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The first line of defense for preventing foodborne illness is maintaining a strong epithelial barrier. Learn more about how enhancing epithelial integrity can reduce food safety issues in your poultry flock.
Losing transition cows can be very costly for a dairy producer, especially in cases of involuntary culling. Learn about the retention payoff and how it can optimize voluntary culling on your dairy operation.
Bacterial chondronecrosis and osteomyelitis (BCO) is the most common cause of lameness in poultry around the world. Learn how improving epithelial integrity is the first line of defense against this infectious condition.
Vaccines are critical for producing antibodies and protecting beef cattle from future infections. Learn how to maximize the vaccine response with performance trace minerals.
You don’t have to sacrifice bird performance to achieve sustainable poultry production. Learn how performance trace minerals can improve breast meat yield while lowering the impact on the environment.
Immunomodulation, or the ability to self-regulate an inflammatory response, can have major impacts on poultry performance. Learn how including performance trace minerals in your poultry nutrition program can improve immune competence.
A healthier broiler breeder flock has a direct impact on profitability. And a healthier flock starts with essential trace minerals from Zinpro.
Manganese is critical for overall dairy cow health, but the NRC recommendations for supplementation are not enough to optimize production. Learn how manganese from performance trace minerals can reduce milk fever and improve dairy cow performance.
Zinc is a critical nutritional component in shrimp production but replacing fish meal in aquaculture diets may be reducing zinc content and availability. Explore the ways that including performance trace minerals in your shrimp nutrition program can improve growth, production and health status, and help shrimp farmers produce a better final product.
Mastitis and elevated somatic cell count will utilize high amounts of glucose that could have otherwise been used to improve milk production and reproduction as well as reduce lameness. Learn more.
Pinkeye is a painful condition for beef cattle and can lead to steep reductions in weaning weight. Learn how vaccines, treatments and trace minerals play a role in preventing this bacterial infection of the eye.
Healthy sows breed healthy piglets. Learn how performance trace mineral nutrition and good management can reduce sow and piglet mortality and, therefore, improve productivity and profitability for your swine operation.
The transition period is a critical and high-risk time for dairy cows. How we manage this period can have major ramifications on milk production and reproduction. Check out these transition cow management tips.
The direct and indirect costs of sow mortality can add up in a hurry for a swine producer. Learn how performance trace minerals can reduce sow mortality rates, therefore improving profitability in your operation.
Weaning stress can cause a decrease in feed intake, eventually leading to weaker immune function and reduced feedlot production. Learn how a preconditioning program can help your calves overcome weaning stress and improve their ability to fight immune challenges.
When epithelial integrity is compromised performance is usually affected, but it can lead to further issues related to bacterial chondronecrosis and osteomyelitis (BCO), increases in carcass condemnations and food-borne illness in poultry. Learn how you can boost epithelial integrity with good management and performance trace mineral nutrition.
Good trace mineral nutrition is key to preventing viral infections and stopping viruses from replicating. Learn why performance trace minerals are better at improving immune function than inorganic sources.
Trace mineral nutrition plays an important role in preventing viral infections and in the immune response if an animal does become infected. Discover how trace minerals can help prevent virus replication in animals.
Once an animal’s immune system recognizes a virus in the body, it starts an inflammatory response to kill the virus. Learn how the immune system works to protect animals from viral infections.
When viruses infect animals, it can affect growth, performance, reproduction and even lead to death. Learn more about how viruses work and how they can be controlled with vaccines, medications and enhanced biosecurity.
A good exercise regimen is important, but good nutrition is even more important for improving performance in equine athletes. Check out these basic components of an equine nutrition program and learn the roles they play in helping your horses perform at the highest level.
Heat stress can have negative consequences on dairy cow performance during the summer, but did you know that it can also lead to lameness later on? Learn how an effective heat stress management program can help prevent lameness from occurring in the fall.
Correctly diagnosing the specific types of lameness in cattle in the feedlot is key to implementing the correct course of treatment and developing a prevention program. Learn how the beef cattle lameness decision tree can help you correctly identify beef cattle hoof lesions.
As no antibiotics ever (NAE) poultry production systems continue to grow, infectious challenges can be made worse if poultry producers don’t have consistent management practices and a quality nutrition program in place. Learn how performance trace minerals can improve poultry gut health as producers reduce their use of antibiotics.
