Optimize Cattle Breeding Efforts with the Right Minerals

Apr 30, 2020

Tara Jo Bina
Countryside Feed Sales & Nutrition Professional
With several important processes taking place during the breeding season, it’s essential to provide cows, first-calf heifers and even bulls with the proper nutrition needed to optimize their reproduction efforts. Therefore, providing key minerals, along with quality feed, are vital components of the body conditioning process.
It’s important to provide beef cattle with the right mineral package throughout the year to maintain their weight and reproductive performance. But as far as the breeding season is concerned, we recommend beginning to provide protein supplements and certain macrominerals and trace minerals 90 days before breeding begins and continuing until the season ends.
Important macrominerals like calcium and phosphorus help build muscle, strengthen the bone structure and impact what’s happening inside the embryo throughout the gestation period. In addition to helping nervous and muscular systems function properly, sodium helps regulate body pH and water retention.
Chelated trace minerals like zinc, manganese, copper, cobalt, iron, selenium and iodine help enhance reproductive performance early in the breeding season by resulting in improved conception rates and faster confirmed pregnancies in females. Calves are often born with stronger immune systems when cows are fed these minerals prior to giving birth. And providing these minerals to bulls can result in larger testicle size, semen quality and overall stamina.
We’re proud to offer a number of quality mineral formulations from two leading manufacturers at Countryside Feed – the Availa-Mins product line from Zinpro Performance Minerals® and RangeLand® Pro from Purina Animal Nutrition. All of these products are formulated to supply essential minerals and vitamins not provided in pastures and forages.
The Availa-Mins Portfolio
Led by products like Availa® 4 and Availa® Plus, Zinpro Corporation offers a dozen different products in its Availa-Mins line. These are some of the best performance minerals made for the cattle market, because each are manufactured with a patented “amino acid extraction process” that breaks down a pure source of protein into free amino acids. The free amino acids are then complexed to the trace mineral. The result is the most soluble, stable, absorbable and metabolically available trace minerals on the market, which provides ranchers with a strong return on investment.
Purina RangeLand® Pro
Designed for high trace mineral bioavailability, RangeLand® Pro is an elite, cutting-edge mineral with proven consistent consumption designed to get cows bred, keep them bred and deliver to your bottom-line. This product offers excellent trace mineral absorption through a combination of organic and inorganic sources, which supports elite reproductive expectations.
You definitely don’t want to cut corners when it comes to giving your animals what they need during the breeding season. Reach out to your local Countryside Feed nutritionist for assistance in selecting the best mineral product for your cattle operation. We’ll help ensure you provide the boost your cattle need, when they need it.

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