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The Benefits of Trace Minerals for Livestock Management

It is essential to ensure that your livestock receives optimal nutrition. To this end, supplementing important trace minerals helps to achieve healthy livestock, which also means fewer animal losses and a reduction in expenses associated with the treatment of sick animals.

Why Supplement Trace Minerals

The benefits of trace minerals for reproduction and fertility, growth and production, and health and immunity are briefly discussed below, helping you understand the importance of supplementing with trace minerals:

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Reproduction and Fertility

Trace minerals are essential for sperm of sufficient quantity and quality, the development of fertile ova and to ensure better embryo survival. Finally, it helps with improved distribution of lambing or calving.

Growth and Production

The benefits of trace minerals include an improvement in weight gain. Mineral deficiencies can lead to deformities that can affect an animal’s ability to walk and graze normally. Animals with a sufficient intake of trace minerals before transportation have shown optimal weight gains and health, post-transportation.

Health and Immunity

Poor nutrition leads to immunity problems, making animals susceptible to disease. A benefit of trace minerals is improved health, which translates into higher milk quality and a reduction in mastitis in cows. It also means a lower incidence of periparturient diseases and an increase in anti-body response after vaccinations.

Where Livestock Get Their Trace Minerals

Most of the trace minerals are obtained through the animal’s diet. Supplementation is normally through licks and food, but injectable Multimin is easy to administer and helps to get the essential minerals to where they are required as fast and efficiently as possible. Dietary supplements are important, but during critical production phases, the animals require more trace minerals, and this is where exact and controlled addition of minerals offers benefits such as the ones discussed above. An injectable supplement has the added benefit of overcoming all the drawbacks associated with oral supplementations.

“Trace” refers to the small amounts of minerals in the foods and plants that the animals consume but are essential nutrients required for normal-functioning animals. Zinc, chromium, selenium, copper, manganese, iodine, and cobalt are the most essential ones. A perfect balance is required, as some minerals work concurrently and have interrelated roles. Although the animals only require small amounts, deficiencies and suboptimal levels can cause various health problems. However, overexposure eliminates the benefits of trace minerals and can lead to chronic or acute toxicity and even result in death.

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When to Supplement

The most appropriate time to supplement trace minerals via injectable Multimin is before or during critical phases in the production cycle with elevated trace-mineral needs. These phases include calving/lambing, mating, weaning, vaccination, preconditioning/feedlot induction, or any condition that will increase stress levels.

 

Contact your Virbac representative for more information

 

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