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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2009
Top up your cattle for profit MULTIMIN® is a new concept of trace mineral supplementation. This multi-mineral injection is designed to be administered strategically to ‘top-up’ essential trace minerals – selenium, copper, zinc and manganese - prior to economically and nutritionally critical events. ‘Toppingup’ with essential minerals, at strategic times, assists in reproductive performance, immunocompetence (immunity) and growth resulting in higher profits for beef producers. In light of the increasing price of replacement stock it is important that producers maximise the reproductive performance of their remaining breeding animals to protect their future source of income. An investment in trace mineral management must achieve returns through the best possible health after calving and efficient reproductive performance of both heifers and cows. An injectable multi-mineral supplement (MULTIMIN) administered strategically to the dam 4 weeks before calving will provide the essential trace minerals for increased immune response. A healthy, active immune system assists, not only in the health of the calf, but also in the prevention of uterine and mammary infections allowing the cow to be rejoined in the best health. A second injection 4 weeks before joining aims to correct the cyclic activity of the breeder to optimise the reproductive performance of the beef herd. ‘Topping-up’ with trace minerals becomes particularly important to assist in the reproductive performance of cows that are under a significant amount of stress, for example the rising two year old breeder about to be joined for the second time. This often problematic group of animals is under increased amounts of stress due to continual growth which can sometimes affect their reproductive performance. Optimising the minerals essential for growth and reproduction can assist these cows through this period of increased stress. Another group of cattle that are under increased levels of stress are the young growing stock. To understand what minerals young stock require it is important to know what they are receiving in the first place. The cow’s milk is the major source of nutrition that concerns beef calves and their performance as they are not receiving any other form of supplementation early in life. Minerals in milk are divided into Cattle dose rate Calves: up to 1 year, 1ml/50kg Cattle: 1-2 years, 1ml/75kg Cattle: over 2 years, 1ml/100kg two main groups, macrominerals and trace minerals. All contribute to the wellbeing of the offspring and are important for growth of most organs particularly the mineralisation of bone matrix. Macrominerals essential for growth such as phosphorus, calcium and magnesium are present in milk to a large degree (greater than 30ppm). It is the trace minerals that are needed for growth such as selenium, copper, zinc and manganese that are present in negligible amounts in cow’s milk (less than 0.5ppm). It is because of this that a ‘top-up’ injection of essential trace minerals is vital for growth and immunoconpetance. Calves and weaners can be topped up at marking or branding and again at weaning for best results. When considering trace mineral supplementation it is important to utilise both oral supplementation, through rumen boluses, lick blocks, dry lick, water medication or formulated feed rations, for the treatment of long term deficiencies and strategic supplementation or ‘topping-up’ via injection for the optimisation of essential minerals prior to economically critical events. The use of a strategic injection is important because it is very difficult to optimise trace mineral functions in beef cattle when only oral supplementation strategies are utilised. Relying only on oral forms of supplementation allows for huge variation between animals in intake, especially during the ‘green season’ where intake could fall to insignificant amounts. Minerals received through oral supplementation are also often antagonised (rendered unavailable for absorption from the gut) by calcium, sulfur, phosphorus, molybdenum and fiber resulting in sub-optimal to deficient levels of essential trace elements at calving, joining and during critical growth in young stock when they are needed most. An effective way to counter dietary antagonists, increase bioavailability and ensure that individuals receive adequate amount of essential minerals is to provide trace minerals post absorption i.e. bypassing the gastrointestinal tract with an injection directly into the animal for uptake through the blood. MULTIMIN uses patented technology that presents the four most important trace minerals for immune function, reproduction, growth and production – selenium, copper, zinc and manganese – in a highly bioavailable form. MULTIMIN injection for cattle is marketed by Virbac Animal Health. It is formulated to be tissue friendly, aqueous and easy to use. MULTIMIN, when given three to four weeks prior to a critical event, provides a ‘top up’ of the trace minerals essential to reproductive efficiency, optimal immune response and growth in young stock. For further information please contact your local Virbac Area Manager, find their details on the Virbac Animal Health website (www.virbac.com.au) or call customer service on (02) 9772 9772. Virbac (Australia) Pty Ltd. 361 Horsley Road, Milperra NSW 2214 www.virbac.com.au For further information call 1800 009 847 1117_CCA Yearbook 2009.indd 25 5/5/09 8:00:01 PM