Virbac New Zealand

Deficiencies of trace elements have a long history in New Zealand, with names like white muscle disease, bush sickness and peat scours part of farming folklore.

While we’ve traditionally focused on improving growth rates and milk production through supplementation, the focus is now on the less obvious (but equally important) gains in fertility and immunity that can be achieved.

There are times when the requirements for trace elements rapidly increase, often coinciding with reduced feed intake. When this occurs even well-supplemented herds can temporarily dip into a slight deficiency. These periods of high demand often lead to higher levels of disease, and sometimes short-term drops in production, growth or fertility. Calving, mating, weaning, transport or early life are all good examples of high-stress periods where demand increases.

Injectable trace elements provide rapid, targeted and sustained increases in animal levels, so are more suitable for use prior to a high demand period.

HIGH DEMAND PERIODS

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A UNIQUE 4-IN-1 INJECTION

The pioneer multiple trace element injection in New Zealand, MULTIMIN® is a unique concept of supplementation for cattle, used by farmers throughout the country.

Containing copper, selenium, zinc and manganese, it is designed to be administered to stock prior to high periods of demand, such as calving, weaning and mating.

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Contains the essential trace elements copper, selenium, zinc and manganese

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Safe and tissue friendly injection

rapid-absorbtion

Rapidly absorbed
Into blood: 8 hrs
Into liver: 24 hrs

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Scientifically proven in NZ conditions

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  • Reproduction/fertility
  • Healthy feet/hooves
  • Healthy skin/coat
  • Spermatogenesis
  • Cell division
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  • Reproduction/fertility
  • Reduced retained placenta
  • Disease resistance
  • Coat colour
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  • Reproduction/fertility
  • Reduced retained placenta
  • Disease resistance
  • Embryo survival
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  • Spermatogenesis
  • Reproduction/fertility
  • Embryo survival
  • Ovulation
  • Bone development

ENHANCING IMMUNITY

Trace elements are critical for immunity, and are used in large quantities when the body is under stress and the immune system is working harder.

Recent research in dairy calves on New Zealand farms has shown the potential immune effects of supplementing trace elements prior to a high demand period1.

The greatest benefit was seen from treating at birth, as the highest levels of disease occur in the first few weeks of life. Disease was reduced by 52%, and death rates dropped by 58% in calves treated with MULTIMIN®.

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IMPROVING FERTILITY

The reproductive system also uses many trace elements, with some of the roles only recently being disco vered.

For example, manganese protects the developing egg within the ovary, zinc helps to produce a healthy uterine lining and selenium is important for protecting a growing embryo.

A New Zealand study2 in adult dairy cows has shown the benefit of supplementing with MULTIMIN® prior to calving and mating, even where blood and liver testing has not identified a deficiency.

Treated cows had a 3.3% higher final in-calf rate, got in calf 3.4 days earlier on average and estimated ROI (at a $4.00/kgMS payout) was approximately 4:1.

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USING MULTIMIN®

DOSAGE & ADMINISTRATION*

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CALVES

UP TO 1 YEAR OLD

1 ml/50 kgUse at birth and weaning

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ADULT CATTLE

1-2 YEARS

1 ml/75 kgUse 4 weeks prior to mating & calving

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ADULT CATTLE

OVER 2 YEARS

1 ml/100 kgUse 4 weeks prior to mating & calvingUse in bulls 12 weeks before joining the herd

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DEER

ALL AGES

1 ml/100 kgUse prior to velveting, mating and weaning

Withholding periods

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MILK:

Nil

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MEAT:

Nil

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REFERENCES
  1. Bates, A.J., Wells, M., Laven, R.A., Simpson, M. (2018). Effect of an injectable trace mineral supplement containing selenium, copper, zinc, manganese and chromium on health, and growth of dairy calves on four pastural dairy farms in New Zealand. June 2018.
  2. Hawkins (2007). The Effect of Injectable Trace Elements (MULTIMIN®) on Health & Reproduction Parameters in NZ Dairy Herds; DCV Newsletter March 2007.
  • Not to be used concurrently with any other form of copper supplementation. Do not administer to animals suffering from liver disease, fascioliasis or which have been grazing on plants which may cause liver disease. Do not use at the same time as any other selenised fertiliser, prill, or product without consulting a veterinarian. Do not exceed the stated dose. Do not administer to emaciated animals of body condition score less than 3/10.
  • MULTIMIN® Plus Chromium. Registered pursuant to the ACVM Act 1997, Nos. A9374, A11601. MULTIMIN® is a registered trademark of Virbac New Zealand Limited. MULTIMIN® NZ Patent Number: 524848. Copyright © 2020 Virbac New Zealand Limited. All rights reserved.

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