Genetics are just part of the equation. As sheep and goat producers, you have likely studied long and hard to make breeding decisions, but when breeding time comes, you want to make sure those decisions stick. Get the added assurance you need that your flock and herd are in their optimum health with nutrition from DuraFerm®.
DuraFerm is a line of vitamin and mineral supplements for small ruminants with the Amaferm® advantage to increase fertility and conception rates resulting in more lambs and kids, and ultimately more profit potential. When used at least 30 days prior to parturition through breeding, the formula supports quick repair of the reproductive tract, faster breed back and increased milk production for lamb and kid vigor and growth potential.
Get ‘em Bred, Keep ‘em Bred
DuraFerm offers a complete line of Concept•Aid® breeding minerals for both sheep and goats. With 2.5 times the NRC for quicker impact and the Amaferm for enhanced nutrient intake and digestibility, your livestock will thrive and reproduce more efficiently with both goats and sheep products from DuraFerm.
DuraFerm Goat Concept•Aid is a free-choice supplement that includes organic zinc, copper and manganese, selenium yeast and high levels of vitamin E to support reproduction and health. Although it is specifically designed to target cycling, embryo production and conception when fed 30 days prior to kidding through breeding, it is recommended to feed this product year-round for optimum herd health.
DuraFerm Goat Concept•Aid Protein Tub is a 50-pound cooked tub that includes 20% natural protein. It contains the same vitamin and mineral package and is designed to enhance reproductive preparedness.
DuraFerm Sheep Concept•Aid is a free choice mineral that contains organic zinc and manganese, selenium yeast and high levels of vitamin E to support maximum reproduction and health. It is an ideal mineral to use in the flock year-round.
DuraFerm Sheep Concept•Aid HEAT® is a highly fortified, free-choice vitamin and mineral supplement specifically designed to help mitigate heat stress during temperatures of 70 degrees or hotter. It is especially beneficial to combat the challenges of getting ewes bred in the summer. It also includes garlic, considered a natural insect deterrent.
DuraFerm Sheep Concept•Aid Protein Tub is a cooked tub with 16% protein, specifically designed to target cycling, embryo production and conception when fed 30 days prior to lambing through breeding. The added protein comes in a convenient tub and makes supplementing the flock even simple.
Perhaps the most popular sheep product for this time of year, should be the DuraFerm Sheep Concept•Aid HEAT. It includes a combination of Amaferm, the HEAT package and garlic, considered a natural insect deterrent especially important as mosquitoes are carriers of the CacheValley Virus. Many producers experienced detrimental effects of CVV in their 2022 lamb crop due to the excessive mosquito exposure during breeding and gestation.
Aborted fetuses, stillborn or abnormally formed lambs are all signs of CVV. The loss of a healthy lamb or kid is a financial loss for producers. Preventing mosquitos through breeding and the first 60 days of gestation is the most effective way to prevent CVV. The garlic in the HEAT mineral is one way to prevent mosquito bites. We also recommend spraying for mosquitos and keeping standing water away from your females as much as possible.
Of course, keeping the girls bred through the hottest months of the year is also a challenge, but the combination of HEAT and Amaferm, will help reduce added heat stress. The prebiotic Amaferm is designed to enhance digestibility by amplifying nutrient supply for maximum performance. It is research-proven to increase the energy available to the animal resulting in more milk production as well as the ability to initiate and maintain pregnancy and fertility.
“We used DuraFerm Sheep Concept•Aid HEAT for the first time last summer and saw a dramatic change in our ewes including an 81% A.I. conception rate in the middle of July,” said breeder Gretchen Campbell.
It’s a great feeling when your mating decisions make it through gestation and hit the ground running with added vigor at lambing or kidding time. Make sure you get your does and ewes bred, and they stay bred with added nutrition from DuraFerm powered by Amaferm.
To find a dealer near you or learn more about the DuraFerm minerals to strengthen your stock, visit: www.duraferm.com.