Cow and calf Alan Newport
Reproduction is one of the production areas that suffers from the most common mineral deficiencies.

Here are common problems from mineral deficiencies

Your cattle might have these symptoms, but it won't tell you which minerals they lack.

Because so many minerals affect one another and because they affect some of the same bodily functions, mineral deficiencies cannot be diagnosed by symptoms.

Copper deficiency

Animals with copper deficiency do not grow as well as if they have adequate copper levels.

They have decreased immune function, therefore more sickness.

Haircoat color and condition is not a reliable indicator of copper problems.

Typical symptoms include:

  • Poor reproductive function
  • Suppressed immune function
  • Poor growth

Selenium deficiency

Selenium deficiencies affect the same body functions as selenium toxosis. Selenium in either excess or deficiency typically interferes with metabolic copper and zinc usage. Most commonly symptoms may include:

  • Immune function problems
  • Musculoskeletal issue such as growth rate
  • Reproductive problems
  • Direct interference with copper and zinc
  • White muscle disease
  • Sudden death

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin acquired by intake of green grass. It can be stockpiled in the body five to seven months. To some degree, it can be obtained from hay that was put up such that a green color is obvious.

It is an antioxidant that directly interacts with selenium proteins that also are antioxidants. Therefore symptoms are the same as for selenium deficiencies.

  • Poor growth rate
  • Weak calves
  • Poor immune function
  • White muscle disease
  • Sudden death

Vitamin A

Vitamin A also is a fat-soluble vitamin acquired by intake of green grass. It can be stockpiled in the body for a lesser amount of time than vitamin E. It is vital in the cellular function of the digestive tract, so without it you get resulting digestive disorders.

Common problems are:

  • Poor growth rate
  • Weak calves
  • Poor immune function
  • Poor digestive tract integrity
  • High susceptibility to diarrhea
  • Death

Read Value of fixing mineral deficiencies from previously.

Read fundamentals of supplementation story from previously.

Read Things you should understand about mineral testing from previously.

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