Supplements

The health and activity of rumen microflora is at the absolute core of all our products which have been specifically formulated to supply ruminant animals with the most cost-effective source of Nitrogen, Sulphur and Phosphorus.

uPRO Orange

Our signature blend. The uPRO product range has been scientifically formulated to enhance the stability and increase the slow release properties of urea as a water-soluble feed additive. uPRO is the most cost-effective method to supplement ruminant microflora with nonprotein nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur.

To be used through DIT Technologies Water Supplementing Dispensers – the NUTRIDOSE or the NUTRIPRO.

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uPRO Orange is a unique product exclusive to DIT Technologies that provides a rapidly soluble source of 100% available phosphorus and urea to ruminant microflora through water supplementation.

The signs of Phosphorus deficiency in cattle are fairly well known and include reduced appetite, body weight loss, poor growth, infertility, bone soreness (peg leg), bone fractures, bone chewing leading to botulism and death. Phosphorus restriction during late lactation and early pregnancy probably cause the most deleterious effects.

Unlike other urea-based products, uPRO Orange is the only product that provides a slow release form of urea that is completely non-toxic. This is due to the strong bond between the urea molecule and the phosphoric acid molecule that must be broken before urease can act on the urea. The urease has no effect in converting uPRO Orange to ammonia therefore making it a safe form of urea.

The conversion occurs slowly as the bacteria release the phosphorus bond before attacking the urea molecule. uPRO Orange is strongly acidic (pH 2) and acts to buffer the high bicarbonate bore waters, therefore stabilising urea and preventing its decay to ammonia in alkaline water sources.

For more information on the importance of phosporus in ruminants request a copy of our Product Information Sheet.

Ingredients
Urea Phosphate, Ammonium Sulphate

Best Suited For
All grazing areas where pasture experiences a level of phosphorus deficiency. As phosphorus is involved in almost every metabolic reaction in ruminants, uPHOS is ideal for water medication particularly during the wet season when energy and protein levels are at their peak.

Features

  • Unlike other urea-based products, uPRO Orange is the only product that provides a slow release form of urea that is completely non-toxic
  • Rapidly soluble source of 100% available phosphorus and urea to ruminant microflora through water medication
  • Available in dry 25kg bags for mixing in nutrient tanks or as Liquid 60 which enables direct injection straight out of an IBC shuttle
  • Ideal for feeding during wet seasons

uPRO Green

A 100% safe Urea formula without the risk of Urea toxicity. With phosphorus deficiency being prevalent throughout much of Australia, uPRO Green provides a rapidly soluble source of 100% available phosphorus and slow release form of urea to ruminant microflora through water medication.

To be used through DIT Technologies’ Water Dispensers – the NUTRIPRO and the NUTRIDOSE.

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When urea is fed to cattle or sheep it is broken down to ammonia in the rumen by the enzyme urease. Urease is commonly present in many plants and bacteria and is of primary importance in rumen function. Urease is specific to urea and does not catalyse any other reactions. Urea is provided to stimulate the growth of the rumen micro-organisms. This increased growth leads to greater fibre utilisation and the increased production of bacteria adds valuable protein that the ruminant can use.

Formulation Design
The uPRO product range has been designed to enhance the stability and increase the slow release properties of urea as a water-soluble feed additive. The formulation is based on a mixture of urea, urea phosphate and ammonium sulphate. Trace elements can be added in addition to the ration. The ratios will vary depending on the different water types however the general formula of uPRO Green plus trace elements will suit most situations and provide a slower release, more stable water-soluble supplement. In special cases, such as when the bicarbonate level of the bore water is very high, urea is replaced with additional urea phosphate to provide additional stability. This is why a bore water analysis is critical.

Urea Phosphate
Gives uPRO its slow release properties. It is completely and rapidly soluble and ideal for water supplementation into livestock drinking water and it prevents product settling in troughs and pipe. Urea also provides a source of Phosphorus, a vital element for the growth of cattle, sheep and goats. Unlike many other phosphorus supplements, when fed through a water supplementing system, the phosphorus contained in Urea Phosphate is 100% available to the animal. 

