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Save Costs by Fine-Tuning Mineral Supplementation: Two New Videos

If animals’ mineral needs are not met, the results are costly, including decreased performance, disease resistance and reproduction. Mineral requirements for cattle depend on their weight, age, and expected performance (maintenance vs. weight gain vs. pregnancy) and mineral supplementation needs also depend on the feed, water and soil chemistry around the herd.

The two latest episodes of the Beef Research School feature Dr. John McKinnon, Beef Industry Research Chair and professor and researcher of cattle nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan. In part one, Dr. McKinnon explains the symptoms of mineral deficiency, how to choose a mineral feeding program that suits your herd, the economic advantage of investing in supplements, and tips for preventing over or under-consumption.

See Part 1 of 2 here.

Part two discusses how to respond to breeding cows’ changing mineral needs during the year, as well as mineral-to-mineral interactions to be cautious of.

See Part 2 of 2 here.

Stay tuned for upcoming episodes of the Beef Research School, which will soon cover rangeland assessments and deadstock disposal. Past episodes covered vaccination programs, trich and vibrio, and riparian zone assessment and restoration. More information on the Beef Research School.

Learn more

Major Minerals for Beef Cows
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development

Trace Minerals for Beef Cows
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development

Minerals for Beef Cattle
Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

Minerals for Beef Cattle
Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives

Meeting Mineral Requirements at Pasture
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food

Feed testing explained in Beef Research School video
BCRC Blog – December 17, 2012
With links to several other feed testing resources.

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Larry PaskoMarch 17, 2015

We raise Charolais..our feeding program is mainly hay and pasture for our mature cows is this enough for them to reach their growth potential? Also for keep over heifers what should we be doing. Thank you.


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Beef ResearchMarch 20, 2015

Hi Larry,

I'd recommend contacting your regional livestock specialist with those questions. If you're in Alberta, call the Ag-Info Centre: 310-FARM (3276). For Saskatchewan, contact the Ag Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377 or I'm afraid I don't know the other provinces' contact info off by heart, but a Google search should find it if you're in another province.

BCRC Beef Extension Coordinator


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