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Re: Mineral Cost

Postby TexasBred » Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:10 pm

bse wrote:TB or anybody else, what does the vitamin A or whatever is so expensive do for cattle? Asked them to mix me some, leave that teaspoon of whatever out, they want me to just go down a grade and keep whatever the vitamin is, can't wrap my head around it, unless it's there big money maker. Don't know

This will give you a better explanation than I ever could:
Vitamin A is an important immune system nutrient. Vitamin A has a significant role in providing immunologic protections against viral, bacterial and protozoan infections. The function of virtually all immune cells (neutrophils, macrophages, NK cells, T and B lymphocytes etc.) are affected by vitamin A. Vitamin A is associated with the maintenance of the protective mucous membranes of the respiratory and digestive tracts.

It is thought that a deficiency in vitamin A causes damage to these membranes which allows bacteria and viruses an opportunity for invasion. Overall vitamin A deficiency rather than vitamin A excess through
supplementation has the most profound and significant effects on the immune system. It has been suggested that in cases of BRD a vitamin A injection to calves known to be deficient or marginal in vitamin A status would benefit the animal and its immune system by rapidly increasing body stores of vitamin A.
It also functions in visual purple, a compound in the eye needed for sight when an animal adapts from light to dark. Vitamin A is also essential for proper kidney function and normal development of bones, teeth and nerve tissue. Vitamin A deficiency results in tissue changes associated with vision, bone development,
skin and the digestive tract. One of the first easily detected signs of vitamin A deficiency in cattle is night blindness. An easy way to check for this condition is to place an obstacle in pathway of cattle and notice if they stumble over it at twilight. Other early signs are loss of appetite, rough hair coat, dull eyes, slowed gains and reduced feed efficiency. Diarrhea and pneumonia may be the first indicators, especially in young animals. Later developments include excessive watering of the eyes, staggering gait, lameness or stiffness in the knees and hock joints and swelling of the legs and brisket (and sometimes in the abdominal region). Feedlot cattle with advanced vitamin A deficiency often pant excessively at high temperatures and go
into convulsions when excited. Signs of vitamin A deficiency in breeding herds include lowered
fertility and calving percentage

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Re: Mineral Cost

Postby bse » Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:37 pm

Thanks TB that sums it up pretty good, seems it does a lot, think ill just pay the cost and move on.
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Re: Mineral Cost

Postby Chocolate Cow2 » Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:57 pm

TexasBred-I tried to like your answer but it won't let me. That's a great explanation of Vitamin A. Thanks.
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Re: Mineral Cost

Postby ez14. » Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:29 pm

Now I heard (but forget were) that vitamins have a very short shelf life and by the time most minerals are consumed the vitamins are virtually gone

Any comments on that?
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Re: Mineral Cost

Postby bird dog » Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:52 pm

Why do more folks not just inject them and be done with it? Then you would make sure every animal got the correct amount.
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Re: Mineral Cost

Postby bse » Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:04 am

TB think it was asked about shelf life, found some a yr old, cost at last yrs price, will the fly control and everything else be effective?
Bird dog I think the injectable only has a few things, zinc, manganese, selenium and copper. May lack alot of stuff, that crossed my mind.
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Re: Mineral Cost

Postby TexasBred » Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:39 am

Chocolate Cow2 wrote:TexasBred-I tried to like your answer but it won't let me. That's a great explanation of Vitamin A. Thanks.


lolol, it won't let me like anyone's post either. I think we're being censored. lolol;-)
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Re: Mineral Cost

Postby bird dog » Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:23 am

bse, I am still putting out free choice mineral, I just had them remove the vitamin package until this supply problem shakes out. I will give the cows a E-AD vitamin injection at next work. The vet commented that it might be a better way to go anyway because of the assurance that all get what they need.
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Re: Mineral Cost

Postby bse » Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:37 am

bird dog, gotcha, i checked into that route just leave that out, cost was gonna be more than if i just pay up and move on, may need to shop around, just happy with what i use.
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Re: Mineral Cost

Postby Lucasbranham » Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:54 pm

I bought a year supply of purina mineral today. Seemed to be priced similar to past years. However I priced a couple other brands of mineral before purchasing and prices were significantly higher.
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