A good mineral program improves the health and performance of your cow herd.
3 Key Abilities of a Mineral Program
- Bioavailability. Are the ingredients in the mineral biologically available to the animal? The source or form of the trace mineral impacts the ability to be absorbed and utilized by the animal. Trace minerals are critical to reproductive performance of the cow and health of the herd. Research has shown a return on investment of feeding a more bioavailable trace mineral source to your cow herd.
- Palatability. The goal is to have the cow consume the mineral at the recommended feed rate. If the result is not enough intake, then the cow won’t get the benefits of the mineral program. Conversely, if the cow overconsumes, this results in additional mineral cost. Therefore, its important for you to consider a mineral which can deliver consistent intake at the desired amount.
- Weatherability. You are investing in a mineral program, therefore additional losses to wind and weather are costs you cannot afford. Also, if the mineral bricks up when wet this can reduce consumption of the mineral and result in additional loss of nutrients to the cow.
TIPS FOR MORE CONSISTENT MINERAL INTAKE
Use enough mineral feeders.
A good rule of thumb is 1 feeder for every 20-30 head
Use water to adjust intake.
If your mineral intake is lower than desired, move the mineral feeder closer to your water source and vice versa.
Unsure of how much mineral to purchase? Check out this mineral consumption chart.
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