Micro-Mineral Article

  1.  Sean       Permalink

    I recently read the Micro mineral article by Troy S and was intrigued by the thought. I am prone to pick my bulls sort them out this time of year and leave them alone to recuperate…I will look forward to considering a different mineral program for them and see if I can gauge any change

  2.  Robinson       Permalink

    Sean – I read the article as well and have to say that we have been really pleased with this type of program at our place. We put a mineral out for our bulls year round, and our results have been really positive. There are probably more factors at work than just the mineral supplementation, but we feel like the minerals play a big role.

  3.  Steve       Permalink

    A good mineral program is the basis of reproduction performance for both bulls and cows. You can see some amazing results when the right combination is offered and the only way to determine this is to test pastures and hays/silage/baleage.

    Another practice that is gaining in popularity is use of trace mineral injections. MultiMin 90 has show quite of lot of promising responses in fertility improvements in both male and female cattle. Its not a replacement for a good fed mineral program but its definitely a useful complement.

  4.  Cory B.       Permalink

    I think this is great feedback. I used MultiMin for the first time this year on a set of cows I purchased that were under-nourished. I was extremely pleased with the results. My only hesitation on MultiMin is the cost – does anyone know of a like-kind product at a cheaper cost?

  5.  Steve       Permalink

    The cost of MultiMin runs around $2.00 per dose. Maybe a little more depending on how much your vet marks it up. So if you give injections a couple of times per year this is costing you $4.00 per head. Similarly, if you are using a free-choice mineral that costs $20.00 per bag (this will be a pretty basic product) and you feed it year round and consumption is 4 oz per head per day your annual cost per head will be $36.50. So, from my perspective and based on the herds I’ve worked with this is a pretty inexpensive means of insuring your mineral program is complete.

    Also, at this point in time I do not believe there is another product of this nature on the market. There was something similar for a while but I don’t believe it is available any more (patent infringement or similar).

  6.  Cory B.       Permalink

    I appreciated this response, Steve. I was still hesitant (of costs) until I went to wean my calves. I felt like my results were going to be good and I knew visually the cattle were in great shape but the calves from the under nourished cattle were awesome. Weight wise the were in the mean of my total calf numbers. I’m not sure how much credit to attribute to Multimin but was pleased with the results however they came. Genetics and forage helped but I did feel like the proper nutrition and supplementation, which Multimin was a part of, really helped these cattle perform and the calves showed.

    I’m curious if I can justify this on all our cattle going forward. I’d be interested in trying it on half the cattle and testing results.

  7.  Steve       Permalink

    Cory – Multimin is a nutritional tool like so many others that we have to take into consideration when trying to run a profitable, productive operation. Take a few numbers into consideration:

    As noted in a previous post MM costs about $2.00 per dose. It might be a bit more depending on your source but this is in the ball park. If giving to the cow herd as part of your overall mineral program you might give the cow 2 injections per year for a total of $4.00. Your regular mineral program might cost you a total, annually, of around $45.00 per head. So if you add MM to that number it becomes $49.00 annually for your full mineral program of which MM is 8.1%. For use on weaning and growing calves your cost might be a little less since dosage is weight dependent. But what you are working to accomplish here, more than anything else on these types of cattle is to improve Zn, Mn, Cu and Se status in the calf which has been shown repeatedly to improve immune response. This means fewer sick pulls, death loss, med cost, etc.

    Honestly there is enough positive data out there that I think you can have some confidence that the product works often enough to justify the investment.

  8.  Cory B.       Permalink

    Steve-thanks for the feedback on this. The thought process behind this makes a ton of sense to me and I will consider how the MM could potentially impact my entire herd’s health. The $4/dose could be well worth the investment

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