AO-mix from Frank Wright Trouw

AO-mix contains a unique natural antioxidant blend added to support (enhance) the established actions of vitamin E in maintaining the viability and vitality of new born lambs and the immune system of the ewe.

Massey Feeds are pleased to include AO-mix across all our sheep feeds this Winter.

AO-mix is a blend of natural plant compounds (polyphenols), which are high in antioxidant activity. Antioxidants are essential to help protect cells against damage from free radicals which are created under hi metabolic stress or when infection and disease occur. Trouw AO-mix’s blend of natural polyphenols help to improve anti-oxidant status both inside, and outside the cell wall, and work with vitamin E and selenium to help support
-    Fertility
-    Vitality
-    Immune function

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The process of daily living requires millions of chemical reactions in body cells just to make energy to survive and be productive. This natural day-to-day metabolism within cells produces toxins, called free radicals, by a process known as oxidative stress. Unless neutralised, these free radicals can attack and damage body cells, having serious implications on animal health and immunity, vitality and productivity. Free radicals are controlled by the actions of anti-oxidants such as vitamin E and cell enzymes, many of which require trace elements such as selenium, copper and manganese to function effectively. That is why balanced diets require fortification with trace elements and vitamins.

A group of anti-oxidants known as polyphenols were discovered in plants nearly 100 years ago but it is only recently that research has identified those which are useful to livestock through their action in the cell. Specific polyphenols have been selected for their biological availability and efficacy and assembled into a new anti-oxidant known as Trouw AO-mix.

Now consider the huge energy demands and productive stress on a pregnant ewe as 75% of her foetus grows in the last 6 weeks of pregnancy. Free radical production in this period will spiral and, unless controlled, will inevitably impact on the vitality and survivability of the new born lamb. The antioxidant effect of vitamin E supplementation of ewe diets in improving lamb vigour and viability associated with earlier standing and suckling is well documented. The polyphenols in Trouw AO-mix have also been shown to be effective antioxidants and can have a valuable role in the ewe during the stress of late pregnancy.

For the young lamb, the polyphenols in Trouw AO-mix have been shown to transfer readily into milk and the suckling offspring to give the new-born the best start in life. In addition, lambs start life with low immune status which can be further depressed if free radicals are not controlled. The transfer of anti-oxidants in Trouw AO-mix through the mother’s milk can only help in the early support of the immune system of the lamb.

As part of a balanced nutritional approach, Trouw AO-mix will help support viable, healthy and productive ewes and lambs. 

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