Trace Mineral Nutrition

Animal Health Nutrition

  There is much written about trace minerals in human and animal nutrition.  It can be a confusing topic – I will try to simplify the issue.  Calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium are considered macrominerals.  They are required in comparatively larger quantities.  Recommended levels of these are well established.  As the name implies, trace minerals need only be present in small amounts.  They are used as part of enzymes, which serve the vital function of being catalysts to chemical reactions that run the metabolic processes of the body.     The immune system operates at maximum efficiency in the presence of...

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Fall Strategies for Managing Internal Parasites

goats Parasites sheep

Internal parasites can influence the health, productivity, and vitality of cattle, sheep, and goats. Their affects are most significantly seen in younger animals, as there is a level of immunity that gets acquired with age. Managing parasites is not only about choosing a good dewormer, but also about formulating a complete program for control. The parasites we are focusing on are primarily the stomach and intestinal worms. The most common and harmful of these include Ostertagia, Cooperia, Haemonchus, and Trichostrongylus. Practices established to control these also will address the other internal parasites. These parasites have evolved to maximize their reproductive...

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Dr Paul’s Lab: Clean Start Pellets - Updates

Animal Health Dr. Paul's Lab

Clean Start Pellets were introduced in 2020 as a natural/organic supportive care product with the intent of aiding the immune system in situations of challenges caused by coccidiosis, internal parasites, and pathogenic gut bacteria. The product contains micofused essential oils, prebiotics, soluble tannins, and molasses. These are all beneficial in enhancing the microbiome, promoting tight cell junctions (reducing “leaky gut” issues), maintaining the beneficial protective mucous layer in the gut, and supporting the entire immune system. Research suggests that 70% of the immune system is based on the gut.             Through use on our own farm and clinical observation in...

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Top 10 Factors of a Healthy Calving Season for Beef Cows

Beef Immunity Nutrition

1. Provide Sufficient Nutrition – A gestating beef cow can utilize some extender feeds such as poor-quality hay or cornstalks, but they also need to have energy to help the rumen utilize these high fiber feeds. Also, protein is needed to maintain the immune system, keep the muscles strong in the cow, and allow for good quality colostrum to be made. The closer to calving, the greater the nutrient demands. 2. Provide Adequate Calcium and Phosphorus – Calcium is needed for good bone structure/strength and muscle strength. Cows low on calcium will have a difficult time calving. You may see...

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Internal Parasites In Ruminants

Dr. Paul's Lab Parasites Ruminants

As we get to the end of the grazing season, it is a good time to deworm your livestock. If you are looking for natural/organic products to use, consider these great products from Dr. Paul’s Lab: Eliminate Boluses, CGS Remedy, S&G Pills.

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