An understanding of the more common NZ farming mineral deficiencies - Selenium, Copper, Cobalt, Iodine and Zinc - is beneficial for any farm manager.
Selenium and Copper are the two most common deficiencies seen on NZ Farms. These elements are absolutely essential to many body functions.
Both are powerful antioxidants in their own right. Without adequate levels of either of these two elements an animal is prone to a wide range of diseases and weight loss. Cobalt, iodine and zinc deficiencies are the next most common observed, again if lacking, an animal can suffer a range of symptoms.
Here’s an insight into the function of some key trace and macro elements:
Different situations - animal health, farm geographies, feeding plans and seasons - will require different mineral support. Combinations of minerals will interact differently. Dosing minerals incorrectly can impact the health of your farm animals.
Agvance work closely with vets throughout New Zealand to make sure you get the right advice for your unique situation.