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Mineral and Vitamin Nutrition

Proper nutrition is not only crucial to maintaining good cattle health -- it also helps maximize profits. If cattle do not receive minerals, vitamins and other essential nutrients in the proper ratios and amounts, cattle health suffers along with producer bottom line.

Topics:
Nutrients - General
Mineral Requirements
Vitamin Requirements and Supplementation

Nutrients - General

Nutrients for Cattle
Alberta Agriculture and Food
This factsheet provides an overview of those nutrients required for good animal health. It also assesses how well Alberta feeds succeed in supplying these nutrients.

Mineral Requirements

Minerals for Beef Cattle
Manitoba Agriculture, Food, and Rural Initiatives
What are the mineral requirements for beef cattle? What quantities of mineral are found in specific types of animal feed? Find out here.

Minerals for Beef Cattle
Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food
Specific mineral requirements for cattle and those general feed sources that succeed in supplying it.

Feed Trace Minerals for Beef Cattle
Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food
While trace minerals are crucial to the health of beef cattle, caution must be taken to avoid excess supplementation as it can result in toxicity.

Chelated Minerals - Magic or Myth
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Chelated or organic minerals are absorbed into the intestine more readily than conventional minerals, but it is important to administer the correct amount of mineral.

Mineral Supplementation for Cow/Calf Pairs
Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia State University
Mineral supplementation for cow/calf pairs is not difficult, but it is a management practice with which many producers need assistance, says the author of this factsheet. (PDF)

A Review of Potassium and Tetany Ratios
Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives
A ration high in potassium and low in calcium and magnesium can predispose cattle to tetanus.

Selenium Levels in Forages
Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives
The importance of determining whether forages contain enough of the trace element, Selenium.

Vitamin Requirements and Supplementation

Vitamin Supplementation for Beef Animals
Alberta Agriculture and Food
Why is vitamin supplementation required? Do stored forages lose their vitamins? What levels of vitamin supplementation are required? Find out here.

Vitamin E Requirements for Finishing Cattle and Beef Cows
Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives
There is evidence that most rations are deficient in Vitamin E, a vitamin crucial to immune function and animal health, and to the prevention of muscular dystrophy in young calves.

Vitamin E Requirements for in Cow and Finishing Beef Rations - Frequently Asked Questions
Alberta Agriculture and Food
What is Vitamin E? Do feeds have adequate amounts of vitamin E? Will I be able to market finished steers without supplemental vitamin E in the feeding program? Find answers to these questions and others regarding the importance of vitamin supplementation.

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