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INADEQUATE trace mineral supplementation, especially for tran-
sition cows, may increase the risk of metabolic problems and ulti-
mately determine their performance in the next lactation.
To ensure that milk production is maintained, many farmers find
that supplementing a transition cow's diet with Maxi Trace Dairy is
a cost effective management tool.
Maxi Trace Dairy is a pre-mixed, concentrated liquid supplement
manufactured from high quality food-grade materials.
It combines carbohydrates, protein, electrolytes, minerals, trace
elements and vitamins that are essential for maintaining stock health
across most situations, but especially pre- and post-calving.
Its organic seaweed base enhances assimilation of these ingredi-
ents and provides additional nutrients from a natural source.
The latest manufacturing technology used in producing Maxi
Trace Dairy creates a stable suspension that is easy to use in most
farm delivery systems -- through a drench gun, trough treatment, in-
line dispensing system, or poured directly onto grain, hay or supple-
PacificAg staff are trained to advise on correct application rates for
transition cows and, later, for their calves to encourage high health
and improved weight gain.
Trace elements from PacificAg are typically chelated to deliver the
required elements to the animal in a way that binds a number of them
together to create a solution that is better than the sum of its parts.
This can lead to better utilisation of existing food and supplements,
leading to healthier stock that present with fewer calving-related
PacificAg works closely with NZ farmers and institutions in farm
trials, and all laboratory analysis is completed by Hills Laboratories
of Hamilton. Soil tests are conducted regularly so farmers can be con-
fident all treatments are actively improving stock and pasture health.
With 75 years' combined experience in New Zealand agriculture,
the PacificAg team provides a 100 per cent locally owned and oper-
ated service to dairy farmers.
"Our clients stay with us because we're always working with them
to improve their bottom line," PacificAg directors said.
"Healthy stock means healthy profits for the farmer, and all our
solutions are tailor-made to the individual farmer's requirements."
To find out more about the PacificAg calving programme, phone
0800 GROWNZ (0800-476 969) or check out their website at
Trace elements for pre and post-calving
OVER the years there have been many calf rearing regimes
promoting the best way to raise calves and avoid scours.
After all, farmers have enough problems in the spring with-
out the extra stress of scouring calves.
Calf rearers need to follow some simple guidelines and they will
be well on the way to a trouble free rearing period.
• Colostrum: Ensure all calves receive about eight per cent of their
body weight in good colostrum within the first 12 hours; preferably
two litres in the first two hours. Colostrum is rich in antibodies from
the mother, which help to protect the calf against infection, and are
readily absorbed through the wall of the intestine in the first 12-hour
• Hygiene: Ensure as soon as possible after birth the umbilicus is
sprayed with an iodine solution to help prevent the calf falling vic-
tim to an infection which
can easily enter the body via
the umbilicus. Ensure all
feeding equipment is clean,
the housing area has fresh
bedding, and the area is
sprayed with a virocide.
• Housing: Ensure the calf
house is clean, draught-free
and not overcrowded.
• Rearing: Starve calves
for 24 hours when they first
enter the calf shed. If feed-
ing milk replacer feed
calves only once a day.
Many wholemilk rearers
also adopt this feeding
regime from an early age.
• Feed: Use Renco Vegetable Rennet to supplement the calf's nat-
ural supply of the milk digestive enzymes. This assists the milk to
clot more rapidly in the stomach which aids digestion and absorp-
tion. Research indicates that calves at birth have varying levels of the
the digestive enzymes contained in Renco rennet.
These can take time to develop. If levels are low, the milk will be
very slow to form a clot in the stomach. This leaves the pH of the
stomach elevated and a more suitable environment for the growth of
Add 2ml per calf to the milk immediately prior to feeding daily for
the first three weeks at least.
Renco vegetable rennet is natural and requires no witholding peri-
od. It may be used safely on bobby calves.
Also feed natural yoghurt containing live cultures. This supple-
mentation may aid the establishment of desirable bacteria popula-
tions which should be beneficial and inhibit the undesirable ones.
For more information go to www.renconz.com.
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