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Reliance Mineral Pellets

Mineral deficiencies are associated with on-farm metabolic diseases that can cause loss of production, herd inefficiency, or even cow death if not treated promptly. These include milk fever and magnesium deficiency. even lack of trace minerals, which are needed in small amounts by the cow, can cause production and herd health issues. Meeting the vitamin and mineral requirements of a high-producing dairy herd is a balancing act between mineral 'inputs' via feed and water, the body reserves of the cow and the 'outputs' such as losses in urine and manure, as well as the unavoidable losses though milk or growth.

Cows receive minerals via pasture, water and supplementary feed (for example, dairy pellets, palm kernel or grain). It is important to be aware that feed can vary in quantity and quality, and can contain other minerals that can interact and affect absorption. in particular, mineral levels in pasture often may not meet the demands of the high producing dairy herd, and grains have low levels of some minerals.

A short term imbalance means that cows mobilise body reserves if they have stores of the limiting mineral, and they are able mobilise enough, but a longer term imbalance can lead to mineral deficiencies. Because individual cows have different feed intakes and body stores, this can result in a portion of the herd showing acute symptoms of deficiency, but mostly it will manifest itself in sub-clinical symptoms such as reduced growth rates or milk production. it is these sub-clinical issues that can be the most costly as often it goes undiagnosed and untreated, which means the herd is not performing at its optimum.

Producers are generally aware that they need to provide minerals to their herd to maintain production, but often it is done through dusting or water so they may not have a good understanding of the amount of minerals that the herd is taking in, especially in wet weather or if it's windy during dusting.

Reliance Mineral Pellets are an easy way to provide essential minerals to the herd as they can be mixed in with grain or added in the mixer wagon. This reduces the need for dusting and also assures the producer that the minerals are getting into the cow, and there is less wastage.

Reliance Minerals Pellets contain minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, cobalt, iodine and selenium, as well as bovatec. There is also the option of adding vitamins (such as A, D and e), organic minerals or biotin at high or low doses (if lameness is an issue.)

The mineral pellets are designed to be fed at either 100g per head per day or 200g per head per day. The 100g/head/day mineral pellet does not contain any calcium, so is suitable to feed to both dry cows who have low requirements for calcium, and to pre-calvers where added calcium in the diet close to calving can cause milk fever issues. The 200g/head/day contains both calcium and magnesium, as well as trace minerals, so it is ideally suited for milkers.

Summary

  • Easy way to get minerals into cows when feeding grains
  • Reduces the need for dusting
  • Feeding rates are
  • 100g/head/day (contains no calcium so can be fed to dry cows and springer herd)
  • 200g/head/day

Contains

  • Bovatec, which helps to eliminate bloat and improves feed efficiency
  • Calcium and magnesium to help prevent milk fever
  • Trace minerals such as copper, zinc, selenium, cobalt and iodine for herd health and fertility
  • Option of adding biotin if lameness is an issue
  • Option of adding vitamin A, D and C and/or organic minerals if desired