OCM™ Global is truly a friend in the feedlot! OCM™ Global is a unique blend of minerals (non-medicated) that has been credited with preventing and solving digestive problems in livestock for many years. Cattle feeders, feedlot managers and veterinarians have come to depend on OCM™ Global because they can see the difference. These professionals see consistent feed intakes resulting in uninterrupted growth.
OCM™ Global helps to restore and maintain normal rumen and intestinal functions, making it an essential part of each feeding phase:
- Incoming Cattle
- Growing Cattle
- Finishing Cattle
Incoming cattle have obviously been stressed by the time they reach the feedlot. Depending on the severity of stress, several negative events have occurred:
- Decreased Motility of the Rumen and Intestine
- Depressed Populations of Rumen Microflora
- Loss of Rumen Volume
Inconsistent droppings are common when walking a pen of new cattle.
Constipation Resulting From:
- Decreased Gut Motility
Scouring Resulting From:
- Feed Change and/or Acidosis
- Infectious Processes (viral, bacterial, or parasitic)
OCM™ Global is used to help newly arrived cattle restore normal rumen function and stabilize their feed intake. What you will see are fast starts and early weight gains.
Despite our best efforts, conditions will exist that offer an overwhelming challenge to feedlot cattle. These conditions almost always interfere with consistent feed intake … our number one goal in the feedlot!
- Weather Extremes
- Labor/Management Changes
- Low Quality Feedstuffs
The list could go on, however the results are the same, that is digestive upset resulting in poor feedlot performance. You can see it in their droppings, the best clinical tool we have to frequently evaluate the digestive status of cattle.
Special situations call for special actions!
OCM™ Global for Special Situations:
FLUSH with OCM™ Global for 3 days every 30 days …
Day 1: 5.5 to 6.0oz (160g) /head
Day 2: 4.0 to 4.5oz (120g)/head
Day 3: 2.5 to 3.0oz (80g)/head
OCM™ Global for Special Conditions …
Feed 4.0 to 4.5oz (120g)/head/day for the first 4 days in the feedlot.
Adverse Conditions (e.g. weather and feed changes):
Feed 2.5 to 3.0oz (80g)/head/day for 4 days
The challenge with growing and backgrounding cattle is obtaining efficient lean gains, while using roughages of varying quality. This challenge can be met by enhancing dry matter intake.
OCM™ Global serves as a tool in this stage of production to stimulate efficient rumen turnover, which is absolutely necessary for optimum intakes.
High intakes and consistent gains … you will see the difference with OCM™ Global.
As cattle transition to (and progress through) the finisher rations, radical fermentation changes are taking place in the rumen:
- Transition from Fiber to Starch Fermentation
- Rumen pH Decreases
- Rumen Motility Decreases
- Less Buffer Protection from Saliva and Cud Chewing
A watchful eye on the cattle, along with good bunk management, is particularly important during this time. The slightest stress or management change, while feeding high grain rations, can quickly affect the rumen’s environment. Acidosis is the result!
The inclusion of OCM™ Global in finishing rations will provide:
- A Buffer to Neutralize the Acids Created by Starch Fermentation
- A Stimulus for Rumen Motility
- An Effective Removal of Excessive Mucus from the Digestive Tract
- A Sulfur Source to Meet the Nutrient Needs of the Rumen Micro-organisms
Diagnosing ‘Borderline’ Acidosis
Acidosis, a condition describing a lower than normal rumen pH (high acidity), commonly occurs while feeding soluble carbohydrates (grain) to a ruminant. The severity of acidosis will vary due to the amount of acids in the rumen and how rapidly these acids develop.
Acute acidosis, particularly when it results in death, is obvious and easy to diagnose, while “borderline” acidosis, caused by the cycling (up and down) of the rumen pH, can be more difficult.
“Borderline” acidosis is a disruption of rumen fermentation, which can have a negative economic impact on feedlot performance. It is therefore worthy of vigilant observation with a decisive response plan.
The evaluation of cattle droppings in the feedlot is the best management tool to control “borderline” acidosis. You may find large amounts of undigested fiber or grain in the droppings, or you may find a wide variety of physical forms and color. It’s time to flush with OCM™ Global when you see the following level of inconsistency in droppings:
- 25% of droppings hard and/or encased with mucus
- 25% of droppings very loose
- 50% of droppings normal
OCM™ Global has been credited with improving the consistency of droppings, which is a reflection of efficient feed utilization. Further, those feedlots flushing with OCM™ Global every 30 days see the difference in keeping their cattle’s digestive system in peak condition.
OCM™ Global for Growing Cattle:
Feed 0.6 to 0.8oz (20g)/head/day
(Double this rate when feeding high grain rations)
The use of OCM™ Global will help promote:
Fewer Digestive Problems
Efficient Rumen Fermentation
High and Consistent Feed Intake
OCM™ Global for Finishing Cattle:
Feed 1.25 to 1.50oz (40g)/head/day