Phosphorous deficiency in cows and cattle

06 December 2013

With the winter season in full flow by now, most farms are feeding their full winter diet. For some farms, that will include Maize Silage or Fodder/Sugar Beet. These feeds are very beneficial to milk production in dairy cows and weight gain in finishing cattle due to the high levels of energy contained in them - starch in maize silage and sugar in beet.

However, these feeds are naturally low in phosphorous, so if you are using these feeds you will need to supplement the diet with additional phosphorous.

Phosphorous is an essential nutrient and is required across all classes of livestock, beef and dairy, dry/lactating cows, also young/finishing animals.

Phosphorous deficiency can result in decreased appetite, reduced rate of gain/growth, pica (depraved appetite – manifests as eating wood/soil or other materials, drinking urine from the ground), infertility, reduced milk yield and quality, milk fever, poor lambing rates.

It is recommended to adjust your feeding programme to include a high phosphorous maize/beet specific mineral while feeding maize silage or beet.

Connolly’s RED MILLS have a range of specific feeds available which contain higher levels of phosphorous for feeding with Maize/Beet.

Dairy

  • 24% Dairy Maize/Beet Balancer Cubes:

-   Contains Wheat, Maize Distillers, Hi-Pro Soya, Rapeseed, Maize Gluten;

-   Contains protected minerals, higher phosphorous, Yeast, Rumen Buffer and Biotin.

  • 28% Dairy Maize/Beet Balancer Cubes:

-   Contains Hi-Pro Soya, Maize Distillers, Rapeseed, Maize Gluten;

-   Contains protected minerals, higher phosphorous, Yeast, Rumen Buffer and Biotin.

Beef

  • 25% Maize/Beet Balancer Mix:

-   Contains Rapeseed Pellets, Soya Hulls, Hi-Pro Soya, Maize Gluten, Maize Distillers;

-   Contains protected minerals, higher phosphorous, Yeast, Rumen Buffer.

Also available are mineral buckets, bags and blocks with higher levels of phosphorous for Maize/Beet diets.

Contact Connolly’s RED MILLS at 059 97 75800 or info@redmills.ie for more info.