The Nutritional Health Of Your Herd

April 22, 2013Comments Off on The Nutritional Health Of Your Herd

There are many things that need to be considered in the nutritional health of your herd. It doesn’t matter if you are feeding them in confinement or in the pasture or if it is a combination of the two, it is likely that there is going to be some mineral deficiency. You can supplement that deficiency with a free choice mineral supplement. A free choice mineral blend is going to provide your herd with what is necessary in trace minerals as well as some of the vital minerals that will help to support their health, such as phosphorus and calcium. What are the benefits of phosphorous in your cattle?

Phosphorus is a chemical element that is found primarily in the skeleton. It helps to support the health of the bones in the cattle, as well as supporting their teeth. It is also closely related to calcium and these two elements are necessary in a certain ratio in order to help support the health of the animal. Although the ratio may vary to a certain extent, it is often between 1:1 and 2:1 in the Ca:P ratio. If the herd is deficient in phosphorus, you will often begin to notice that they are having a problem with lameness, an arching back or issues with their teeth. This is especially true if the phosphorus deficiency is severe or prolonged.

Another important function of phosphorous in the body is in the production of milk. Milk cattle that are deficient in phosphorous will often not give the yield that is expected. You can correct that deficiency with our free choice minerals and once you do so, you often find that the milk yield increases substantially. There are many other factors that need to be considered in the overall health of your herd and giving the proper amount of phosphorous is one thing that you can do in order to boost their health.

The specific needs of your herd are going to differ according to several factors. You can often make use of one of our custom free choice blends to boost the health of your cattle and to provide the minerals that are necessary to increase their growth and production. We will not only provide you with the custom blend that is needed for your herd, we will also give you the help that is necessary so that you can make the best use of what it offers to the herd.