Many beef producers struggle to deliver important minerals and vitamins to their cattle. Be it restrictions on putting out loose mineral; intake variability from cow to cow; competition at the feeder; or waste from weather loss or spillage, one thing is certain — it’s impossible to guarantee every animal is receiving the minerals they need. Until now.
New Reloader 250 Mineral Bolus from Cargill Animal Nutrition is the sure-shot approach to delivering essential trace minerals and vitamins to cattle across the U.S.
“From coast to coast, producers regularly deal with barriers to mineral supplementation,” said Dr. Bryan McMurry, beef marketing specialist. “Reloader 250 is an innovative tool to deliver important nutrients where those barriers exist.”
The Reloader 250 Mineral Bolus provides six essential trace minerals and three vitamins. Administered orally via a balling gun applicator, the bolus is retained in the reticulum where the timed release technology lasts for 250 days.
“The trace minerals and vitamins in Reloader 250 are critical to a variety of cattle functions from reproductive and calf health to growth, metabolism and immunity,” said Dr. Dusty Abney, beef technical specialist at Cargill Animal Nutrition. “We are excited to offer producers another means for delivering these minerals and vitamins to their cattle.”
It is recommended that Reloader 250 be administered after the early lactation period. This ensures trace mineral delivery via the bolus until approximately 30 days prior to calving.
“A cow’s trace mineral requirements are highest during early lactation,” Abney said. “A complete mineral program in which Reloader 250 is administered after early lactation, followed by supplementation with a high-quality, free-choice mineral 30 days prior to calving and through early lactation, is the best approach to meet a cow’s requirements and optimize her performance in many production scenarios.”
Reloader 250 is available for purchase online at www.ReloaderBolus.com or through local Nutrena dealers and Vigortone representatives. There are 20- and 40-count boxes available and producers should administer one Reloader 250 bolus per 440 lb., not to exceed two boluses per head every 250 days. Boluses should be administered by trained personnel, such as a veterinarian or others with significant cattle handling expertise.