Ammonium Sulphate
This compound contains sulphur as well as some nitrogen, both of which are vital elements required for the manufacture of protein by rumen bacteria. Urea. The most economic form of nitrogen supplementation available. Urea contains 46% nitrogen, utilised by rumen bacteria to manufacture protein.

uPRO Liquid 60
The Liquid 60 formula is a 60% liquid concentrate. When presented in 1,000 litre IBC shuttle, the liquid conentrate contains 60% uPro (600kg) mixed with 40% water (400L). This concentrated is then diluted in the concentrate tank at a ratio of 1:6 to give a 10% concentrate (100 grams per litre). The NutriDose is set to deliver at the rate of 1%, giving a concentration of 1 gram per litre in the drinking water. The use of “direct injection” as a method to dispense the concentrate is increasing in popularity and eliminates any need for the user to pre-mix or dilute. uTRACE trace element mix can be premixed into the Liquid 60 Formulation.

Ingredients
Urea, Urea Phosphate, Ammonium Sulphate

Product Versions
uPRO, uPRO Liquid 60 

Best Suited For
All grazing regions of Australia during dry times. As grasses mature and dry out, they become fibrous and difficult for ruminant animals to digest and nutrients less accessible. Although little can be done to improve the digestibility of dry pasture, uPRO is able to provide ruminant microbes with the building blocks to support an increased rate of digestion of dry pasture. This results in an increased intake of dry feed, increased weight gains and a superior animal performance during dry times.

Features:

  • Designed specifically to enhance the slow release properties of urea as a water-soluble feed additive
  • Minimizes ammonia blow off from water sources
  • Once dissolved, will remain completely in a water-soluble solution- no settling out
  • Provides a source of phosphorus that is 100% available
  • Available in both 25kg bags for mixing in nutrient tanks and as a liquid concentrate for direct injection into water lines

uPRO Mulga

uPRO Mulga is a soluble feed supplement for sheep and cattle grazing on Mulga. It provides the superior stability and solubility of DIT Technologies uPRO product range but includes a source of polyethylene glycol (peg) to maximise productivity for producers within the mulga lands.

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When urea is fed to cattle or sheep it is broken down to ammonia in the rumen by the enzyme urease. Urease is commonly present in many plants and bacteria and is of primary importance in rumen function. Urease is specific to urea and does not catalyse any other reactions. Urea is provided to stimulate the growth of the rumen micro-organisms. This increased growth leads to greater fibre utilisation and the increased production of bacteria adds valuable protein that the ruminant can use.

Formulation Design
The uPRO product range has been designed to enhance the stability and increase the slow release properties of urea as a water- soluble feed additive. The formulation is based on a mixture of urea, urea phosphate and ammonium sulphate. Trace elements can be added in addition to the ration.

Urea Phosphate
Gives uPRO its slow release properties. It is completely and rapidly soluble and ideal for water supplementation into livestock drinking water. Urea phosphate provides a source of 100 % available Phosphorus, a vital element for the growth of cattle, sheep and goats.

Ammonium Sulphate
This compound containssulphur as well as some nitrogen, both of which are vital elements required for the manufacture of protein by rumen bacteria.

Polyethylene glycol (peg)
This compound has been added additionally to the uPro ration to provide a product specifically for animals grazing on mulga. Trials have shown that there is a production benefit in feeding PEG to ruminant animals grazing on mulga. The tannins found within the mulga leaf prevent ruminant microbes from accessing all of the available protein. It is hypothesised that PEG is able to assist in breaking these tannins down, which frees up and increases the available protein for animals grazing on mulga.

Ingredients
Urea, Urea Phosphate, Ammonium Sulphate, Polyethylene Glycol

Product Versions
25 Kilogram dry and liquid 60 concentration

Best Suited For
All regions throughout Australia where livestock are found grazing on Mulga.

Features

  • Designed specifically to enhance the slow release properties of urea as a water-soluble feed additive
  • Provides polyethylene glycol to breakdown tannins and increase protein availability
  • Minimises ammonia blow off from water sources
  • Once dissolved, will remain completely in a water-soluble solution – no settling out
  • Provides a source of phosphorus that is 100% available

uPHOS Phosphorus Booster

uPHOS Phosphorus Booster is soluble liquid feed additive that can be used in conjunction with uPRO Orange to instantly increase the level of available phosphorus when your livestock require a rapid response.   

To be used through the NutriDose system as advised by DIT Technologies.

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Respond instantly to changes in requirements

When the season changes suddenly, so to can the limiting nutrient contained in the pasture. When a rain event occurs, the requirements for protein (nitrogen) are lessened, and the requirements for Phosphorus increase. uPHOS Phosphorus Booster enables producers to instantly increase their phosphorus requirements when their livestock demand it. By adding uPHOS Phosphorus booster to the nutrient tank, the proportion of available phosphorus per litre of drinking water is increased without compromising the amount of crude protein.

