Feed Lot

SEP-OCT 2018

Feedlots and cow/calf operations in the beef industry who feed 500 or more has annually on grains and concentrates; maintain 500 or more beef cows; backgrounder, stocker/grower, preconditioner; veterinarian, nutritionist, consultant

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FEED•LOT September/October 2018 35 R 1-800-536-8438 "We can customize a system to meet your needs." ❖ Platform Scales (10 sizes/self-contained) ❖ Single Animal Weigh Cage (self-contained) ❖ Single Animal Scales (under squeeze chutes) ❖ Portable Calf Scales (3 designs for various weights) ❖ Hay Processor Scales vaccines perform closer to the way we expect them to. We know we can optimize their performance in terms of growth, immune function." He advises producers to check with their local veterinarian or extension expert to learn if their area has trace mineral deficiencies. Animals with marginal trace miner- al levels quickly become deficient during stress events, resulting in a poor immune response, and illness. Sturgeon noticed trace mineral deficiency symptoms in his cattle 20 years ago. They had poor re- production rates, and some calves experienced extra bleeding at cas- tration, a sure sign of copper defi- ciency. He reports poor hair coats, slow growth rates and susceptibil- ity to infectious disease are much more common in these calves. In his search for a suitable trace mineral solution, he tried several products but was dissatisfied with the results. "I went to an Academy Of Veteri- nary Consultants meeting," Surgeon recalls. "Multimin [representatives] showed their research, and I decid- ed to try it. Once I did, I never quit using it." In Newcastle, Oklahoma, L.D. Barker, D.V.M., recommends injecting trace miner- als in the neck, a hand- breadth away from other injections. Better yet, inject vaccinations and injectable miner- als on opposite sides of the neck. Thanks to trace mineral in- jections, his stocker calf health program is more consistent, providing adequate immune responses in calves. He strives to enhance calf health, performance and min- imize expenses. Barker suggests operators in- vest on the front end to get a return on the back end. When he first used trace mineral injections, he reduced pull rates from 50 to 60 percent down to below 17. Death losses also dropped from 12 percent to under five. "We see healthier calves respond to the first treatment so much bet- ter," Barker explains. "We're re- ducing retreats by two-thirds. It's so essential for animals to over- come infection. They respond to treatment much better and are turned out quicker. It diminishes your cost of antibiotics. I feel really good about the tools and technolo- gy we have today to minimize our issues and problems. It has reduced a lot of frustration and economic losses by having a product we know will get all those animals on the same page and maximize their response performance. It's cost-jus- tified from that standpoint." Scott Williamson also raises stocker calves in the Texas coun- ties of Jones and Baylor, and the headquarters is located between Anson and Stamford. At two dol- lars a head, an injectable mineral like Multimin ® 90 is an affordable tool for his management strategy. When his stockers reach a healthy trace mineral status, death loss is significantly reduced. "I have experienced reduced labor from pulls and calves are go- ing to take to feed faster and gain faster, particularly the ones that you reduced illnesses in," William- son reports. "In the big scheme of things, that cost is so minimal, and the returns on that animal so huge, that it is a necessary staple in my processing battery." FL

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