Healthier livestock means improved performance
Grazing animals have different requirements for micronutrients to those that are required for grass growth so it is important to ensure sufficient are present in the grass to meet the animals' needs as well as the grass.
Is your grass supplying enough selenium ?
Selenium is an essential trace element for all animals and humans.
Selenium deficiency occurs at herbage concentrations below 0.1 mg/kg DM and results indicate that up to 88% of herbage samples are deficient.
Deficiency in livestock causes still birth and retention of afterbirth in livestock, increased milk cell count and increased levels of clinical mastitis.
In calves, deficiency is associated with “white muscle disease” (nutritional myopathies).
In lambs and calves under six months, local myopathies may involve skeletal or cardiac muscle.
Increased selenium in blood of sheep resulted in a significant increase in live weight gain and wool production.
Have you considered enriching your grass with selenium containing fertiliser ?
Applying selenium in grassland fertiliser increases selenium uptake by the grass and therefore increases the availability of selenium to animals.
Trials have shown selenium fertiliser applied in a single application in April resulted in a significant increase in selenium concentration in grass/silage with subsequent increased blood levels for the duration of the season. There was some fall off in herbage concentration over the season indicating the wisdom of repeated applications of selenium with a fertiliser from the Booster Range.
In mildly selenium deficient soils, repeated applications will lead to an improvement in the general overall health and well-being of the animal.
Make every bite count and see the benefits in your herds health
- Increased herd health
- Reduced cost of mastitis
- Increased herd fertility
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