The past few days have seen small numbers of young stock let out to graze for the first time this year in parts of Co Down, according to Paul Elwood, from HVS Animal Health.
“Grass is available on farms that had not been grazed off by sheep over the winter months,” he said. “Ground conditions are continuing to recover with the recent rise in temperature and generally improved weather conditions.”
He added: “Young beef cattle, dairy stock and suckler calves have tremendous capacity to grow-on, once they are put out to grass: the challenge is that of making sure that all of this potential is realised.”
Paul went on to confirm the results of trials carried out with young stock drenched with HVS Liquid Gold Cattle. They confirm that additional liveweight gains of 9.9 kilos per head can be achieved after just 54 days at grass. He added:“The difference amounted to an extra 20.4 kilos per head after 104 days. This gain in performance is worth an extra £30 per treated animal. So it is more than significant.
”Stock drenched with HVS Liquid Gold cattle stood out for their more obvious vitality, thrive and bloom.”
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.
Paul continued: “HVS Liquid Gold Cattle is formulated with the essential trace elements, Iron, Copper, Zinc and Manganese are included in 100% chelated form, so insuring maximum absorption and nutritional response.
“It also contains nucleotides, which act to increase red blood cell numbers, a key factor in determining animals’ ability to grow.
“The reality is that cattle can only perform to the level of the greatest deficiency or imbalance in their 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.
“HVS Liquid Gold Cattle acts to ensure that young stock at grass are not restricted in terms of meeting their full growth potential, due to micro trace mineral deficiencies, so achieving finishing or breeding status within a shorter time span.”
HVS Liquid Gold Cattle can be given to stock of all ages in order to maximise DLWG.
The dosage rates are: 1 month old calves 20 mls; 3 - 6 months 50 mls; yearlings – 60 mls; 100 mls Finishers and Bulling heifers per head.
For further information, contact HVS Animal Health on (028) 44831700