In January of 2004, an agreement was reached with Alain Forget, the owner and manager of the “Alain Forget Dairy Farm” located in Laval, Quebec, to evaluate BAC in regards to a set of productivity markers for 22 dairy cows part of a herd of 50 Holstein cows. BAC is incorporated into the commercial feeds that are fed daily to the cows with the purpose of increasing productivity.
At the start of the evaluation, the herd was already performing above average, but for the purpose of this evaluation, certain parameters were targeted for amelioration: milk volume, texture of the udder, somatic cell count (SCC), overall productivity, emptying of the udder, gestation period, and reduction of nervousness of the cow during milking which may lead to greater emptying of the udder. The results of this ongoing evaluation are monitored at regular intervals by Valacta, an independent provincial dairy center of expertise regulated by the Quebec Dairy Industry. Prior to the following report, three reports had been provided by Alain Forget at intervals of 6 months, 12 months, and 24 months. These reports can be made available to the reader upon request or by visiting our website (see inside front cover).
Following is the summary of the results after 36 months of evaluation as written by Alain Forget in August of 2008.
“ For 36 months we have been using bio-algae concentrates with a group of cows within our Holstein dairy herd. The results show a 3,000 kg augmentation of milk production over 36 months, a general augmentation of the Breed Class Average (BCA) of 20% for milk, 9.3% in fat, and 8.6% in protein. These results have earned us the General Herd Performance award from Valacta, the Quebec milk control agency. We have also observed the following results when compared to provincial averages; a gestation interval of 384 days as compared to 426 for the provincial average; a milk production of 12,186 kg per year compared to 8,622 kg; a 434 kg production of fat versus a provincial average of 329 kg; and a protein production of 399 kg as opposed to 278 kg for provincial.
During this period, the evaluated herd increased from 22 cows to 40 lactating cows. The augmentation of the average age of the herd has an influence on the somatic cell count (SCC). We observed our SCC distorted by nearly 34% because of two or three cows. With the deviation, the count stands at 235,000, slightly over the provincial average. During the months of March to May, the SCC stood below the provincial average of 110,000, with 105,000 in March, 102,000 in April, and 65,000 in May. Because of the independently and statistically measured results obtained with our herd, we believe that BAC must affect positively the brain organ hypothalamus, which is responsible for the metabolism regulation. We are excited to continue the evaluation with focus on a healthier udder, longevity of the herd, and thus increased profits for the farm.”
Alain Forget, President, Alain Forget Dairy Farm
Laval, Quebec, Canada, August 2008