At the mercy of the veld?

beef herd

Farming with breeding beef cows is a constant balancing act. You need to know what a cow needs in all stages of her reproductive cycle, what resources you have available on the veld, and the deficit that you need to make up for in supplemental feed in order to maximise health, growth efficiency, production, and…

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…

Minerals – essential or excessive?

It is easy to be on top of the things we see every day, but the things that aren’t written on a list or marked with a Post-It easily slip our mind. Unfortunately, trace minerals and vitamins are pretty much out of sight and out of mind until they force their way to the top…

Feeding the white gold factory: A life-phase approach

The profit of any factory will be affected by its working parts (machinery) and steady structure. If a factory has a weak foundation, the structure that it is supposed to support will be doomed. Similarly, with defective machinery, no product will be produced. The same is true for sheep, the ‘white gold’ factories grazing on…

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…

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