Standard for Livestock Mineral Supplements

Development of a freely available industry standard guideline for livestock mineral supplements, that could be used by both farmers and company representatives who supply them.

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Field Lab Timeline

    7/11/2018 11:00:00 PM
  • Launch meeting

    Launch meeting
  • 7/25/2018 11:00:00 PM
  • Farm information survey sent out

    Farm information survey sent out
  • 9/12/2018 11:00:00 PM
  • Gathering of information on farms' current procedures

    Gathering of information on farms' current procedures
  • 11/20/2018 12:00:00 AM
  • Second group meeting

    - Discuss survey results - Plan rest of the project, including metabolic profiling two of the herds with over/under supplementation on paper - Choosing mineral for winter period/pre-calving

    Second group meeting
  • 11/30/2018 12:00:00 AM
  • Final meeting

    Meeting to finalise outcomes of the project (guide to beef cattle mineral and trace element supplementation). This will include suckler cows, calves, breeding heifers and finishing stock.

    Final meeting
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  • Achievements

    March 2019

    Recent activity

    The group have done a mineral audit on each of the farms for suckler pre calving minerals and had David Allen from Trouw nutrition speak about what is important and mineral interactions. The group have benefited from this, with some having saved money on buying minerals and others have moved to more appropriate minerals for their farm needs. Originally they were hoping to take this forward to get some sort of industry standard for mineral requirements for beef cattle, so that farmers would be better informed to what minerals they require at different time of year and classes of stock. This is not going to be easy with the variation in opinions from the supply trade and also variations on individual farms. However, the group members have all shared information on what they are buying and have information on whether it matches their supply and where efficiencies can be made.The next step would be to have a final meeting to see how the farmers want to proceed. The subject area makes it tricky for the farmers themselves to take this forward to get standards for industry as so many different suppliers all with their own agenda selling their products. The facilitator will have a meeting with the group in May once calving and lambing all finished up and see how to take things forward.

    Milestone: Gathering of information on farms' current procedures

    October 2018

    First group meeting

    On the group's initial meeting (which due to time constrains took place after the farms' survey had been circulated), information from each farm was collected on their silages and mineral analysis of these silages. Also collected was all the information on their pre calving minerals. There were stark differences in the minerals that farmers in the group were feeding precalving on relatively similar systems and this made for good discussion.

    To try and quantify farm requirements, John Allen from Trouw Nutrition is going to help with a mineral calculator to see what the supply is compared to demand and come and speak to the group on the following meeting, to show findings, answer questions concerning minerals to suckler cows and to discuss the results. John is highly experienced and very well respected in this industry.

    Milestone: Launch meeting

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