Minimising the stress of housing

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All cattle suffer considerable stress at housing, which can lead to significantly reduced thrive and pneumonia.

“The weather is turning and the housing season for all cattle is fast approaching,” confirmed Paul Elwood of HVS Animal Health.

“Despite the recent good weather, the mineral and immune status of many animals appears to be low. This should be a cause of some concern for all livestock farmers.

“One way of ensuring that these issues do not become full scale problems is to drench all stock with the combined mineral and vitamin drench, HVS Liquid Gold Cattle. This will act to boost the young animals’ immune system. Extensive trials carried out in Northern Ireland with the product confirm these performance related benefits.

“HVS Liquid Gold Cattle contains all the micro trace mineral and vitamins which all cattle need,” explained Paul Elwood.

Adding to Paul’s concerns for the winter ahead is the fact that a large proportion of the silages made in Northern Ireland this year contain higher than normal levels of Molybdenum, which will act to lock up Copper. In a number cases quite high levels of Iron have also been identified.

“We are not sure why this is,” commented the company’s Paul Elwood. “But soil contamination could be at the root of the problem.

“The core nutritional consequence of high soil contamination levels is that the Iron and Molybdenum contained within it will act to lock up a number of important trace minerals in the affected forages, particularly Copper.

“Crucially important micro trace minerals play a key role in boosting immunity, health status, DLWG in growing stock and fertility levels within breeding animals.”

Given these developments HVS is highlighting the high levels of available Chelated Copper, Zinc and Manganese across its HVS Liquid Gold mineral range.

The Liquid Gold range contain all of the minerals and vitamins required by young stock, dairy replacements, beef cattle and breeding cows with Zinc, Manganese and Copper made available solely in a chelated form.

For further information, contact HVS Animal Health on (028) 4483 1700