As well as providing extra available phosphorus, uPHOS Phosphorus Booster can be used as a tool to temporarily decrease the risk ammonia when introducing new cattle onto supplemented water. The urea contained in uPHOS Phosphorus booster is considered a “slow release” safe urea due to the strong molecular bond that inhibits its catalysation into ammonia. Therefore, uPHOS Phosphorus booster can be used to temporarily replace uPRO Orange to enable cattle to adapt to the increase of urea in their diet without compromising the amount of urea being fed.

Urea Phosphate

Urea Phosphate provides a 100% soluble source of phosphorus. Unlike other Phosphorus sources such as MDCP, the solubility of uPHOS Phosphorus booster means that every gram of Phosphorus is available to be utilised by the animal. The inclusion of Phosphorus in the diet through uPHOS Phosphorus booster has shown to improve the fertility of breeding animals, improve the appetite and reduce bone fracturing incidence and botulism.

Available In

Liquid 60
Is a pre-mixed 60% solution
Available in 1000L IBC Shuttles, 200L and 25L drums
Requires no mixing on site by the user

 Cost Comparison

uPHOS Phosphorus Booster Beachport White Cap
Per L $3.00 $16.70
Mg/L of Phosphorus 115,200 3000

 

uTRACE

uTRACE is a water-soluble formulation containing all the major trace elements required by cattle, sheep and goats. It is designed to supplement pasture intakes and can be also used to provide the complete requirements for your herd.

To be used through DIT Technologies’ Water Dispensing systems – the NUTRIDOSE or NUTRIPRO.

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Rumen microorganisms of grazing animals obtain most of their mineral requirements from pasture, however many regions of Australia are deficient or marginal in micro minerals. uTRACE is designed to specifically to address these deficiencies in pasture so that the daily requirements of major trace elements for grazing sheep and cattle are met.

Copper deficiency in livestock can result in anemia, loss of colour in the haircoat, digestive disruption and poor animal performance (growth, lactation and/or reproduction). Young animals and high-performance animals are particularly susceptible to copper deficiency. The majority of forages grown in Eastern Australia and South Australia are deficient in copper.

Low Zinc levels are common – zinc deficiency in livestock is manifested by reduced growth rate, reduced fertility, parakeratosis (thickening and scaling of skin cells), loss of hair, dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), and increased susceptibility to foot rot and other foot infections.

Manganese deficiency in livestock impairs reproductive performance (delayed cycling, silent heats and reduced conception rates), skeletal deformities and contracted (shortened) tendons in newborn calves, enlarged joints and reduced birth weight.

Iodine infeed source levels are considered marginal to very low throughout Australia and can result in the development of Goiter which is a thyroid gland enlargement, as well as weak or stillborn calves, impaired fertility, retained placenta and increased the susceptibility of soft tissue to infection.

Cobalt is a vital constituent of Vitamin B12, deficiencies of which are commonly expressed as a “starvation-like” body condition, rough hair coat, discharge from the eyes, anemia and reproductive failure. Selenium deficiency problems are common, especially in coastal regions of Australia.

Selenium deficiency is commonly expressed as white muscle disease, but also results in reduced disease resistance, retained placenta and weak or dead calves. Since selenium is extremely toxic, great care should be exercised when including selenium in a mineral mix or a ration.

Magnesium is not considered a trace element as the amount required per day, while dependant on production, is between 30 and 60 grams which is normally obtained from the pasture. However, magnesium can be added if requested, to address issues such as grass tetany.

Best Suited For
All pasture systems throughout Australia where minerals are marginal or deficient.

Ingredients
Iron, Manganese, Zinc, Copper, Iodine, Selenium, Cobalt

Features

  • All naturally occurring mineral inputs
  • Acts as a rumen and entire digestive tract buffer
  • Available in 25L drums, 200L drums or 1,000L IBC shuttles

uTRACE can also be pre-mixed into any liquid 60 product or added to water sources on its own.

uCALM

A specially designed blend containing glucose, electrolytes and trace elements to assist with and prevent dehydration in cattle, sheep and goats during times of stress such as weaning, yarding, transport and induction. uCALM can be measured and poured directly into drinking troughs, or proportionally dosed through DIT Technologies’ MEDIPRO or PROMATIC dispensing units.

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Cattle and sheep deaths during the transport, handling and yarding process are still common and largely preventable and we are all aware of the problems associated with bruising, transport shrink in weight, dark cutters, high pH levels and hide damage which leads to loss in carcass value. With its combination of electrolytes, glucose and trace elements, uCALM is formulated to assist producers with minimising and preventing these losses.

