A natural source of sodium

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Sodium occurs naturally in the body and plays an important role in animal physiology. In particular, it maintains a suitable acid-base equilibrium, even when animals are fed acidifying rations. But it is also necessary for nerve transmission and the transfer of sugars and nutrients to the cells.
In dairy cows, sodium requirements are around 0.2% of total dry matter (DM). In the event of heat stress (increased excretion of sodium in the urine and through perspiration), these requirements increase to 0.4-0.5% of total DM. This is particularly the case in summer, when the sodium content of the grassland is 14% lower than it is in April. 

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Varying needs according to the stage of development

Sodium requirements also vary according to the animal's stage of development. In dairy cows, these are low at the start of drying-off or in preparation for calving, and then rise again during lactation. In sows, sodium requirements are higher during gestation, then there is a fall-off in preparation for farrowing, followed by another increase during nursing.

Correcting the ration

Bicar®Z is a natural, chlorine-free and sulfur-free source of sodium which corrects the electrolyte balance of rations, restores correct blood and ruminal pH and precisely responds to the physiological needs of the animals. Bicar®Z produced in our European plants are chlorine free and sulfur free.