Hoof health records are oftentimes not systematically kept on dairy operations but can be the key to reducing dairy cow lameness. Learn how keeping hoof health records can help you mitigate cow hoof problems.
The bacteria that cause enteric infections in nursery pigs are endemic and can be found in almost every pig barn. Learn how improving your swine nutrition with performance trace minerals can help mitigate the negative effects of enteric infections and improve swine gut health.
Past research shows that performance trace minerals improve overall beef cattle reproduction success. Discover how supplementing beef cattle nutrition with Availa®4 helps improve embryonic survival in heifers.
The Perfect Carcass® Tool is an added service specially for Zinpro customers. Learn how the tool, along with performance trace minerals, improves your poultry production operation.
Performance trace minerals help animal producers keep sustainability and animal wellness at the forefront while still maintaining a profitable operation. Learn how Zinpro Performance Minerals® are more absorbable than inorganic and organic trace minerals and are a category of one.
Digestive problems in dogs and cats can be mild or severe, causing a wide range of different symptoms in your pet. Learn how to identify digestive upsets in cats and dogs and how to reduce them by strengthening the gastrointestinal tract.
Fish are exposed to a variety of mechanical and environmental stressors that may reduce skin integrity and weaken epithelial tissue. Explore how performance trace minerals can improve skin integrity and ward off diseases in aquaculture production.
Supplementing shrimp and fish feeds with performance trace minerals contributes to more efficient and sustainable aquaculture production. Learn more in this blog post.
Footpad dermatitis in poultry is a common problem in the poultry industry and can lead to infections and pain that reduce growth and production. Learn how proper management and performance trace minerals can help control footpad dermatitis on your poultry operation.
It’s important for beef and dairy producers to keep records of digital dermatitis lesions on their operations to improve their management of the disease. Learn how the DD Check App enables you to identify and record lesions and predict outbreaks to make informed decisions for preventing the spread of digital dermatitis.
Calves are essentially born without a functioning immune system and need high-quality colostrum to defend against disease and infection during the first three to four weeks of life. Discover how the five Qs of colostrum management can help calves achieve passive transfer of immunity.
Environmental factors like high stocking density and water quality can cause stress in aquaculture production and hinder performance and well-being. Discover how formulating an aquaculture nutrition program with performance trace minerals can improve the ability of fish and shrimp to rapidly recover from stress.
Zinc amino acid complex has been shown to improve growth and sea lice resistance in Atlantic salmon, without using antibiotics or other drugs. Learn more in this blog post.
We have long been providing scientific proof that performance trace minerals outperform inorganic and other organic sources in animal production. In 2019, we published our 250th peer-reviewed trace mineral research paper. See why peer-reviewed research is important to us.
Use these guidelines to ensure your dairy cattle nutrition plan provides high-quality water for your herd. Learn more in this blog post.
Avian influenza is very contagious and can rapidly infect poultry operations around the world. The disease can be controlled with vaccines, proper biosecurity measures and mitigated with performance trace minerals. Learn more from Dr. Kateri Bertran Dols from Agrifood Research and Technology.
Improving intestinal health and controlling Salmonella are critical parts of poultry production. Learn how you can control Salmonella with vaccines by reducing necrotic enteritis in chickens and with performance trace minerals.
Aquaculture nutrition standards have changed as the industry works to reduce the amount of fish meal and fish oil in farmed fish and shrimp diets. Learn how performance trace minerals can improve growth and production and contribute to a sustainable aquaculture industry.
BCO lameness in chickens affects about 1.5% of all broilers grown to yield weights, and epidemic outbreaks can affect more than 15% of a flock. Dr. Adnan Alrubaye from the University of Arkansas explains how performance trace minerals strengthen tight junctions and reduce the incidence of lameness in poultry flocks.
Inspecting your pet’s paw pads seasonally is good practice to ensure their paw pads are healthy. Learn more, plus the benefits of trace minerals, in this blog post.
What are the right minerals for horses? Read this blog post and learn more about horse nutrition requirements to help them decrease oxidative stress to recover faster and more completely.
