NutriCAB™: 20 Day Investment for 305 Days Profit 

NutriCAB is a patented pan coated encapsulated source of calcium chloride, an anionic salt that can be used by a nutritionist to efficiently manage the anion-cation balance of the feed.

an image of a scale with the calculation of DCAB which is expressed using milliequivalents of the major cations and anions as follows: DCAB (mEQ) = (sodium + potassium) - (chloride + Sulfur)

Calculation of DCAD is normally expressed using milliequivalents of the major cations and anions as follows:

DCAB (mEq) = (Sodium + Potassium) – (Chloride + Sulfur)

Smart investment in close-up cow period has shown the highest returns to dairy producers during 305 days of lactation cycle. Making diet more anionic (DCAB) with palatable NutriCABTM facilitates easy calving with the reduction in hypocalcemia (milk fever) and associated metabolic disorders, resulting in better cow health, peak milk yield and lactation persistency.


NutriCAB: How it works

The science behind the use of NutriCAB is that the feeding of negatively charged anions i.e. chlorides will make the blood of the cow slightly acidic. The response of the cow will be to mobilize more calcium from bones in an attempt to buffer the acid in her bloodstream and therefore all of the mechanisms required for maximal calcium supply will be active at the time of calving. In this way, NutriCAB supports in reducing incidences of hypocalcemia and milk fever which occur due to calcium deficiency.

The explanation of the working of Nutricab: negative DCAB of the diet which mobilizes calcium transfer from bone to blood stream as a result higher blood calcium and this reduces subclinical hypocalcemia and milk fever


The difference in Traditional and NutriCAB feeding approach



Traditional Approach

DCAB- Concept



Limiting Ca intake

Feeding Anionic salts



Low Ca indicates deficiency and increases hormonal mechanisms for mobilization

Mobilization of buffers to neutralize reduced blood pH



Problem with grass and alfalfa (high K %)

Only possible with anionic salts


g/kg DM

< 4                                

10 to12                                


g/kg DM

2.5 - 3



meq/kg DM

< +100  to  +200

0  to  -50

Urine pH


pH  8.2

6.8 – 7.0


Economic Impact of Subclinical Hypocalcemia 

Subclinical hypocalcemia is more costly than clinical milk fever because it affects a much higher percentage of cows in the herd (Oetzel, 2011). For example, if a 2000-cow herd has a 2% annual incidence of clinical milk fever and each case of clinical milk fever costs $300 (Guard, 1996), the loss to the dairy from clinical cases is about $12,000 per year. 

If the same herd has a 30% annual incidence of subclinical hypocalcemia in second and greater lactation cows (assume 65% of cows in the herd) and each case costs € 125 (an estimate that accounts for milk yield reduction and direct costs due to increased ketosis and displaced abomasum), then the total herd loss from subclinical hypocalcemia is about €48,750 per year. This is about 4 times greater than the cost of the clinical cases.


The economic impact of subclinical hypocalcemia, ketosis, R. Placenta, uterine infection, fatty liver, displaced abomasum

Benefits of NutriCAB in Reducing Metabolic Disorders

NutriCAB trial was conducted in northern Italy in the month of December. The dry cows received - 120 g/head/day of NutriCAB, starting from 21 days before calving;

  • Urine pH was measured at the beginning of the treatment, after 5 and 10 days of treatment and at calving

The administration of NutriCAB to pre-parturient cows reduced urine pH significantly after 5 days of treatment

The administration of NutriCABTM to pre-parturient cows reduced urine pH significantly after 5 days of treatment.

The administration of nutriCAB to pre-parturient cows reduced significantly problems associated with parturition

The administration of NutriCAB to pre-parturient cows reduced significantly problems associated with parturition.


  • Patented pan coating encapsulation process that results in free-flowing product with 80% calcium chloride concentration

  • Easy handling, storage and application at farm and factory level

  • Withstands pelleting conditions up to at least 80° C

  • Its encapsulation allows to minimize commonly observed problems associated to pure anionic salts such as:

    • Palatability

    • Hygroscopicity

    • Corrosiveness

      Important notes

  • Stop feeding after calving

  • Keep a proper calcium and magnesium supply in dairy

  • The use of buffers has to be avoided during its application

  • Water should be available at all times

  • NutriCAB can be fed up to 3 weeks before calving

  • Opinion of a nutrition expert or veterinarian should be sought before using the feed or before extending its period of use

Package and storage

  • This product is available in 25 kg bags
  • Stored in a cool and dry place in the original package. Stable for 18 months
  • Keep bag closed when not in use

Application Guidelines

Average application rate is around 130g/cow/day. However, we suggest evaluating diet for DCAB balance in consultation with nutrition expert or veterinarian. For more detailed information, contact your Kemin Technical Sales Manager.

Losses of 300-500 €/lactation can be avoided by feeding NutriCAB for just 3 weeks!