A specially formulated mineral for Beef Cattle
Vital Nyama is a carefully balanced mineral supplement providing an excellent supply of essential minerals and trace elements for beef cattle. Forages are often deficient in trace elements, especially when dry. Physiological processes such as muscle, bone and hoof formation require a consistent supply of trace elements; supplementation of these elements will maximise growth and productivity. Rumen bacteria also need minerals to grow and cannot utilise the diet efficiently without them. This is important in beef cattle as improved rumen function allows for better feed intake and grass utilisation which leads to better weight gains in steers asnd also better fertility in heifers and cows.
Vital Nyama is formulated to combat mineral deficiencies that arise from a predominantly grass diet, specifically to balance East African forages. Kenyan forages do not provide the daily levels of minerals and trace elements required by the growing beef cow. These include minerals such as phosphorous, copper, zinc, iodine and selenium. These elements are critical in supporting health and immunity and in maximising growth rates to optimise the overall productivity of the beef animal. Kenyan forages also contain high levels of iron, often over twice the requirement of the animal. This is not a problem in itself but iron acts as an antagonist to copper absorption in the rumen, reducing the amount of copper available to the cow and inducing secondary copper deficiency. Because of this Vital Nyama contains no intentionally added iron and contains a mixture of three different copper sources in order to effectively combat this copper "lock-up".
Vital Nyama is an excellent supply of the these essential minerals and trace elements and the high quality ingredients will optimise growth of young animals and enhance reproductive performance in adult cattle. Copper and selenium in particular will support growth rates and immunity through all life stages, to provide a good finish to adult beef cattle. Vital Nyama is preferably mixed with feed or fed free choice at a minimum of 100 gm daily for cows, bulls and steers, 75 gm daily for heifers and 40 gm daily for calves.
Nutrition is one of the most critical elements in farming today. Farmers using improved genetics require better nutrition to achieve the full genetic potential in milk yield or growth potential.