How Essential Are Trace Elements? Getting The Balance Right

Supplementing minerals at grass can be tricky, a quality bolus can ensure a steady daily intake of the minerals required. We share the options available for grazing and pre-calving

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Supplementing minerals at grass can be tricky; for example, buckets and licks are out of the question because they are very attractive to badgers!

There are a variety of trace element and vitamin supplements on the market but only a quality bolus can ensure a steady daily intake of the minerals required. Thanks to its 40 years of expertise, the Oligovet range of boluses from Vetalis provides a continuous and controlled release of trace elements and vitamins.

Grazing Period

Oligovet Super Grazing bolus provides the main trace elements (Copper, Zinc, Iodine, Cobalt and Selenium) required throughout the grazing period. These boluses are unique in that they offer 8 months (250 days) of controlled trace elements supply from a single bolus administration (animals > 400 kg) to give you peace of mind for the rest of the season!

A Super Grazing bolus for heifers (200kg to 400kg) with a 180-day length of action is also available.

Pre-Calving Period

Oligovet have a Dry Cow bolus suitable for beef and dairy cows with 90 days duration of action to cover the dry period and early lactation,
which should be administered two months before calving. Using this bolus will help you:

  • Reinforce the calf’s vitality
  • Decrease the risk of disease for the cow
  • Improve milk quality
  • Ensure a smooth transition period

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