Benefits

  • Can Assist with “Transit Tetany”
  • Can assist with sickness and “Dead Bellies” in feedlot induction cattle
  • Can assist in reducing Bovine Respiratory Disease and assist in “Sick Pen” recovery
  • Can reduce reliance on Induction Treatments

uCALM can be measured and poured directly into drinking troughs, or proportionally dosed through the MediPro, ProMatic or any other proportional dosing unit. uCALM is fed 1 to 3 days before transport at dosage rate of 30ml per head for cattle or 10mls per head for sheep and goats. Using the expected drinking rate of 25L per head per day.

uCALM is easy to administer by calculating the total expected water intake over the 1,2 or 3 days the stock will be drinking. Once this is calculated, dilute the required amount of u CALM into water supply.

Alternatively, uCALM can be dosed very simply with a ProMatic direct injection system. By simply setting the flow trigger to 25L and the dose rate to reflect either a 1 day, 2 day or 3 day period that stock have access to the supplemented water, the need to calculate and premix the formula is eliminated.

Ingredients
uTRACE chelated trace element formulation, Magnesium Sulphate, Dextrose Monohydrate

Best Suited For
uCALM has been designed to be used in all livestock situations and is broadly suited for supplementing cattle, sheep and goats during times of stress such as weaning, yarding, transport and induction.

Features
Will suit multiple dispensing methods uCALM is simple to administer and can be fed all year round regardless of seasonal conditions.

uCALM Export

Cattle and sheep deaths during the transport, handling and yarding process are still common and largely preventable. There are also problems associated with bruising, transport shrink in weight, dark cutters, high pH levels and hide damage which lead to loss in carcass value.

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Transport, Yard, & Induction Stress Relief

Cattle and sheep deaths during the transport, handling and yarding process are still common and largely preventable. There are also problems associated with bruising, transport shrink in weight, dark cutters, high pH levels and hide damage which lead to loss in carcass value.

Furthermore, many producers will be aware of the more subtle losses of production due to decreased disease resistance, poor appetite and extended recovery periods required following stressful transport

Not only are these losses preventable, producers that pay attention to the fine details of cattle handling and transport and ensure that adequate nutrition will be rewarded with increased returns and profitability.

Losses Due to Stress of Handling and Transport – Physiological and Metabolic Changes

It is well known that cattle and sheep taken off feed, handled and transported for any distance undergo a series of physiological changes that lead to muscular exhaustion, imbalance in electrolytes and metabolic changes that can take a considerable time to reverse. This is commonly seen in cattle transported to saleyards or feedlots where the transport shrink may be up to 12% and the time taken to reverse the metabolic changes and for cattle to return to normal growth patterns may be 10 days or longer. Some cattle may arrive in a completely exhausted state and may not completely recover. There is also an adverse effect on the immune competence of the animal and this stress will cause an increased susceptibility to disease, particularly virus infections.

From an economic viewpoint, these factors are vitally important since they can impair meat quality and increase carcass loss in cattle as well as causing production losses in cattle introduced to varying feedlot conditions. Furthermore, there is a growing concern that animal welfare conditions in the transport and handling environment are severely degraded and that this is preventable.

The major conditions that occur during and following handling and transport are;

  • Muscular exhaustion
  • Metabolic acidosis
  • Subclinical ketosis
  • Dehydration
  • Tissue Catabolism
  • Ruminal atony
  • Decreased levels of Calcium and Magnesium ions
  • Increased susceptibility to infections due to loss of immune competence

These lead to reduced appetite, slow recovery and increased susceptibility to infections.

Prevention of Transport Stress

It has been documented that cattle deprived of water during transport suffer from dehydration and loss of body weight (Wythes et al., 1980; 1983). Electrolyte imbalance has also been shown to occur (Schaefer et al. 1990.) The provision of water and water plus glucose and electrolytes has been shown to offer a practical means of alleviating the effects of this dehydration and to help prevent the degradation of conditions related to welfare encountered in the transportation environment (Schaefer et al. 1990; Jones et al. 1992; Gortel et al. 1992; Schaefer et al. 1992). This is an important consideration from an animal welfare point of view, apart from any economic benefits that may accrue from an improved welfare environment and demonstrates a simple and practical need to have water plus glucose and electrolytes available to animals at all times during transport and handling.

