Accurate and effective trace element supplementation throughout the dry and transition period in dairy cows, can be achieved with the new All-Trace® Dry Cow bolus from Agrimin.

Annie Williams from Agrimin technical team said the new bolus had been launched in response to demand from farmers looking for something that would assist cattle during the transition period, especially in TMR-fed herds where boluses may not have been previously appropriate.

“It also incorporates our new mineral release technology which is the result of an extensive development project and ensures an enhanced controlled release of trace minerals over the life of the bolus compared to other eroding boluses," she said. "It helps avoid peaks and troughs in trace element status, which can have a negative effect on cow performance.”

Specifically formulated to meet the increased demand for trace elements in the dry and transition period, the bolus supplies copper, cobalt, iodine, manganese, selenium, zinc and vitamins A D3 and E, all of which are crucial in transition cows.

“Trace elements in the dry period are critical for calving ease, calf health and the avoidance of metabolic diseases. There is growing evidence that adequacy of trace element supply is linked to improved cow performance through lactation, better fertility and greater calf thrift.”

Bolusing can be easily carried out alongside other drying off routines and will provide a continuous supply of the required daily amount of minerals and vitamins for four months during the dry and transition periods.

“In the past, there wasn’t a bolus that specifically fitted the dry and transition period. Now farmers can use All-Trace® Dry Cow as an extension of the extensive range of boluses already on offer from Agrimin. The new bolus complements our existing range, meaning farmers can now be confident of cost-effective and accurate supplementation throughout the full production cycle,” Ms Williams comments.