In times of low milk prices, it is particularly important for farmers to use their dairy cattle for as long as possible, with the health of the animals playing a vital role here. However, after calving, the cows often have an energy deficit, as the amount of energy consumed from feed is not sufficient for the amount of milk produced. This negative energy balance can potentially have adverse effects on the health of a dairy cow.
Conjugated linoleic acids (CLA) can balance the energy deficit and thus bring about a sustainably higher milk production. Endulac® CLA, a new product developed by BASF, combines the benefits of previous feed supplements with conjugated linoleic acids in one product. Endulac® CLA is suitable for both farmers and producers of mixed feed. The product not only has a positive effect on milk production, but also boosts the animals’ health.
BTC Europe relies on sustainable raw materials for the production of Endulac® CLA, which is why rapeseed oil was chosen as the main component. Conjugated linoleic acid is produced naturally in the rumen of dairy cows, whereas the linoleic acid used in Endulac® CLA is based on sunflower oil.
Eva-Maria Voss studied Agricultural and Animal Sciences in Bonn before joining BTC Europe as a Technical Expert Animal Nutrition in the area of dairy cattle in 2015. What fascinates her about working in sales is coming into contact with many different people and discussing the challenges encountered by the dairy industry. She developed an interest in agricultural topics early in her childhood: “I have experience in the field since I grew up on a farm with many dairy cows,” says Voss, who comes from the Sauerland region.