Hoof Health for Feedlot & Cow Calf Producers

June 10, 2019


I was visiting with a producer last week and he quoted a phrase his mother told him, “Never complain about the rain, but you can complain about the mud all you want”. This year that saying couldn’t be more true for cattle producers. While feedlots are trying to keep their pens in the best condition possible, cow calf producers are facing similar issues. Do you take the risk of possibly damaging pastures in order to get pairs off the dry lots and save money by not having to start the tractor and mix feed every day or do you wait?  Sometimes the right decision is “as clear as mud”.

Besides land and money factors, wet conditions can cause other issues as well. Mud and wet conditions over prolonged amounts of time can cause hoof health issues for all cattle. Correctly identifying early signs of lameness and diagnosing can be a challenge. For a producer to maximize productivity, they need healthy cattle.  At Central Valley Ag, we help producers meet this challenge by offering performance trace minerals from Zinpro such as Availa 4.
 
Zinpro is an organic trace mineral company known worldwide for their expertise in bovine and swine foot health. Trace minerals are required in small amounts and an example of a few are Zinc, Copper, Cobalt, Manganese, Selenium, and Iodine. Two of the most common cases of lameness are foot rot and toe abscesses. Foot rot is an infection between the toes that has a foul smell where a toe abscess is an abrasion in the toe leading to infection in the hoof. This condition is painful and normally has no swelling.  Zinpro developed a Step-Up locomotion scoring system to help detect early signs of hoof disorders. This system uses a 0-3 scale to rate severity with 0 being normal and 3 severe lameness. Work with your veterinarian to determine a treatment program if a lameness is suspected.
 
Central Valley Ag has access to Zinpro products, and our most commonly used mineral is Availa 4. Availa 4 contains zinc, cobalt, copper and manganese. These trace minerals are required for immunity, reproduction, skin and hoof integrity, growth and muscle development, milk production, fiber digestion, and energy. When fed in a proper balance, animals can cope better with stress. Availa 4 comes in a variety of options in either bags or tubs and can be combined with hi mag or fly control. For any questions about hoof health or products from Zinpro such as Availa 4, contact your local CVA feed sales specialist.
 
by Brandi Salestrom
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