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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2008
C aTTL e COUNCIL OF a USTR a LI a Y ea RBOOK 2008 Virbac (Australia) Pty Ltd. 361 Horsley Road, Milperra NSW 2214 www.virbac.com.au For further information call 1800 009 847 Contains selenium, copper, zinc and manganese Easy subcutaneous injection Signi?cantly increases trace element status of cattle Effective supplement for use at critical times (calving, mating and drying off) Top up your cattle for pro?t bull sale each March where they offer 30 Corinda Downs Simmental bulls. “Years ago the Sa Department of primary Industry did a ‘Trace Check’ program where they took liver samples at abattoirs and on farm blood tests looking for trace element deficiencies. They then linked the results back to properties to get an overview of what deficiencies were occurring and where,” Mark said. “Our area came out as being very deficient in Selenium. “Over the years we’d tried a number of products, including bullets and mineralised drenches, but we just hadn’t seen the benefits we were hoping for. “I’ve got to the stage where I need to be convinced something works before I use it, so that’s why we decided to set up our own on farm trial when we were told about the potential of MULTIMIN. “We decided to give it a go on a group of steers and measure what happened. “We performance record every animal on the place and have good yards so Julie and I can weigh 100 steers in 30 - 40 minutes. We want to know what our animals are doing and which animals are performing.” Mark and Julie randomly assigned an even line of spring drop steer calves into two treatments at weaning in May. The steers were individually recorded, weighed and drenched. Twenty- three were given an injection of MULTIMIN, while 24 were left as a control group and were untreated. The steers were then run together as one mob and weighed five weeks later. In five weeks the MULTIMIN treated steers had put on an average of 1.34 kg/head/day, while the untreated steers averaged 0.96kg/head/day - an improvement in weight gain of 40 per cent due to MULTIMIN. “If you value the gain at $1.75/kg, then the steers treated with MULTIMIN made an extra $24 in extra weight over the five weeks. When I get that sort of return, I’m impressed,” Mark said. “We’ll keep monitoring the steers in the trial until we turn them off and plan to give the MULTIMIN treated group another injection in mid august. “The hard part is going to be to not treat the control group, when you know they could be gaining more weight if you gave the MULTIMIN.” Mark and Julie are now planning to use MULTIMIN strategically over their entire herd. “It’s not cheap, but it’s extremely good value when you can get the benefits we’ve been able to measure,” Mark said. MULTIMIN is available in 200mL and 500mL packs, and a combination pack containing 2 x 500mL MULTIMIN, a 12.5mL injector and a bonus 500mL Hy-B12 (vitamin B12 is commonly associated with cobalt deficiency). For further information or a product brochure please call virbac Customer Support 1800 009 847.