James and Francis Kyle who run 220 milking cows and other enterprises near Ballymoney have seen a significant difference in their calf health and vitality since they started using Provita Promist so were happy to host a demo and share their experiences. They were using a fan and tunnel but were still having problems. Since using Provita Promist they have reduced their usage of antibiotics. Attendees were interested to learn that due to the increased use of vaccines there has been an increase in mycoplasma related pneumonia for which there is not a vaccine commercially available. Promist can help to control air quality and is formulated to combat all harmful air and surface pathogens that can cause pneumonia.
Co Fermanagh suckler beef producer Eddie Rogers also had a demo on his farm. It was discussed how good ventilation is a core requirement for all cattle housing, in order to prevent the onset of pneumonia problems at this time of the year. Eddie houses his cows with their calves at foot all under one roof normally at the beginning of October. As a Tesco Angus supplier, management criteria is very strict so keeping pneumonia at bay during the first three months of housing is crucially important.
Demo attendees learned how during autumn calving, a major health problem which can affect new-born calves is pneumonia. Provita Promist is a proprietary blend of natural organic acids, essential oils and wetting agents which together improve conditions of housed stock. Natural organic acids in Promist lower the pH in the air creating an environment inhibitory to harmful bacteria and viruses. It should be used at housing or when new stock has been introduced onto the farm, as pathogens can spread when animals from different sources are mixed. Thereafter use as often as required, e.g. when more stock is added to cattle houses or during still weather conditions until air flow improves. It can also be used daily in houses that have permanently poor air flow. Promist will also reduce ammonia and dust levels. It should be used above and around the cattle to purify the air, the surfaces and the animals. The essential oils provide an expectorant effect.