ACT PerformanceTM Tubs
Redefining Tub Supplementation
ACT Performance Tubs are low-moisture, cooked supplements, which are unique in that a patented ingredient combination is utilized rather than the commonly used 'molasses' base. These supplements provide protein, mineral, and vitamin supplementation and offer palatable, consistent intake which is vital to unleashing the wealth of nutrients contained in forages. Under most forage-feeding conditions, cattle cannot fully benefit from the nutrients contained in forages without special nutritional assistance. The key to optimizing forage utilization is to create an optimal environment for rumen microbes. That's where ACT Performance Tubs can help.
a Strong Nutritional Foundation
Minerals & Vitamins
This very small fraction of total nutrients consumed by cattle is basic to fueling cattle for production-driven practices. Simply, minerals are the backbone of a successful beef operation. Feedstuffs alone generally do not provide an adequate supply of properly balanced minerals needed to optimize performance. Minerals, along with vitamins, play a vital role in nutrient digestion, reproductive performance, immune system function, and development of muscle, bone, and teeth. A lack of essential minerals and vitamins in cattle diets may result in:
supplementation has a positive effect on the number of rumen
microbes as shown in
For cattle on low-quality forages, protein is usually the first-limiting nutrient. A lack of dietary protein can lead to:
must be provided with a steady, continuous supply of nitrogen for
optimal performance. Nitrogen can be derived from natural protein
and non-protein nitrogen (NPN) sources (urea and biuret). Without
needed nitrogen to fuel microbial growth, forage utilization will be
hindered. When forages fail to provide sufficient protein to meet
cow and microbe needs, supplementation is a must to maintain
Cattle on forage diets derive most of their energy needs from the fiber component of forages. The goal of a supplementation program for grazing cattle is to enable cattle to extract as much energy as possible from forages consumed and to optimize intake of forages. Providing supplemental energy in the proper amounts from the proper source can improve rumen microbial growth and efficiency in many feeding situations. When forages are of low quality or when quantity of forage is limited, additional energy sources should be provided to avoid production losses.
Redefining Tub Supplementation
ACT Performance Tubs
Patented Ingredient Combination - Rather than using molasses, ACT Performance Tubs are formulated using a patented ingredient combination which provides an economical alternative to molasses. ACT Performance Tubs are nutritionally balanced to promote microbial population growth and increase forage digestibility, especially when energy supplied from forage is insufficient to meet the microbes' requirements.
*Not all tubs contain all the functional ingredients listed. Refer to 'Functional Components of ACT Performance Tubs' table for notation of functional ingredients in each ACT Performance Tub.
Performance & Value
ACT Performance Tubs deliver:
Feeding ACT Performance Tubs
ACT Performance Tubs are designed for self-feeding to growing and mature cattle on pasture or range with recommended consumption rate of 0.5 to 1.5 lb/hd/day. The exception is the Stressfighter tub which is specifically formulated for weaned calves and arrival calves in feedlots. Consumption rate for the Stressfighter tub is 0.25 to 1 lb/hd/day. Provide one tub for each 20-25 head of cattle. An additional tub may be used to allow timid cows easier access to tubs.
Since ACT Performance Tubs are designed for self-feeding. Consumption may vary depending on quantity and/or quality of available forage, condition, size and age of cattle, previous feeding program, accessibility of tubs, and number of tubs available. Cattle may need an adaptation period before consistent and correct consumption is achieved. If cattle are unaccustomed to tub supplementation, place tubs in cattle gathering area during the acclimation phase. Once cattle become accustom to the tubs, change tub location based on intake.
If consumption is
below the recommended amount, examine forage quality and the tub
feeding program, such as location of tubs, along with the number of
head per tub. Additional tubs maybe offered when intake is below
the recommended amount.
If consumption is
higher than desired, the quantity and/or quality of forage may need
to be increased. If the forage source and supply is adequate, place
the tubs farther away from loafing or watering areas and at the same
time, reduce the number of available tubs.
Tubs contain added copper. Do not feed to sheep or goats as copper
toxicity may occur.
ACT Performance Tub Product Families
ADM Alliance Nutrition, Inc. , a wholly owned subsidiary of the Archer Daniels Midland Company