Dairy Nutrition Resources

KemTRACE® Chromium

KemTRACE® Chromium for Dairy


KemTRACE® Chromium is a highly bioavailable, organic source of chromium that helps inprove glucose utilization for increased cellular energy and function. This results in better animal maintenance, reproduction, growth and immunity.


KemTRACE® Chromium for Dairy: Mode of Action


KemTRACE® Chromium – the first product of its kind on the market – is a safe, proven trace mineral for use in swine, dairy, beef and broiler operations. This highly bioavailable, organic source of chromium helps improve glucose utilization for increased cellular energy and function. This results in better animal maintenance, reproduction, growth and immunity.


KemTRACE® Chromium: Essential for Your Dairy


The dietary trace element, chromium, is necessary to optimize the activation of the insulin receptor so more glucose can get into the cell. Adding supplemental KemTRACE® Chromium to the diet provides the additional chromium for insulin receptor activation.


KemTRACE® Chromium: Reproduction

Evaluation of Chromium Propionate on Reproductive Performance of Holstein Cows


A field trial was conducted on an 800-cow Holstein dairy in southeastern Pennsylvania to evaluate the effect of chromium propionate on reproductive performance. An increase in pregnancy rate was observed that was driven by an increase in conception rates.


KemTRACE® Chromium: Milk Production

KemTRACE® Chromium for Dairy: Milk Response


The research with chromium in dairy cattle since the turn of the century has shown chromium supplementation is beneficial for improving milk yield in transition cows, maintaining milk yield in heat-stressed cows and enhancing reproductive performance in dairy cows.


Feeding KemTRACE® Chromium 0.4% in a High-Producing, Robotically-Milked Jersey Herd in Ontario, Canada


Chromium is considered an essential nutrient that improves insulin sensitivity. Supplementing chromium to dairy cows has been shown to increase milk yield and enhance reproductive performance. Recently, chromium propionate has been approved for use as a chromium supplement in diets for dairy cattle in the U.S. and Canada, and it is important to evaluate the effect of chromium propionate supplementation when fed to high-producing Jersey cows.


Literature Review: The Effect of Chromium Supplementation in Lactating Dairy Cow Diets on Response in Daily Milk Yield


Learn more about the effect chromium supplementation can have in lactating dairy cow diets on response in daily milk yield, lbs/h/d.


KemTRACE® Chromium: Heat Stress

KemTRACE® Chromium for Dairy: Heat Stress


Heat stress can compromise a lactating cow's performance in many different ways – decreased feed intake, altered metabolism, reduced milk production, impaired reproductive performance and increased disease incidence. In the U.S., approximately $1 billion is lost annually as a result of poor performance during periods of heat stress. The inability of a cow to dissipate heat effectively compromises their ability to function normally all the way down to the molecular level.


Evaluation of Chromium Propionate on Milk Production of Holstein Cows under Heat Stress Conditions


A field trial was conducted on a Holstein dairy in southeastern Pennsylvania to evaluate the effect of chromium propionate on milk yield by 2nd lactation and greater cows under heat stress conditions.


Literature Review: The Potential Benefits of Chromium Supplementation for Dairy Cows During Heat Stress


Effect of chromium supplementation in lactating dairy cow diets on response in daily milk yield and dry matter intake, lbs/h/d under heat stress conditions.


Impact of Heat Stress on Fertility in Dairy Cattle


Learn more about the many ways heat stress can compromise a lactating cow's performance.


Leaky Gut's Contribution to Inefficient Nutrient Utilization


There are a variety of situations in an animal's life when nutrient utilization is re-prioritized from productive towards agriculturally unproductive purposes. Two well-known examples that markedly reduce production are heat stress and ketosis. Decreased feed intake, experienced during both diseases, is unable to fully explain decreases in productivity. Additionally, both diseases are characterized by negative energy balance, body weight loss, inflammation and hepatic steatosis.


Heat Stress and Heat Abatement Tips for Dairies


Learn more about heat stress management and strategies to help mitigate the effects of heat stress.


KemTRACE® Chromium: Immunity

KemTRACE® Chromium for Dairy: Immunity


KemTRACE® Chromium is a highly bioavailable, organic source of chromium that helps stabilize insulin receptors in cattle. This improves glucose utilization for increased energy and proper cell function, resulting in better immunity.


Estimating Glucose Requirements of an Activated Immune System in Lactating Holstein Cows


Dairy cows experience frequent immune challenges, as bacterial insults can originate from many different situations. Economic consequences of sickness are decreased milk, inefficient feed utilization, poor reproduction and increased health costs. An activated immune system requires energy in the form of glucose and the literature suggests glucose homeostasis is disrupted during an endotoxin challenge.


Effects of Chromium Propionate Supplementation on Immunity and Subclinical Endometritis in Dairy Cows during the Periparturient Period


Supplementing chromium to dairy cows during the periparturient period has consistently increased milk yield of cows during early lactation. In addition to its effects on energy metabolism, several studies suggest that chromium may also have an effect on the immune system in cattle.


KemTRACE® Chromium: Quality and Safety

Kemin Helps Customers Avoid Risk by Focusing on Traceability, Quality Measures


Federal regulations, food recalls and front page headlines have dramatically increased the importance of ingredient safety and supplier accountability in the global food chain. Producers must now consider the immeasureable financial impact and irreparable damage to reputation that compromised ingredients and supplier uncertainty can have on their operation. With every purchasing decision, a producer must weigh the importance of brand credibility and confidence in sourcing consistent, high-quality ingredients.


KemTRACE® Chromium: Commitment to Quality



Ingredient quality control is at the forefront of helping customers avoid unnecessary risk. Kemin utilizes standard operating procedures for supplier and ingredient certifications/approvals prior to purchase and use of ingredients. Understanding the importance of high consumer confidence and the impact of the Food Safety Modernization Act, Kemin pursued, received and maintains the Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000 for its manufacturing facility in Des Moines, Iowa.



Chromium In the News

Progressive Dairyman: Minimizing the Negative Effects of Stress on Herd Health and Productivity


Understanding the relationship between stress, immunity and reproductive herd health is paramount to discovering nutritional management best practices for your dairy herd. Chromium supplementation primarily acts to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce the release of stress hormones, both of which enhance reproductive health.


Progressive Dairyman: An Update on Chromium


Ohio State researchers list the following nine trace minerals as being needed by dairy cattle: chromium, cobalt, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium and zinc. Chromium plays an important role in carbohydrate metabolism by stabilizing insulin receptors that allow glucose to enter the cell.


Dairy Business: Chromium Supplementation in Dairy Cattle Diets


Learn about how the addition of chromium can enhance milk production, fertility, immunity and the producer's bottom line.


Feedstuffs: Can Chromium Help with Insulin Sensitivity?


Supplemental chromium increases the sensitivity of body tissues, enhancing glucose uptake. It reduces mobilization of fat, lowering blood NEFA levels.


Progressive Dairyman: Get to know about Supplementing Chromium: Metabolic Effects and Potential Benefits


Supplementation of dairy cattle diets with chromium propionate has considerable potential to improve glucose and NEFA metabolism, dry matter intake and milk yield, particularly in transition cows. Improvements in glucose and NEFA metabolism also have implications for better reproduction and reduced health incidences.


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