The Importance of Vitamins & Minerals
There are many minerals considered important for Dairy cows. The major (macro) minerals required in large amounts include calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, sodium, chlorine and sulphur.
Micro minerals, required in much lower amounts include cobalt, copper, iron, iodine, manganese, zinc and selenium.
Vitamins of importance can be either water soluble or fat soluble. The water soluble vitamins of concern to cows are B group vitamins and vitamin C. Fat soluble vitamins are A, D, E and K.
Whether there is a large or small requirement for a mineral, the appropriate level must be fed to achieve optimum performance.
Maintaining the correct balance of vitamins and minerals in your herd can result in improved:
• Coat/hoof/skin health and condition
• Fat metabolism
• Hormone synthesis
• Bone formation
• Reduction in retained placentas
• Improved SSC
• Muscle protection
It is therefore crucial to maintain an appropriate balance of vitamins and minerals in the herds overall diet. Vitamin and mineral supplements are included in CopRice pellets as standard; however there are a wide range of other additives available which can easily be added to your pellets to assist in correcting any imbalances where required.
For further information, call CopRice for an on farm consultation to discuss your herd’s vitamin and mineral requirements on 1800 267 742.