Precision dairy farming utilizes the latest technology to help dairy producers make important decisions about their cows’ health and their dairy cattle nutrition programs. Check out these four precision dairy farming technologies that are changing the way we collect data in the dairy industry.
What you feed your aging pets impacts their mental state. Feeding them foods high in omega-3 fatty acids and zinc will help them stay more focused and alert. Learn more about the benefits of trace minerals in this blog post.
There are so many good options, and so many opinions, about pet food that it can become confusing to pet parents. Learn what to look for in pet food and supplements to improve your pet’s health and well-being.
Necrotic enteritis in chickens is one of the most common diseases in the poultry industry and can lead to slower growth and a sharp increase in mortality. Learn how performance trace minerals can help defend birds against necrotic enteritis by improving their immune response.
Read about the benefits of performance trace minerals for aging cats and dogs and how keeping pets active, feeding them appropriately throughout their different life stages, and helping them maintain a healthy body weight through nutritional intervention will reduce inflammation in dogs and cats and improve their chances for a longer, healthier life.
Reproductive failure and sow lameness are the two leading causes of gilts and early parity sows being culled from the herd. Discover how feeding performance trace minerals can help reduce the incidence of lameness and help boost reproduction rates in your sow herd.
A beef cattle backgrounding program can help calves mitigate many stressors and other potential health issues. Discover how a successful backgrounding program with performance trace minerals can lead to further success in the feedlot.
Chronic inflammation in cats and dogs can lead to canine atopic dermatitis, joint and skeleton issues, reduced paw pad integrity and other issues as well. Learn how performance trace minerals can control inflammation and keep your cats and dogs happy and healthy.
Performance trace minerals, as part of a dog’s nutritional needs, can help manage canine skin allergies and dog skin lesions.
Providing your horses with adequate water is only the first step. Learn how to ensure your horses are getting clean, quality water to keep them active and healthy.
Foot rot in beef cattle can lead to reduced feed intake and a subsequent decrease in growth and performance, as well as an increase in days on feed. Learn how to tell foot rot from digital dermatitis and how to minimize its impact with performance trace minerals.
Water is second only to air in importance as a nutrient critical to life. These tips can help ensure your horses get the water they need each day to stay healthy. Learn more.
High somatic cell counts, often accompanied by mastitis, can lower milk yield and milk quality on your dairy operation. Learn how performance trace minerals can help reduce somatic cell counts and minimize mastitis in dairy cows.
Reproduction and lactation in sows require huge energy and nutrient resources. Studies show the right kind and quantity of trace minerals help safeguard swine reproductive processes even when affected by lameness and heat stress.
Bulls may only account for 5% of your beef herd, but they account for 50% of the breeding equation and need special attention during the offseason. Discover how supplementing performance trace minerals can reduce cattle hoof problems and improve beef cattle reproduction.
Improving chick quality starts with improving hatchability. Improving hatchability starts with good eggshell quality. Discover how performance trace minerals can improve eggshell quality and help produce higher-quality chicks.
Water accounts for 98 percent of all molecules in the body and between 50 and 81 percent of an animal’s total body weight at maturity. When an animal becomes dehydrated, it can create costly production challenges on your livestock or poultry operation.
Housing technology in the poultry industry can help mitigate the negative impacts of heat stress during the hot summer months. In regions where the heat can overpower your cooling systems, increasing your supplementation levels of performance trace minerals can keep birds comfortable and productive.
Enteric bacterial infections can be found almost anywhere in a pig barn. Learn how supplementing your swine feeding and nutrition program with performance trace minerals can improve a pig’s ability to mount a rapid and robust immune response to reduce the severity of such infections.
Many beef cattle producers consider performance trace minerals to be a breeding mineral, but year-round supplementation is crucial for optimal performance throughout an animal’s life. Learn how feeding Zinpro Performance Minerals® prior to weaning improves feed intake and kickstarts feedlot performance.
Feed efficiency determines your dairy operation’s profitability, and it’s important to make sure you are getting an accurate measurement. Learn how to accurately measure feed efficiency and how it can be improved by supplementing performance trace minerals.
During pregnancy, a foal will mine nutrients from the mare for their own development. Learn how supplementing a pregnant mare’s horse nutrition plan with performance trace minerals can fuel a foal’s growth and development while continuing to meet the needs of the mare.