The Science – Stimulating Rumen Micoflora

The rumen fermentation process involves a range of microorganisms working together to digest the pasture substrate. This symbiotic relationship between microbes allows fermentation of diets high in fibre and low in protein. The end products of fermentation, volatile fatty acids and microbial biomass are used by the ruminant for growth.

The specific cellulose degrading bacteria are important in degrading cellulose in the diet. These bacteria are dependent on growth factors (valeric acid, valine, proline) to efficiently digest cellulose. These growth factors are generally provided by the amylose digesting bacteria.

When cattle and sheep are subjected to the stress of transport and handling experienced on trucks, in yards and onboard ships, the amylose digesting bacteria become compromised in their ability to function normally. When this occurs, the amylose digesting bacteria cannot produce valeric acid and other growth factors required by the cellulose digesting bacteria and cellulose digestion slows. This means that even though there is sufficient energy contained in the cellulose, it is less available due to poor digestion by the cellulose digesting bacteria due to a lack of growth factors.

It has been shown in in vitro studies that the provision of additional sources of substrates to the amylose digesting bacteria, allowing them to produce sufficient quantities of valeric acid and other iso acids, increases the cellulose digestion rate by factors by up to three times.

This has practical implications for stimulating cellulose digestion in the rumen during periods when carbohydrate levels are low. By feeding additional carbohydrate sources such as glucose, cellulose digestion can be maximised.

The uCALM Export formulation is designed to not only rehydrate and prevent transport stress in cattle and sheep but also to provide the rumen microorganisms with a supply of glucose to ensure that cellulose digestion can return to normal function as soon as possible. By enabling this process, it is hypothesised by DIT that animals will return to feed sooner and increase their intake of dry roughage whilst waiting in holding yards and in transit on boats.

uCALM Export- The Benefits

  • Rehydrates cattle and sheep after transportation
  • Provides ruminant microflora with the adequate inputs to enable a return to normal healthy function
  • Can assist in increasing dry feed intake
  • Can Assist with “Transit Tetany”
  • Can assist with sickness and “Dead Bellies” in feedlot induction cattle
  • Reduces the reliance on Induction Treatments

 Formulation Design

uCALM Export is a specifically designed blend containing the major trace elements found in uTRACE along with additional glucose and magnesium. uCALM EXPORT is suitable for cattle, sheep and goats during times of stress that occur in

  • Weaning
  • Yarding
  • Transport
  • All types of induction

uCALM Export is designed to proportionally dosed through the Nutridose or any other proportional dosing unit advised by DIT Technologies.

Ingredients

  • Cobalt
  • Copper
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Iodine
  • Potassium
  • Sodium

uFORAGE

uFORAGE has been specifically formulated to reduce the effects of Prussic acid on cattle grazing forage sorghum. Sorghum grown in stressed situations can have increased levels of Cyanogenic Glycosides which is converted in Prussic Acid. The levels are normally higher in plants that have suffered through drought and even more likely once the drought has broken and plants begin to grown. ​

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Formulation Design

Cattle suffering from Prussic Acid poisoning display symptoms including difficulties breathing, anxiety, muscle tremors, bloat and convulsions. Once the toxin is ingested the poisoning occurs quite quickly and animals can be dead within minutes. uFORAGE contains high levels of Sulphur.

Sulphur
The addition of sulphur increases the animal’s efficiency to convert Prussic Acid into a nontoxic form, reducing their likelihood of being
poisoned. uFORAGE provides Sulphur for poison prevention.

Urea Phosphate
Gives uFORAGE its slow release properties. It is completely and rapidly soluble and ideal for water supplementation into livestock drinking water and it prevents product settling in troughs and pipe. Urea also provides a source of Phosphorus, a vital element for the growth of cattle, sheep, and goats. Unlike many other phosphorus supplements, when fed through a water supplementing system, the phosphorus contained in Urea Phosphate is 100% available to the animal.

Ingredients
Urea Phosphate, Ammonium Sulphate, Magnesium Sulphate, Sodium Chloride

Product Versions
uPro, uPro Liquid 60

Best Suited For
Livestock, who are grazing on forage crops in particular sorghum.

Features

  • Designed specifically to enhance the slow release properties of urea as a water soluble feed additive
  • Minimises ammonia blow off from water sources
  • Once dissolved, will remain completely in a water soluble solution- no settling out
  • Provides a source of phosphorus that is 100% available
  • Available in both 25kg bags for mixing in nutrient tanks and as a liquid concentrate for Direct Injection into water lines

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