Many UK soils are deficient in vitamins and trace elements and,
as a result, they will not provide grazing livestock with adequate
levels. This warning, from SCA NuTec ruminant specialist Norman
Downey, has prompted the company to launch a new range of drenches
with specific vitamins and trace elements to plug this gap and
keep performance on target.
"We are typically finding that grazed grass has low levels
of Cobalt and Copper, as well as vitamins, although there are
significant regional variations," says Mr Downey. "In
Cumbria the under lying rock is basalt and forages grown on this
rock type are deficient in Iodine, Selenium, Cobalt and Copper.
Cobalt, Iodine and Selenium are not essential nutrients for plant
growth and consequently their status in grass is very poor.
"The summer grazing season is more of a problem than winter
where intakes rely more on conserved forage and concentrates,
both of which are richer in vitamins and trace elements.
"Adequate vitamins and trace elements are especially important
at this time of year as early lambing ewes are getting ready
for tupping and lambs are being finished. In beef cattle, deficiencies
will result in ill thrift, poor overall performance and reduced
SCA NuTec's new range of drenches includes a multivit drench,
cobalt and vitamin drench, multivit with copper and cobalt and
vitamin drench with copper. "Farmers and their nutritionists
need to select the one most suited to their own situation, taking
account of the livestock involved and the soil status," adds
Available from agricultural merchants, these drenches may be
used in feed, drinking water, milk or by oral drenching. Doses
for cattle and sheep are included on the packs. For local stockists
contact SCA NuTec on 01845 578125
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