Bretts PIP Dry Cow

Bretts PIP Dry Cow minerals contain our unique Performance Improvement Pack (PIP).

PIP is developed based on sound scientific research and it’s success is also evident on farm with many farmers reporting improved cow performance in the immediate post calving period when dry matter intake is at its’ lowest.

The recommended feeding rate is 100 grams per cow per day in the 8 weeks prior to calving.

PIP Mode of Action in the Dry Cow:


Boosts immune system of the unborn calf and the cow

The inclusion of an immunity fortifier in PIP improves the vigour of the calf at birth and strengthens the cows’ own natural defences against bacterial infections.  By boosting the immune system immediately post-calving the cow is less susceptible to mastitis and uterine infections thus increasing the longevity of the cow in your herd.  Vitamin E and Protected Selenium are two of the key components in Bretts PIP Dry Cow that work to enhance immunity.

  • Vitamin E   
    Placental vitamin E is crucial for calf health and is influenced by a cows intake of vitamin E in the last 6 weeks of the pregnancy. Dry cows on restricted paddocks, or on silage and straw will not get sufficient vitamin E from the forage. A cow requires 30,000 IUs of Vitamin E during the dry period.  Calf embryos need large amounts of vitamin E at this stage to allow for good heart, lung and skeletal muscle development thus minimizing heart failure at birth and still births. Good lung development in the embryo leads to less respiratory problems and leaves new born calves better able to suckle.  Vitamin E in the colostrum reflects the cows vitamin E status and boosts the immune system.  In the cow high vitamin E status leaves the cow better able to resist mammary infections thus reducing mastitis incidence and lowering SCCs.  Through improved ability to fight infections it also reduces the incidences of uterine and reproductive tract infections thus improving chances of cows conceiving.
  • Selenium  
    Selenium, like Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and helps boost cow and calf immunity.  Calves born to cows that are fed protected selenium in the form of Selplex have excellent suckling ability and have good heart, lung and skeletal muscle development thus minimizing heart failure at birth and still births.  Selplex helps prepare the mammary glands for next lactation and reduced the incidence of mastitis in the following lactation.

Influence balance of macro elements to ensure quick calvings, prevent the onset of milk fever and retained foetal membranes

  • High Magnesium (22%) and No Added Calcium
    The combination of the above helps the cow to mobilize her own calcium reserves in the pre-partum period and thus reduces the risk of milk fever.
  • Vitamin D3
    Vitamin D3 in the dry cow controls and to some extent regulates the absorption and mobilisation of calcium from body reserves and its’ transport in the cow. This complex function is crucial at calving time and if working properly allows for easier and quicker labour, quick expulsion of the placenta, quicker appetite recovery and less displaced abomasums and less milk fever.  An animals’ store of vitamin D is sufficient for about three months, winter forages are low in D3 and body reserves deplete very quickly. Cows with vitamin D3 deficiency use up less calcium and phosphate and this can lead to impaired bone mineralization and growth of the foetus. Underdeveloped calves can have poor immune system and be prone to infection. Inefficient use of calcium and phosphate can cause depressed appetite and thus lead to poor body condition score pre calving thus leaving cows prone to going down at calving. Vitamin D3 is essential for late dry period and early lactation cows.
  • Phosphorus
    During the dry period the cow has a requirement for 25-30 grams of phosphorus per day, coming from the forage and the dry cow mineral.  In recent years the level of phosphorus in grass and conserved forage has been falling so it is extremely important to feed a high phosphorus dry cow mineral (in excess of 3%).  Phosphorus deficiency will lead to milk fever, slow calvings and retained fortal membranes.  Bretts PIP Dry Cow is fortified with high levels of phosphorus.

Reduces incidences of lameness

PIP contains a range of micro nutrients that are proven to improve the hardness and health of the hoof.  Through this the risk of sole lesions and losses from associated lameness are greatly reduced.  Biotin is also used by the cow to keep the hoof structure intact, improving hoof hardness and reducing lameness.


Preparation of the liver for next lactation

The inclusion of biotin in the dry period is to improve the functioning of the liver, helping to prepare the cow for her next lactation.  Good liver function is critical in preventing the onset of ketosis, especially in cows that are calving down in good condition.


Tackle high molybdenum intakes through forage

The inclusion of chelated minerals helps to tackle the problem of high molybdenum and other antagonistic minerals that are evident on many Irish farms.  The chelated minerals offer a form of ‘protected’ trace minerals that are fully available to the cow.


PIP is included in our range of dairy feeds


Contact details

Brett Brothers Ltd.,
Co. Kilkenny.
Tel: 056-7755300

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