any of these events can lead to dose of ketosis in that cow. A cow that suffers from ketosis will have a depressed immune system and be prone to other metabolic diseases. She will not come into heat for 100 days after the event thus leaving her outside the desired calving pattern for the herd and costing the farmer more as her days open increase. Feeding 2 kgs of Keto boost pellets as a midday snack for 10 days will deliver 250 grams per cow per day of monopropyleneglycol as a liver boost and get the cow back  on her feet quickly, thus minimising the ill-effects of ketosis. This is an essential tool on every dairy farm during the calving period.  


Alka-Dairy Nuts 

These are high ph alkaline dairy nuts which enable us to formulate in 60% cereal energy to the feed safely. This energy is crucial in early lactation and when combined with the extra buffering reduces the risk of SARA (Sub-Acute Ruminal Acidosis). This in turn helps improve appetite and dry matter intakes which will improve body condition score and milk solids. Once a cow establishes a good high rumen PH in early lactation it enables the cow to maintain a more even body temperature, better overall health which lessens the risk of lameness. We formulate this range a different protein levels from 14 to 18 and 24% depending on the diet requirements at the time of feeding.          


Roche’s Feeds Heifer Rearer 20%

This is a high protein palatable nut designed to stimulate rumen development and support high growth rates in weaned heifer calves so as to enable them to achieve 85% of mature body weight when calving down between 22 and 26 months of age. This nut has added B vitamins, yeast and is formulated to .7% phosphorus to support good bone mineralisation during this period of high growth rates. This feed can be fed at between 1 to 2 kgs per head per day depending on grass or forage availability and can be introduced to calves immediately after weaning.   


Roche’s Feeds Pedigree Pencils 

This formula is highly nutritious, well buffered and can be fed at high feeding rates to all ages of cattle. It is particularly suited to cattle for showing or for bulls being prepared for sale as breeding animals. This is an 18% protein nut designed to help maintain a healthy rumen environment, drive good Dry Matter intakes to support up to 2 kgs live weight gain per hd per day. It includes the Roche’s Feeds Show Cattle Top Up pack which helps stimulate hair growth and shine as well as supporting energy metabolism and growth. 

This is a 40% cereal based feed with highly palatable fibres such as sugar beet pulp and soya hulls for stable rumen function. It is well mineralised and formulated to .6% phosphorous. The Pedigree Pencil nut will support a healthy rumen, drive growth rates and give a good coat of hair to bulls being prepared for sale for the very important breeding season. Healthy bulls all the way along are more fertile.

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We at Roche's Feeds wish to advise customers that every effort has been made to make the information on this website accurate. However rations may have to be changed at the discretion of the Nutritionist as a result of market forces.  Should this arise we will substitute the product with an alternative ingredient of a similar structure. A product may also be changed to improve the benefits of the mix in the best interests of the farmer.