Minerals for Dairy Cattle
Working together to maximise your mineral supplementation results
Getting the right mineral supplementation program for your herd is important for preventing disease and achieving top reproductive and production results on your farm. Mineral supplementation is a complex area of animal health including trace element supplementation, transition management and zinc supplementation for protection from facial eczema. Our anexa vets can help you with a plan, making it easy for you to get this right every time.
Trace element testing, monitoring and reporting
Knowledge of the copper and selenium levels in your herd is important for making safe and productive trace element supplementation decisions. We recommend testing your herd’s trace element status at two key points in the year: autumn and pre-mating. To get the best value from your trace element testing a combination of liver biopsies and blood samples are required. Our large animal vets are highly proficient at liver biopsies, making the process on farm a breeze, while keeping the cow comfortable.
Trace element supplementation planning
Your anexa vet can put together the information collected from your trace element results and farm supplementation history to create a trace element supplementation plan tailored to your farm.
Transition management planning
Optimal transition management is important for minimising disease during calving and maximising long-term production and reproductive performance in your herd. Your vet can work with you to create a transition management plan tailored to your herd, optimising its performance over calving.
Facial eczema prevention
Anexa offers a range of services to keep you covered over the facial eczema risk period. We have a weekly regional spore count email and text service for members throughout the facial eczema risk season. In addition to this we can also run individual spore count tests for your own farm. Your anexa vet can also help you navigate our zinc dosage guide, working out the best plan for your farm. Once your zinc supplementation is in place, we can also test that it is working by checking zinc levels and liver enzyme values on some blood samples from your herd.
Transition mineral mixes and trace element mineral mixes
We offer a wide range of transition mineral mixes and trace element mixes. Custom mixes can also be ordered to suit your farm’s needs. Our technical sales representatives (TSRs) working with your vet can help you find the right mix for you.
Technician support for bolus insertion
Our technicians can assist you with bolus insertion. Whether it is application of zinc boluses in the facial eczema season or trace element capsules in autumn/ winter our technicians are here to help.
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Info sheets & how-to guides
It’s often not only what you do, but also how you do it that’s important, that’s why it’s always a good idea to have a guide handy. Check out our info sheets below and ensure you are taking the best approach.
How to guides
Maize balancer product sheet.pdf
Stock suffering from facial eczema?.pdf
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