The ongoing cold and wet conditions have combined to severely reduce trace element and vitamin levels within grass swards. Moreover, this trend will be exacerbated during the coming weeks, as grass growth takes off exponentially.
“We can now expect swards to go their growth phases at a much faster pace than would normally would be the case,” confirmed Paul Elwood of HVS Animal Health.
“It’s all a case of individual plants striving to reach their expected heading date on time.
“Fast growing grass swards at this time of the year are high in protein and soluble carbohydrate but can be deficient in many of the trace minerals required to maximise the growth of beef cattle, weanling animals and all categories of breeding stock.
“This is why it is so important to drench animals with the trace elements they need to maximise their growth rates and fertility levels over the coming weeks.
“Making these minerals available in the form which guarantees their optimal uptake level within the animal is equally important.
“The good news is that our HVS Liquid Gold range has a proven track record in balancing out the key micro trace element deficiencies that build up in cattle that are fed grazed grass diets only at this time of the year.”
Paul went on to highlight the importance of ensuring that the nutritional requirements of young breeding stock are met during the spring months. Replacement heifers are the lifeblood of every dairy farming and suckler business. Genetically, they are superior to their dams and, as a consequence, every effort must be made to ensure that they calve down well and enter the main herd, ready to realise their undoubted potential to the full.
“All animals both growing, finishing or breeding can benifit from improved levels of micro trace minerals and vitamins, available in HVS Liquid Gold Cattle, helping to utilise and maximise the feed value from spring and summer grazing for improved immune status, DLWG and ultimatly profitability,” Paul continued
“One way of ensuring this is to drench these animals with HVS Liquid Gold . Maiden heifers going out to grass now will benefit from a similar management approach as it will help to maximise growth rates and bulling activity.”
The HVS Liquid Gold range contains all of the minerals and vitamins required by cattle of all types with zinc, manganese and copper made available solely in a chelated form.
Paul concluded: “The Liquid Gold range represents the next generation in chelated mineral and vitamin drenches.
“Increasingly, farmers must seek to maximise the performance of their livestock. The Liquid Gold range has been developed to meet this specific requirement.”
For further information, telephone HVS Animal Health on 028 4483 1700.