New Easy Breathe calf Bolus launched by Matrix Animal Health
Matrix Animal Health is delighted to bring to the market the Easy Breathe calf bolus. The bolus contains a combination of ingredients that have potent antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory activity making them very useful for combating lung infections in young calves.
Calf pneumonia or Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) is a complex, multi-factorial disease which results in inflammation and damage to both the lungs and respiratory tract. It is the most common reason for poor performance and death of calves in the UK and Ireland before they reach 9 weeks of age. Respiratory health can impact a calf for its entire life leading to reduced growth rates, slower finishing times and reduced milk yields.
A study from the University of Copenhagen found that one of the main components which make up the bolus stops two separate forms of bacteria from working, both which are known to cause pneumonia infections. It was discovered that the compound prohibited molecules inside the bacteria from functioning. They also found that it can break down the bacteria’s biofilm – a shield that protects them from antibodies and the animals own natural immune system. It also supports the immunity of the calf, reduces stress and helps maintain a healthy respiratory system.
Tim Montgomery from Matrix Animal Health commented ‘This has been a very challenging year for rearing calves with many pneumonia issues being reported in calf houses up and down the country. The timely UK and Ireland launch of Easy Breathe is a great addition to our very popular calf rearing range of Calf Clear, Calf Dry, Calf Boost and Cattle Thrive. The principle of the Easy Breathe calf bolus has been tried and trusted in farms across Germany, France and the Netherlands for some time and now that same advanced technology bolus has been made available to farmers here, our customers are reporting the same positive results. Farmers are commenting that they like the security of a bolus and that when they know the bolus has been administered to the calf, they have peace of mind and not relying on a dull calf ingesting an additive mixed along with feed or milk’.
Talking with a local farmer on his experience ‘I use the Easy Breathe calf bolus as a blanket protection during high risk periods to cover all our calves. The way we look at it on this farm is the bolus is our insurance policy against a full onset of pneumonia spreading through our calf house. If needs be, in some circumstances, I would also use the bolus on an individual spot treatment basis as part of my daily routine. If I see a calf with a slight sign of a respiratory symptoms such as runny nose, coughing, or difficulty breathing etc I give it the East Breathe bolus or two if I judge the calf to be slightly more severe. Within a very short time the calf will be looking brighter and breathing easier. It’s a very handy product to use, relatively inexpensive and another step towards our farms goal of reducing the amount of antibiotics we use’.