Preventing heat stress on a dairy operation can prevent cows from becoming lame, which will lead to better cow reproduction performance and higher milk production efficiency. Here are five steps you can take to decrease heat stress on a dairy operation.
Heat stress causes an estimated $900 million per year in swine production and finishing losses due to a condition called leaky gut, which causes inflammation. Discover how trace minerals can help mitigate the effect of heat stress that causes decreased animal performance and a leaky gut.
What’s really the difference between a field trial and peer-reviewed research in determining trace mineral benefits? Field trials use observation and a level of assumption where many variables are at play. Peer-reviewed research uses scientific methods that seek to control sources of variation to allow for reliable conclusions to be made.
A recent analysis revealed an average sow replacement rate of 53% with the majority of these replacements occurring in the first parity. Sow longevity is complex and influenced by many factors. Learn four steps you can take to optimize your sow retention and longevity and help your sows reach their economic potential.
Savvy producers are using trace minerals to boost animal immunity in antibiotic-free production systems. Learn more about this vital trace mineral research and how zinc, manganese and copper should be part of your antibiotic-free production program.
Eighty-six percent of sows are culled due to reproductive failures — it’s the number one reason producers cull sows. But what are the underlying factors for these reproductive issues? Learn how seasonal infertility and heat stress may be the culprit to your herd reproductive failures.
What are inorganic, organic and performance trace minerals, and how do they impact the health of livestock? Get a breakdown of trace mineral benefits, signs of deficiency and how not all mineral supplements are created equal.
The principle components of sow productivity are litter size and non-productive days. Learn how performance trace minerals from Availa®Sow and Availa®Cr improve swine reproduction by producing heavier litters and reducing the number of non-productive days when supplemented in gestation and lactation sow and gilt diets.
Poultry producers are investing in trace minerals to produce healthy, stress-resistant birds and capitalize on the small-but-growing market of meat raised without antibiotics. Learn how performance trace minerals such as zinc, manganese and copper, are an essential component to a successful antibiotic-free production system.
Swine producers are asking more of their lactating sows, including weaning more and heavier piglets while preparing for the next reproduction cycle. Feeding performance trace minerals to sows during gestation and lactation can increase milk production, improve colostrum production, and help them wean heavier and more robust piglets.
Digital dermatitis creates an economic cost in the beef feedlot, because the disease reduces cattle mobility and ability to get to the feed bunk regularly. Those losses are measured by decreases in market weight and hot carcass weight. You can reduce the incidence of digital dermatitis and the cost of treating the disease by using a specially formulated trace mineral program that works internally to enhance the animal’s health.
Including performance trace minerals in poultry nutrition and feeding programs helps improve animal wellness and performance at every life stage: hatch, growth, production and breeding. Learn how Zinpro Lifetime Performance® helps improve chick quality, carcass quality, breast meat yield and breeding performance.
Heat stress in animals can lead to production challenges like leaky gut and lameness as well as reduced milk production, growth and poor reproduction performance. Learn about the production challenges from heat stress and how performance trace minerals improve heat stress management.
Did you know that the effects of heat stress are perceived earlier in poultry than in other animals because their productive life is much shorter? We share why heat stress management is critical and how performance trace minerals can help.
It’s time to revisit the costs of lameness in the beef feedlot. While lameness in cattle is not a new issue, researchers are seeing an increase in feedlot lameness due to digital dermatitis, rather than foot rot, which is the usual culprit. Read about how you can recognize digital dermatitis, what it may be costing you, and solutions for prevention.
The first 24 to 48 hours after weaning can be a stressful time for nursery pigs. In many cases, they will not consume any feed during this time. Supplementing swine nutrition and feeding programs by adding zinc from TruCare®LQ Zn to their drinking water can improve nursery pig growth and the pig immune system.
Although animal lameness can be caused by several different factors, its negative impact on animal health, productivity and profitability grows as lameness increases. By regularly using locomotion scoring to understand lameness in dairy cows, beef cattle or swine, you are taking the first step to establishing an effective lameness-reduction program.
Supplementing your livestock and poultry nutrition plan with selenium reduces oxidative stress and provides a more rapid and robust immune response. Learn why Availa®Se is the most stable and soluble selenium source on the market.
