High Calcium Fortification
As ethanol production demand increases throughout America, feedstuffs such as distillers dried grains, wet or dry gluten feeds and other by-products are more readily available to cattlemen. Wheat midds, a non-corn based by-product, is also readily available. These feeds contain high levels of phosphorus creating an increased demand for available calcium. Calcium interacts directly with phosphorus and Vitamin D. High levels of phosphorus impair calcium absorption and other complex macro and micro mineral interactions may occur.
Cattle need calcium for skeletal growth and milk production. From mid to late pregnancy, a bred cow’s requirement for calcium increases by 22% and after calving by an additional 40%. A deficiency can lead to “milk fever” around the time of calving particularly in high milk producing beef breeds. A greater incidence of calving difficulty, such as retained placenta and prolapsed uterus may also occur. Hi-Cal Mineral Supplement provides a high level of calcium to minimize calcium deficiencies. Hi-Cal Mineral Supplement does not contain any added phosphorous.