Precision management of trace mineral supplements for dairy cattle enables farmers to provide highly productive dairy cows with an optimal supply of dairy trace mineral supplements to maintain a high level of health and productivity.
The primary goal of cow mineral supplementation is to meet the animals daily cattle mineral dietary requirements. Both the level of individual trace minerals for dairy cattle that are being formulated into the ration and their form are essential to achieving this objective. Feeding too much cattle mineral, or sub-optimal levels of essential trace minerals for cattle can have a negative impact on cow well-being and productivity (see figure 1). Given that inorganic cow mineral sources are relatively cheap, overfeeding of trace minerals for cattle is relatively common, potentially leading to longer term health and longevity issues as a result of incorrect cattle mineral management.