Mineral Deficiency Guide
If your livestock are experiencing any of the symptoms below, this could be related to a mineral deficiency within their diet.
What symptoms are your livestock demonstrating?
Poor bone growth and rickets in young stock
Mineral Needed: Calcium (Ca)
Function: For growth and maintenance of bones and teeth. Bones act as a reserve.
Poor bone growth and decreased appetite in extreme cases
Mineral Needed: Phosphorus (P)
Function: Needed with calcium in bones. Present in soft tissues and body fluids
Mineral Needed: Magnesium (Mg)
Function: Essential for enzyme systems and metabolism as well as bone structure
Reduced appetite and stunted growth
Mineral Needed: Sodium (Na)
Function: Needed in blood and other body fluids. Stimulates saliva to maintain appetite
Mineral Needed: Iron (Fe)
Function: Iron is needed for a high haemoglobin level for proper oxygen transport and endurance
Poor health and performance from lack of Vitamin B12
Mineral Needed: Cobalt (Co)
Function: Cobalt is needed to make Vitamin B12 in the gut
Anaemia and poor growth
Mineral Needed: Copper (Cu)
Function: Involved in enzyme systems
Mineral Needed: Iodine (I)
Function: Needed for thyroid which controls basic metabolism
Low conception rates
Mineral Needed: Manganese (Mn)
Function: Needed for enzymes and bone formation
Unthriftiness and white muscle disease in foals. Muscles tying up
Mineral Needed: Selenium (Se)
Function: Affects muscle development
Poor condition of skin, hair and hooves
Mineral Needed: Zinc (Zn)
Function: Used in enzyme systems throughout the body
The above is intended as a basic guide only. If you are in any doubt about the health of your animals, you should consult a veterinary surgeon.
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