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Wellard trials new supplements to improve welfare for livestock exports

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Australian Ag-Tech company, DIT Technologies Ltd is partnering with local livestock exporter Wellard Rural Exports to trial new calming supplements for animals in transit.

DIT has completed the first of a series of trials with Wellard, supplementing livestock with a product called uCalm Export.

The product has been designed specifically to enhance animal welfare throughout the live export supply chain.

DIT installed its first doser for a trial on a 12-day livestock voyage from Townsville in north Queensland to Vietnam.

DIT’s dosing technology was used to proportionally dose the new supplement throughout the ship’s drinking water.

More than 600 cattle were dosed and measured against a control group to determine its effectiveness. The trial resulted in “a measurable improvement” in animal welfare levels.

Promising results

Ben Giblett, Export Operations manager of Wellard, says the results are very promising.

“Most notably, the behaviour of the treated mob at discharge and once delivered to our client’s feedlot was consistent with cattle that are calm and content in their new environment,” Giblett said.

“If we can replicate these sorts of results in further trials, I can see this being an important addition to the toolkit for our industry, not only from an animal welfare point of view, but in being able to add value to our export client’s business by supplying cattle that can perform better on receipt”.

Trialled over a 12-month period in live export yards and on live export voyages, uCALM Export is designed to improve animal welfare standards.

“It will enable the industry to proactively improve their social licence while providing an increase in productivity to a very important export earner for Australia,” said Giblett.

DIT Technologies combines the latest animal health knowledge, production and nutrition with up-to-date technology to produce measured and accurate feeding of supplements.

The company completed its first successful Equity Crowdfunding platform in January for $1 million and is in the process of planning its second campaign with Equitise.

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