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MINERALS

THE LINK TO PERFORMANCE, EFFICIENCY & PROFIT

Providing the correct balance of nutrients is essential to optimise performance from grazing, forages and home grown feeds for dairy, beef and sheep. This is especially true for minerals where under and over supply can have a significant effect on health, fertility and production.

The role of minerals in stock well-being, has been extensively researched and documented.

The diagram shows some of the roles major minerals, trace elements & Vitamins are involved with.

vitamix diagram

Considering the key roles minerals have in livestock performance it is important to ensure the overall diet is supplying sufficient minerals at the correct levels to meet animal requirements. Forage and grazing generally have low background mineral levels, and do not meet the animals needs.

The Forage Mineral Supply graph demonstrates the % mineral supplied against requirements for a moderately yielding dairy cow on grazing/forage alone

FORAGE MINERAL SUPPLY – DAIRY CATTLE

The graph highlights mineral variability with excesses and deficiencies in these important nutrients. As well as considering mineral supply from forage, it is important to consider how minerals interact with each other, to ensure requirements are met and animal performance is supported. 

THE IMPORTANCE OF MINERAL BALANCE

Mineral associations can have positive interactions, for example, calcium availability is improved in the presence of magnesium, critical at calving.Special attention should be paid to the availability and imbalance that have negative associations, in particular where excess levels of potassium, iron and molybdenum are known. This can result in significant imbalances, and if left uncorrected have the potential to cause production disease and economic loss. For example, excess molybdenum reduces the availability of copper in particular, and selenium. Resulting in poor fertility , through irregular oestrus cycling, poor heats and low conception rates.

Using protected sources of trace minerals, provides better bio-availability to the animal, overcoming the potential issues associated with antagonistic interactions and mineral “lock-up”.

FARM MINERAL AUDIT

Having a better understanding of the mineral status of your farm can be achieved with a mineral audit. Forage/ grass samples are analyised for mineral levels including iron, potassium and molybdenum. Collating all information on feeds used, all other sources of minerals, such as boluses, forms a picture of mineral supply & potential interference from antagonists, and the best solution reached for stock to reach their full potential.

Carr’s Billington offer a bespoke mineral audit service for your livestock & farm. From the known mineral forage status, diets and other sources of minerals we can formulate and recommend your own balanced mineral for your stock to perform to their potential and optimise profitability.

RESTORE, REPLENISH, RENEW.

Get in touch with your Carr’s Billington Advisor to arrange your mineral audit.







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    VITAMIX Transition Cow IF

     A specially formulated, high specification dry cow mineral for high performance dairy cows preparing for calving and lactation.

    INGREDIENTS

     

    BENEFIT

    High levels of chelated copper, zinc, and selenium yeast.

    Maximised mineral availability and cow health pre-calving and transition.

    High levels of magnesium.

    Helps maintain normal blood magnesium levels in the run up to calving and so reduce the risk of milk fever and metabolic diseases.

    High levels of vitamin D3 and vitamin E.

    Improves calcium mobilisation and improves immune function.

    Biotin.

    Helps maintain claw horn condition.

     

    VITAMIX Dry Cow IF

     A specially formulated, high specification mineral for dry cows and heifers preparing for calving, helping to reduce the risk of milk fever and metabolic diseases.

    INGREDIENTS

     

    BENEFIT

    Contains chelated zinc, copper & organic selenium with ultra-high Vitamin E.

    Supports the immune function, helping
    to reduce health problems at calving and
    maintain the reproductive system to ensure
    a quick return to oestrus.

    To be used conjunction with a dry cow management system.

    VITAMIX General Purpose Dairy FA

    A quality general-purpose mineral, suitable for mid to late lactating cows and growing heifers.

    INGREDIENTS

     

    BENEFIT

    Contains a full complement of essential trace elements and vitamins.

    Helps maintain general health, productivity, and fertility.

    VITAMIX Super Dairy IF

    A high-quality mineral supplement specially formulated for high performance dairy cows.

    INGREDIENTS

     

    BENEFIT

    Chelated zinc, copper, and biotin.

    Essential for supporting growth, fertility, hoof, and coat health.

    High levels of vitamin E and selenium.

    Antioxidant acting support for the immune function. 

    Cobalt


    Associated with energy metabolism and production of Vitamin B12.

    VITAMIX Super Dairy Nil Copper IF

    A specially formulated lactating mineral for high performance dairy cows without added copper, ideal for use where copper is supplied in diet from other sources to avoid over supply and toxicity.

    INGREDIENTS

     

    BENEFIT

    Contains chelated zinc plus biotin.

    Essential for supporting fertility, hoof, and coat health.

    High levels of vitamin E and selenium.

    Antioxidant acting support for the immune function.

    VITAMIX TMR Dairy IF

    A high-quality general-purpose mineral supplement specifically formulated for Total Mixed Ration feeding systems.

    INGREDIENTS

     

    BENEFIT

    A balanced level of phosphorus and magnesium together with generous levels of all essential trace elements and vitamins.

    Promotes general health, productivity, and fertility.

    Elevated levels of Selenium and vitamin E.

    Essential for immune function and acts as an antioxidant.

     

    VITAMIX TMR Dairy Soda IF

    A highly balanced lactation mineral for dairy cows fed a TMR including a caustic soda treated grain.

