The benefits of chromium for ruminants

chromium for ruminants

The key to success in today’s ruminant industry is managing the effects of stress on animals. The goal is to minimise the cost of stress and help animals achieve optimal production. To achieve this, trace mineral nutrition is paramount. Keeping animals correctly fortified in terms of trace minerals will prevent the costliest deficiency – the…

Productivity and the immune response

Have you ever walked through a maze or played a maze game? These days, farming is something like being in a maze, with many twists and turns and walls that seem to rise in front of us as challenges to the end goal of efficient production. One of the challenges that we are faced with…

Your relationships, your net worth

Many of our goals as producers stem from the principal purpose of trying to feed the world because the products we produce are essential to sustain life. These goals relate to production aimed at reaching a certain net worth. The human population is always growing, which continually challenges producers to grow food to meet the…

Seasonal cycles of summer versus winter feeding

Boom and bust cycles are a fact of life. Good times give way to tough times. Just when we think we’ve got life figured out, it throws us a curve ball and humbles us once again. Dairying is no different. Whether you are a pasture farmer or a total mixed ration (TMR) farmer, seasonal cycles…

Chromium: A window of opportunity

chromium a window of opportunity

Chromium is rapidly gaining momentum among nutritionists as a mineral that gets more interesting the more we understand about it. A relatively new arrival to the mineral scene, chromium has gained wide recognition for its effect on energy metabolism and its commensurate effect alleviating the disadvantages that stress places on our animals. Evidence of multiple…

Mycotoxin contamination: The socio-economic impact

the socio-economic impact of mycotoxin contamination

The impact that mycotoxin contamination has on the nutritional status of both animals and humans, as well as the economic threat it poses, has been clearly defined and quantified. However, the socio-economic impact that these mycotoxins have is a far more complex issue. The levels of mycotoxin contamination and their overall effect can be compounded…