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Re: Heifer development

Postby Mike » Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:15 pm

Dietary mineral evaluation should augment the mineral evaluation of animal groups. If minerals are deemed to be adequate in the diet but the animals are found to be deficient, antagonistic interactive effects of other minerals need to be investigated. As an example, high sulfur or iron in the diet can cause deficiencies in copper and selenium, even when there are adequate concentrations in the diet.
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Re: Heifer development

Postby Silver » Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:23 pm

Just to clarify, our cows do get TM salt, so they do get some trace mineral. We aren't totally without compassion around here :wink:

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Re: Heifer development

Postby scout » Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:58 pm

We run salt a fescue mineral and fly control tried to go cheap one year without fly control big mistake the horn flys where miserable really seems to help with pinkeye also we vaccinate for pinkeye also
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Re: Heifer development

Postby gcreekrch » Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:03 am

We test feed every second year and adjust custom mineral accordingly. Between min. and an aggressive vaccination plan, it has been our experience that a lot more cows are bred and a lot more calves live past 30 days of age. Hard to justify $25 or $30 per year but time treating sick calves is worth more money than the combination for prevention is.
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Re: Heifer development

Postby RSL » Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:49 am

We are similar to GCreek. We feed test every year as we do a lot on shares and buy some feed in and it is handy to know what you are short of or long on. We then use that to adjust our custom mineral. We do a lot of our heifer development on winter grazing so we sample the grass too. Mineral can be a tough one when its' free choice though. Hard to tell who is getting enough and who has not enough. We run a pretty extensive vaccination program as well (Express/Pyramid and 8 Way). Pretty cheap insurance. I have even heard stories this spring (it is wet here) of cattle dying from Blackleg.
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