While water scarcity can be a real problem, water quality issues, such as bacterial contamination, can also cause challenges on your livestock and poultry operations. Learn more about why you should conduct water tests and how Zinpro can help you analyze the results and create a custom action plan.
Digital dermatitis spreads rapidly once introduced into a herd of dairy cows and a high prevalence is often observed in those herds. Learn more about how performance trace minerals can help control digital dermatitis in heifers and decrease the animal’s risk of being infected during first lactation.
To truly thrive, beef cattle need optimum trace mineral nutrition at every production stage. Learn how Zinpro Lifetime Performance® can improve productive performance through the birth, growth, production and reproduction stages.
Poor water quality on a livestock or poultry operation can lead to decreased water consumption and reduced feed intake, ultimately having a negative impact on growth, production and reproduction. Check out these four tips for keeping your livestock water trough and water lines clean and your animals’ water fresh.
Lameness can have a significant impact on dairy cattle reproductive performance. Detecting lameness early can help improve dairy cow reproduction and reduce the risk of culling. Learn about the many benefits of early lameness detection and find out how performance trace minerals play a part in managing lameness.
The use of in vitro fertilization is growing in the beef industry. A major challenge of beef cattle reproduction and in vitro fertilization is that as much as 70% of all pregnancy loss occurs within the first 45 days of gestation. Donor cows fed performance trace minerals are 75% more likely to produce an embryo that can be transferred to a recipient compared to the cows fed inorganic trace minerals, increasing IVF embryo production efficiency. Learn more.
Infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) is linked to delayed weight gain and increased mortality when complicated with other infections on poultry operations. Learn how effective management strategies and feeding performance trace minerals can help birds respond to IBV more quickly and mitigate its negative impact.
Bovine respiratory disease can have a major negative economic impact on your beef cattle operation. Learn how performance trace minerals and proper management can reduce the incidence and severity of BRD and can minimize its effect on your bottom line.
Infectious bronchitis virus is always changing by recombination and spontaneous mutation. Learn how performance trace minerals can help increase the effectiveness of your vaccination program and reduce IBV on your poultry operation.
Bovine respiratory disease costs the beef cattle industry $800 million to $900 million USD in annually losses. Learn how beef producers can reduce the incidence of bovine respiratory disease with proper management and trace mineral nutrition.
Copper is an essential nutrient required for numerous biological functions, but it’s also possible to have too much of a good thing. Learn how to ensure you’re meeting your dairy cattle nutritional requirements for copper while also avoiding the consequences of over-supplementation, particularly long-term.
At Zinpro, we believe we have an environmental, social and economic responsibility to work toward sustainability in all we do. Our goal is to improve animal wellness, which contributes to increased food production while also reducing demands on our planet’s natural resources. Learn more about the steps we are taking to protect our world for future generations.
Mycotoxins in poultry feed can lead to reduced growth, decreased reproductive performance and increased susceptibility to disease and infections. Learn how you can identify mycotoxins in your poultry operation and how to manage their negative effects.
Including performance trace minerals in dairy nutrition programs helps improve animal wellness and performance at every life stage: birth, growth, production and reproduction. Learn how Zinpro Lifetime Performance® for dairy can help improve growth, decrease lameness, increase milk production and improve reproduction on your dairy operation.
Feeding performance trace minerals provides opportunities to improve beef nutrition and feeding throughout every production stage, ultimately helping beef cattle reach their full potential. Learn more about Zinpro Lifetime Performance® for beef.
Mycotoxins are known to have negative health and production effects on livestock and poultry animals and cost the livestock industry more than $466 million USD to mitigate each year. Learn how to effectively manage mycotoxin contamination in your feedstuffs, while also ensuring animals receive the optimum trace mineral nutrition they need to reach their genetic potential.
Zinpro has been committed to trace mineral nutrition for the livestock industry since 1971. Learn how feeding performance trace minerals helps decrease the incidence of foot rot in cattle, improve beef cow reproduction and increase calf weaning weight when included in beef cattle nutrition programs.
Including performance trace minerals in swine nutrition programs helps improve animal wellness and performance at every life stage: birth, growth, production and reproduction. Learn how Zinpro Lifetime Performance® for swine can help improve intestinal integrity and growth performance, as well as improve the animal’s reproductive performance.
Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis Virus (IBRV) and chronic inflammation can hinder beef cattle production. Learn how including performance trace minerals can improve body weight and dry matter intake in feedlot cattle.
Proper wagon maintenance and mixing can ensure that you are getting a consistent feed mix and maximizing the effects of adding performance trace minerals to your dairy cattle nutrition program. Keeping your mixer wagon well-maintained and following proper mixing procedures are essential to getting the best mix. Learn how to get the best results from your mixer wagon.
When first-calf beef heifers are not bred back in a timely manner, this can negatively affect their reproduction cycle for a lifetime. Learn about the cascading effects of late breeding.
Zinpro has launched a global campaign to increase livestock and poultry producer awareness and understanding of inflammation and its link to common production challenges, as well as what preventative steps can be taken to help manage chronic inflammation. Learn why this is an important issue and the steps you can take to manage inflammation to help minimize its impact on livestock and poultry production challenges.
Cooling systems are important to help combat the impact of heat stress on your swine herd. Learn how nutritional strategies, including feeding performance trace minerals such as Availa®Zn, can also help mitigate the effects of heat stress and a condition called leaky gut.
Beef heifers that don’t successfully breed during their first breeding season often struggle during their second and subsequent seasons. Follow these four strategies for a successful first and second breeding.
Annual sow replacement rates are around 45 percent in the United States, but many swine producers are losing out on earning income due to early sow replacement. Learn about how much replacing 10 percent too many sows can cost your pork operation each year.
High meat yield and lower feed conversion rates are vital in today’s poultry production systems. Learn how feeding performance trace minerals can economically improve bird performance and generate a healthy return on investment.
Learn how performance trace minerals can help limit the negative impacts of a fever and inflammation in beef cattle, helping the animal return to a normal state of production, more rapidly funneling nutrients to growth, reproduction and lactation.
A fever is a necessary change in body temperature during an inflammatory response, triggered to heal the body during an immune challenge. A fever, however, requires nutrients that would otherwise be dedicated to production and growth. Learn how performance trace minerals can help mitigate the negative effects of a fever.
A research study at Oregon State University shows that supplementing gestating beef cow diets with performance trace minerals from Availa®4 reduces the prevalence of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) and increases weaning weights of the offspring.
Did you know digital dermatitis can be found on 70 percent of all U.S. dairies and is also appearing in beef feedlots? In many ways, digital dermatitis is an intriguing disease. Read more about what we know and don’t know about this leading cause of lameness in cattle and how trace minerals can help reduce the prevalence severity of digital dermatitis infections that lead to cow hoof problems.
Bacteria found in infectious claw lesions thrive in moist, low-oxygen environments. Recent record-setting rainfall in the midwestern United States has led to more reported incidences of infectious claw lesions like digital dermatitis and foot rot in cattle. Learn how proper management strategies and Zinpro Performance Minerals® can help reduce the economic impact of digital dermatitis and foot rot on your dairy or beef operations.
Trimming pig hooves can help save pork producers time and boost a sow’s productivity on a pork production operation. Swine claw trimming is still a relatively new concept in the swine production industry, and there are many unanswered questions. Hear how Dr. Robert Dove answers some commonly asked questions about swine claw trimming.
Pig producers need to identify gilt replacements at least 20 weeks prior to needing the gilt for breeding, so thoughtful planning and gilt pool management is essential. You can optimize your gilt pool management success by focusing on our five essential tips.
Learn how supplementing poultry diets with zinc, from Zinpro Performance Minerals®, is helping poultry producers around the globe decrease skin scratches by enhancing skin integrity. This in turn helps reduce carcass defects and condemnation.
Is Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS) limiting your horse’s performance? Horses fed performance trace minerals had a significant reduction in ulcer scores. Learn more in this blog post.
Leaky gut can negatively impact animal growth, reproduction, feed efficiency, and meat, milk, or egg production. Learn more about leaky gut and its causes, the role zinc plays in strengthening the tight junctions between epithelial cells of the gastrointestinal tract, and how this can help mitigate the effects of leaky gut and inflammation.
With sows on a pork production operation being required to move more to access feed and water, hoof health and preventing lameness has become a key to boosting a sow’s productivity. Learn how trimming pig hooves and feeding performance trace minerals can prevent and manage lameness.
