Bovis ISSN 2398-2993

Assessing mineral status - overview

Synonym(s): Minerals and trace elements

Contributor(s): Nigel Kendall , Alistair Macrae

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Introduction

  • The assessment of mineral status is a useful tool when investigating herd performance and health. 
  • The assessment of mineral status should always be a team approach, including farmer, vet, nutritionist and any other relevant person (farm consultant, stockman etc). 
  • Often a mineral assessment is only requested when there is a problem on farm.  However it can be useful to undertake routine assessments to monitor the mineral status of the herd and pre-empt problems.  
  • Such assessments may also include some cost benefit analysis.  The potential economic returns against cost of ‘correction’ do need to be considered.

Production/Performance Records

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Before you start

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Getting started

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Feed and water sampling

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Sampling the animal

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Past, present and future

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Sentinel groups/trials

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMed Resource.
  • Bone P A & Kendall N R (2011) How to determine on farm forage mineral problems. Cattle Practice 19 pp 133-136.

Other sources of information

  • Kendall N R & Bone P (2015) Farm and laboratory assessment of mineral availability in ruminants. In: Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition. Eds: Garnsworthy P C & Wiseman J) in Press.
  • Kendall N R, Stubbings L A & Sinclair K D (2015) A determination of sample number requirements for nutritional analyses in sheep. In: Proceedings of British Society of Animal Science. pp 157.
  • Kendall N R & Bone P A (2014) Sheep mineral supplements: what do they do and when should they be used? Animal Health Advisor . Aug 6-8.
  • Kendall N R (2014) Understanding and advising on the need for mineral supplements in livestock. Animal Health Advisor  June 12-13.
  • Kendall N R (2008) Choosing right strategy for large animal mineral supplementation. Veterinary Times 10th March 30-31.


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