Weather and ground conditions permitting, farmers across Northern Ireland will be keen to get cattle out of the sheds over the coming weeks: it has been a long winter.
Young leafy grass is just what the doctor ordered.
But when combined with a mineral boost that helps meet the exact nutritional requirements of beef cattle and breeding heifers, the results are even more impressive.
The reality is that an animal can only perform to the level of the greatest deficiency or imbalance in its diet. All forage based diets contain imbalances and consequently most stock never exceed 75% of their genetic potential in terms of growth, fertility, development of immunity etc.
For trace elements to be available to stock, they must be of high quality and must link up with one or more amino acids or peptides in the rumen, prior to being absorbed through the gut wall into the blood stream. Stock are not ideally equipped to effect this “link up” and a significant proportion of trace elements and vitamins supplied in conventional form, pass straight through the body and are excreted.
It is for this reason that all classes of livestock will respond to ‘HVS Liquid Gold – Cattle’ the new trace mineral and vitamin drench from HVS Animal Health. Over the past number of years local livestock producers have found that young stock drenched with a single dose of HVS Liquid Gold Cattle achieved average liveweight gains of almost 10 kilos per animal over a 54 day period at grass, compared with cohorts that were not drenched. Or put another way, Liquid Gold Cattle will help improve daily liveweight gains throughout a grazing season.
HVS Liquid Gold Cattle can be given to this years suckle calves, young stock being turned out for the first time, dairy replacements, store cattle, finishers and breeding stock to improve daily liveweight gains throughout a grazing season
“The Liquid Gold range represents the next generation in chelated mineral and vitamin drenches,” explained Paul Elwood, from HVS Animal Health.
“Increasingly, farmers must seek to maximise the performance of their livestock. The HVS Liquid Gold range has been developed to meet this specific requirement.”
Liquid Gold Cattle can be given to stores and suckler cows, in order to boost fertility levels and growth rates. The dosage rates are: young stock three to six months - 50 mls; yearlings – 60 mls per head; finishers - 100 mls per head and suckler cows and heifers – 100 mls per head.
“Our trials, backed up by feedback from commercial farmers, have confirmed the very real benefits to be accrued from using Liquid Gold Cattle,” Paul Elwood concluded.
“Customers have also been quick to point out that it is very easy to pick out the treated animals by their obvious thrive and better bloom.”
For further information contact HVS Animal Health Tel 028 44831700.