    INGREDIENTS

     

    BENEFIT

    Generous levels of essential trace elements and vitamins.

    Promotes general health, productivity, and fertility.

    Elevated levels of Selenium and vitamin E.

    Antioxidant acting support for the immune function. 

     

    VITAMIX Cattle Hi Mag FA

    A high magnesium mineral for lactating dairy cows at risk from hypomagnesaemia (grass staggers).

    INGREDIENTS

     

    BENEFIT

    A full complement of essential trace elements and vitamins.

    Promotes general health, productivity, and fertility.

    20% magnesium mineral.

    A daily intake of 150g will provide the equivalent of 30g magnesium.

    Also available as in feed version for mixing in rations.

    VITAMIX General Purpose Cattle FA

    A quality general-purpose mineral suitable for all types of cattle, ideal for dairy heifers where a lower phosphorus supplement is needed to balance the diet.

    INGREDIENTS

     

    BENEFIT

    Full complement of essential trace elements and vitamins.

    Promotes general health, productivity, and fertility.

    Also available as in feed version for mixing in rations.

    VITAMIX General Purpose Cattle FA

    A quality general-purpose mineral suitable for all types of cattle on grazing and winter rations.

    INGREDIENTS

     

    BENEFIT

    A full complement of essential trace elements and vitamins.

    Promotes general health, productivity, and fertility.

    Available as in-feed version for mixing into cereals or straights.

    VITAMIX Suckler Cow FA

    Specially formulated for suckler cows to maintain good health status and promote fertility.

    INGREDIENTS

     

    BENEFIT

    Good levels of minerals, especially magnesium and phosphorous.

    Boost forage-based diets with essential ingredients required for general health, productivity, and fertility.

    Generous levels of iodine, copper, selenium, and zinc trace minerals.

    Aid growth, health, and productivity.

    Very high Vitamin E levels.

    Support immunity and fertility, especially at critical periods such as bulling.

    VITAMIX Suckler Treated Straw FA

    A specialist suckler cow mineral with added sulphur for preserved grain and straw-based diets.

    INGREDIENTS

     

    BENEFIT

    With good levels of iodine, copper, selenium, magnesium and phosphorous, along with ultra-high zinc at 6,000mg/kg.

    Providing essential trace minerals that typically lack in grain-preserved and or treated straw for optimal health and fertility.

    Extra-high levels of Vitamin E.

    Antioxidant acting support for the immune function.

    VITAMIX Intensive Beef IF

    A specialised formulation suitable for fast-growing finishing cattle on cereal-based rations.

    INGREDIENTS

     

    BENEFIT

    Full complement of trace elements, high in calcium, zero phosphorus and magnesium.

    Promotes general health and growth.

    Extra-high levels of Vitamin E.

    Antioxidant acting support for the immune function.

    VITAMIX Intensive Beef + Actisaf Yeast IF

    Specially formulated for intensive beef systems on cereal-based rations with added Actisaf yeast.

    INGREDIENTS

     

    BENEFIT

    Full complement of trace elements, high in calcium, zero phosphorus and magnesium.

    Promotes general health and growth.

    Extra-high levels of Vitamin E.

    Antioxidant acting support for the immune function.

    Actisaf yeast.

    Improved rumen function, increased digestibility and more efficient daily liveweight gains.

    VITAMIX Cattle Hi Mag FA

    A high magnesium mineral for suckler cows at risk from grass staggers.

    INGREDIENTS

     

    BENEFIT

    A full complement of essential trace elements and vitamins.

    Promotes general health, productivity, and fertility.

    20% magnesium mineral.

    A daily intake of 150g will provide the equivalent of 30g magnesium.

    Also available as in feed version for mixing in rations.

    VITAMIX Sheep FA

    A specially formulated breeding ewe mineral to balance mineral deficiencies on grazing and/or forage diets.

    INGREDIENTS

     

    BENEFIT

    Contains generous levels of all essential trace elements and vitamins, including key B-complex vitamins, B1 & B12.

    Vitamin B12 helps to stimulate appetite and reduce ill thrift. Essential in grazing areas low in cobalt.

    VITAMIX Sheep Hi Mag FA

    A high-magnesium mineral for ewes post-lambing when exposed to lush spring grass growth.

    INGREDIENTS

     

    BENEFIT

    Contains generous levels of all essential trace elements and vitamins, including B12.

    Vitamin B12 helps to stimulate appetite and reduce ill thrift. Essential in grazing areas low in cobalt.

    High magnesium mineral levels.

    Help reduce the risk of grass staggers.

    Due to high magnesium content do not feed to uncastrated male or tup lambs.

    VITAMIX Lamb Finisher IF

    A specialist mineral for finishing lambs on a home mix ration.

    INGREDIENTS

     

    BENEFIT

    A high calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium-free mineral balanced with trace minerals & vitamins.

    Promotes general health and growth.

    VITAMIX Lamb Finisher + Ammonia Chloride IF

    A specialist mineral for intensively finished housed lambs and on high cereal diets.

    INGREDIENTS

     

    BENEFIT

    A high-calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium-free mineral.

    Feed as part of intensive finishing diet, especially with housed lambs and on high cereal diets.

    Balanced with trace minerals and vitamins.

    Promotes general health and growth rates.

    Added Ammonia Chloride

    To help reduce the risk of urinary calculi in entire males 

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