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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2008
page 82 C aTTL e COUNCIL OF a USTR a LI a Y ea RBOOK 2008 MULTIMIN injection for cattle is a new concept of trace mineral supplementation designed to strategically “top-up” cattle with trace minerals 4 weeks before economically critical events like calving and breeding. Topping-up is not about correcting long-term deficiency or replacing other sources of trace mineral supplementation. Rather topping-up aims to provide targeted supplementation at times of greatest metabolic need or reduced intake to correct short-term deficiency and optimise the trace mineral status of the animal for the four most important trace elements for immune function, reproduction and production - selenium, zinc, copper and manganese. It is very difficult to optimise trace element functions in cattle when only oral supplementation strategies (feeds, concentrates, supplements etc.) are utilised. There is huge variation between animals in supplement intake and supplement intake during the green season could decrease to insignificant amounts. essential trace elements are also often antagonised (rendered unavailable for absorption) by high levels of calcium, iron, sulphur, molybdenum, fibre etc., in drinking water or feeds/pastures, resulting in sub-optimal to deficient levels of essential trace elements at calving and breeding when needed most. MULTIMIN uses patented technology that presents the copper, zinc and manganese in a chelated highly bioavailable form. MULTIMIN also contains selenium as sodium selenite. Trials and on farm experience have shown impressive results. Mount gambier beef producers Mark and Julie Peucker have seen a return of $24 in just five weeks for an investment of $2.50/head for MULTIMIN. a 40 per cent improvement in the weight gains of weaner steers treated with MULTIMIN in an on farm trial has left the peuckers convinced of the benefits in treating their stock for trace element deficiencies with a simple MULTIMIN injection. Mark and Julie run the 140-cow Corinda Downs Simmental Stud, as well as a 400 angus cow commercial beef herd joined to Simmental bulls. The commercial herd split calves and sells 400-500 kg steers to feedlots and heifers for the domestic trade. The peuckers hold an on property MULTIMIN - Top up your cattle for profit ADVERTORIAL