Stress has a tremendous impact on the performance of livestock and broilers. Stress has been defined as the sum of all biological reactions to mental, emotional and physical stimuli that disrupt an individual’s homeostasis, as it relates to bodily functions. There is a myriad of internal and external stimuli that can affect the homeostasis of an individual animal. In fact, common environmental and situational stressors – ranging from pathogens and stocking density to diet changes and extreme weather – can all impact the productivity of your animals.
Once homeostasis is disrupted, the body elicits physiological stress responses involving the immune system in an attempt to reestablish homeostasis. As part of this process, a stress hormone – called cortisol or corticosterone – is released, resulting in behavioral, metabolic, immunological and intestinal changes. These changes can lead to decreased health and performance, including:
This release of cortisol or corticosterone alters how nutrients are utilized by the animal. During periods of stress, nutrients are re-allocated from growth toward minimizing the stress being experienced by the animal. When nutrients are siphoned away from growth in this way, performance can be negatively impacted.
KemTRACE® Chromium – the first product of its kind on the market – is a water soluble, highly bioavailable, organic source of chromium that helps improve glucose utilization and reduce the negative impacts of stress for increased cellular energy and function. This results in improved maintenance, reproduction, growth and immunity.
KemTRACE Chromium has been fed to millions of animals around the globe since its introduction in 2000. It is registered in more than 35 countries worldwide and is the only U.S. Food and Drug Administration-reviewed form of chromium propionate on the market today.
Chromium decreases the presence of cortisol or corticosterone in the blood, thereby reducing the negative impacts caused by stress and allowing livestock and broilers to reach their full genetic potential.
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