Making "Cents" with Cattle & Minerals

Let’s talk Minerals & Cattle.

And just why it makes “cents” to provide good mineral resources for your herd.

It is widely known that trace mineral nutrition directly influences immunity in cattle. Proper mineral supplementation can help enhance an animal’s immunity. A cow’s mineral requirements are influenced by many factors including age, breed, stage of production, presence of antagonists in the diet, and level of overall stress for these animals.

Proper copper nutrition in pregnant cows is critical to the immune health of newborn calves. Research has shown a significant transfer of copper from the dam to the fetus during the last trimester of pregnancy. Calves have a high copper demand during the first few months of life.

Newborns are very dependent on copper acquired during the prenatal period since milk is a poor source of copper. Additionally, copper status in the dam is critical to the production of high quality colostrum. As mentioned above, copper-deficient animals produce fewer antibodies. Calves born to copper deficient cows experience increased death losses, reduced growth and poor production efficiency. In summary, copper is essential for the development and maintenance of a healthy immune system.

Cattle readily show copper deficiency symptoms including: discolored hair coats (red tinge on black hair or loss of pigment around the eyes), slow to shed out of winter coats, depressed immunity, decreased conception rates, increased days open, and hoof problems.

In hind sight this is why we chose to incorporate Purina Wind & Rain Mineral into our Herd Management.

Beef cattle require a number of dietary mineral elements for normal bodily maintenance, growth, and reproduction. Minerals that are required in relatively large amounts are called major or macro elements. Those needed in small amounts are classified as micro, minor, or trace minerals. These terms, however, have no relationship to the metabolic importance of a mineral in the diet. A trace mineral can be as essential to the health and performance of an animal as a major mineral. The major minerals include calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, sodium, chlorine and sulfur. Among those needed in trace amounts are iron, zinc, manganese, copper, iodine, cobalt and selenium.

We choose to use Purina's Wind and Rain Storm - High Mag & All Season Mineral. Purina’s Wind and Rain All Season Minerals are available as a comprehensive line of beef cattle minerals designed to address the mineral deficiencies of the available forage, in a palatable, weather-resistant, granular formula (For More information on the Mineral,

In the last mineral we ordered we went one step higher in the program. Choosing to incorporate the newly founded Availa4. This includes minerals such as Zinc, Manganese, Copper and Cobalt, The Availa4 minerals are critical for reproduction performance and aid the immune system of stressed cattle by rapidly replacing diminished trace mineral stores. Which for our spring herd - means the bulls will be put in soon. Allowing them to already have in their systems the critically needed minerals prior to breeding.

I discuss more of this mineral in our own beef herd in my YouTube Channel Chronicles of a Farmer's Wife.

VLog 60: Takes you in further to our own personal Herd Management:

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