Animal Health

Trace minerals issue universal

By Dairy News

A TECHNICAL services veterinarian from the United States visited Numurkah last month to speak about cattle multi-mineral injection Multimin.

Dan Tracy addressed a small group of farmers at MG Trading on June 18, and spoke about the research on the product that has been done in his home country.

“I’m here to inform and highlight the research that has been done in the US concerning Multimin and highlight, by using it, Multimin has the ability to uphold the immune system, help improve vaccine response and is an aid to help prevent disease in cattle,” he said.

Dr Tracy said he’d discovered that northern Victoria dairy farmers were dealing with the same issues as those in the US.

“Making that conversion for the milk price, it seems like dairy producers are challenged as they are in the United States as far as trying to make money,” he said.

Dr Tracy said using trace minerals would benefit cattle nutrition.

“Our research has found that trace mineral injections can result in improved reproductive efficiency and reduced diseases in cows and calves,” he said.

“Fertility and immunity problems can be corrected with mineral injections.

“We already know a fair bit about trace minerals as they relate to fertility — but the really interesting stuff is looking specifically at immunity and the potential for overall improvements to animal health. The US is leading the research in this area, and it really is showing us what’s achievable, with some intriguing potential solutions to help boost the overall health of dairy cows and calves.”

Dairy producer Darryl Hammond from “Melaleuca Park”, Buln Buln attended the Warragul event, and described the event as a great opportunity to see a lot of independent studies backing up Multimin claims.

“Dr Tracy really gave us a sense of confidence with using Multimin in our dairy herd by showing us the independent data backing up what we have been seeing visually in our treated animals,” Mr Hammond said. “I learnt a lot about how well Multimin complements vaccines and drenches when used at the same time and I find it interesting to see the gradual improvements to growth and coat colour in our herd after treating with Multimin.”

Also in attendance was Virbac Australia’s new technical services manager for nutrition, Dr Paula Gonzalez-Rivas