Novus Offers Dairy Producers a Solution to Rising Feed Costs

AGRADO® Plus feed ingredient increases performance of dairy cows

Aug 20, 2012, 06:00 ET from Novus International, Inc.

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- During these times of volatile and rising commodity prices, dairy producers eagerly search for more cost-effective feed rations. Studies involving AGRADO® Plus feed ingredient, from Novus International, Inc., have shown consistent performance of dairy cows under varying levels of unsaturated fats in the diet.

The dairy operations that participated in multiple university studies differed in both size and location throughout the United States. The diets examined included rations that used corn, bakery by-products, brewer's grains (dry and wet), corn gluten feed, corn gluten meal or distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS), plus the addition of AGRADO Plus feed ingredient. While diets high in unsaturated fats usually decrease the performance of dairy cows, in each instance, the trials showed no change in milk fat and in some instances an increase in milk production.

"Dairy producers have been under increased pressure to lower their feed costs as a result of the drought that has impacted much of the corn-belt," commented Ed Galo, Dairy Sales Manager, at Novus. "We're pleased to offer dairy producers a nutritional solution that will help ensure their cows perform at optimum levels regardless of the levels of unsaturated fats in their diets."

Participating dairy operations received additional benefits by adding AGRADO Plus feed ingredient in their feed rations including improved feed efficiency and a return on investment (ROI) of approximately 8 to 1. Although dairy producers can't control rising feed costs, they have a proven solution in AGRADO Plus feed ingredient.

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About Novus International, Inc.

Novus International, Inc. is headquartered in metropolitan St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. and serves customers in nearly 100 countries around the world. A global leader in developing animal health and nutrition solutions, Novus's products include ALIMET® and MHA® feed supplements, ACTIVATE® nutritional feed acid, ACIDOMIX® preservative premixture, ADVENT® coccidiosis control, MINTREX® chelated trace minerals, SANTOQUIN® feed preservative, MERA™MET aquaculture feed additive, AGRADO® feed ingredient and many other specialty ingredients. Arenus® ( is a division of Novus Nutrition Brands, LLC (a subsidiary of Novus International, Inc.) that focuses on developing health and dietary supplements for the equine and companion animal markets. Stratum® Nutrition, a division of Novus Nutrition Brands, LLC, focuses on human nutrition through specialty and functional ingredients for manufacturers of foods, beverages and dietary supplements ( Novus is privately owned by Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. and Nippon Soda Co., Ltd. For more information visit

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