Strategic mineral management for extraordinary efficiencies

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines extraordinary as “going beyond what is customary or usual”. In terms of herd health basics, we tend to focus on ensuring that cows are receiving enough vitamin and mineral supplementation to support a healthy and optimally functioning immune system. This is the basis of mineral nutrition and it has worked wonders…

Viruses and animal production

virus

Our partners at Zinpro are publishing a four-part series on viruses, their impact on animals and animal production, and strategies to effectively mitigate the risk they pose. Here are the first two articles, jointly written by Dr Chris Ashworth, Zinpro’s global RNS species leader for beef, and Dr Marco Rebollo, a lead researcher in poultry…

Ramp up your efforts to improve calf development

calf development connection

Dairy calves and steam-up cows are where farmers really get a chance to change the future of their herd. These two life stages are crucial and, while the importance of excellent nutrition for both stages is well known, not many people understand the full benefits that can be achieved if you ramp up your efforts…

Mineral feeding for year round performance

beef cattle

Macro- and trace minerals play a key role daily in the lives of humans and the animals we care for. As veterinarians, we know the importance of these minerals. Although we don’t need as much of the trace minerals relative to the macro minerals, their need to be included in an animal’s daily intake is…

Life begins during the dry period

dairy heifers

I’ve heard it said that life begins at 40! I’m not qualified to express an opinion on that, but what I do know is that the life of a productive heifer starts before she is even born, during the dam’s dry period. To wait for 40 years to develop a child’s potential would make no…

Elitox®: Harnessing the immune system to fight mycotoxins

Mycotoxin management in animal feed remains a major challenge to manufacturers and farmers. Symptoms range from subclinical production losses to acute mortality and decreased reproduction. At the base of these clinical and subclinical symptoms lies the disruptive effects of mycotoxins that give rise to an altered immune response which constantly siphons energy away from growth…

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