Antibiotic free animal production can pose challenges with higher mortality rates and a requirement to decrease stocking densities. By including trace minerals in your antibiotic-free chicken, layer, swine and beef operation, you can help fortify an animal’s immune system and its ability to fight disease.
Antibiotic-free animal production systems are becoming more prevalent as consumer demand grows for meat raised without antibiotics. Learn how feeding performance trace minerals in your antibiotic-free animal production system helps support a more robust initial immune response in animals.
Inflammation is necessary for life and is the first step in the healing or repair process, helping the body fight off infections. When inflammation becomes chronic, however, it can become a problem for animals. Discover how inflammation impacts animals and why you should be concerned.
Learn how performance trace minerals can help limit the negative impacts of a fever and inflammation in poultry, helping the birds return to a normal state of production, more rapidly funneling nutrients to animal performance including growth and egg production.
Except for oxygen, water is the single most important nutrient for livestock. Poor quality water can affect dairy cattle productivity and overall health. Learn how to identify the signs of low-quality water and improve water quality for cattle.
Zinpro has introduced a guide to help beef and dairy cattle producers identify, prevent and manage cattle hoof problems. The book – Cattle Lameness – Identification, Prevention and Control of Claw Lesions – produced by Zinpro provides beef and dairy producers with a step-by-step guide to identify, prevent and control hoof issues in their herd.
Zinpro has conducted extensive research into swine lameness and developed tools like the Feet First® Program to help swine operations better identify, prevent and manage swine lameness. We’ve also developed nutritional technologies like Availa®Sow to help mitigate this issue. Watch this video to learn how lameness may impact your entire production system and steps you can take to manage this challenge in your herd.
Genetics play a key role in meat quality, but so does nutrition. The quality of feed and feed supplements can have a significant impact on meat quality. Learn how performance trace minerals can help enhance meat quality, resulting in a better consumer experience.
Digital dermatitis, often referred to as hairy heel warts, can lead to lameness, which has a proven negative impact on milk production and reproductive health and can result in early culling. Use this guide for detection and management of this prevalent infectious foot disease.
Footbath design, location and management are all important considerations to help prevent and control costly cow hoof problems caused by infectious hoof diseases, such as digital dermatitis. Learn how to ensure your dairy footbath program is working effectively.
Did you know 10 percent of your dairy cows may not make it through the transition period successfully? This can have a significant impact on animal performance and herd profitability, but there are several enhanced management and dairy cattle nutrition strategies including trace minerals that can help. Check out this list of management strategies to help enhance your transition cow success rate.
Lameness can impact the productivity of your cattle operation in terms of average daily gain, feed efficiency and reproduction. Learn how early detection is vital and how the Step-Up® Management Program and locomotion scoring can help beef producers with early detection.
Dr. Dan Thomson with Kansas State University encourages cattle producers to be on the lookout for signs of lameness in their operations. Just because you may not see lameness in your cattle, it doesn’t mean there aren’t issues. He recommends consistent locomotion scoring of your cattle to identify symptoms of hoof health challenges before they become an issue. Dr. Thomson was instrumental in the development of the Step-Up® Lameness Prevention and Management Program in conjunction with Zinpro Corporation.
Zinpro has established two programs to help beef and dairy producers assess, diagnose and prevent lameness: the Step-Up® Program and the First Step® Program. In this video, Dr. Mike Socha and Dr. Connie Larson, Zinpro Corporation, provide an overview of how the combination of management practices and Zinpro Performance Minerals® can help improve hoof health in your herd.
This video shows how trimming pig hooves can help improve sow gait and locomotion. Dr. Robert Dove with the University of Georgia talks about how to prevent lameness and shares highlights from his research into claw trimming.
Lameness is a primary reason for lost productivity and culling of sows and gilts from the herd. Trimming sow and gilt claws can help prevent lameness. The Feet First Chute® available from Zinpro Corporation provides an easy, safe and low-stress way to lift sows and gilts in order to inspect and trim their feet.
This video discusses the ideal on-farm conditions required for infectious foot diseases to occur, and what a dairy hoof health records study reveals about the impact of seasonality on disease prevalence.
Dr. Terry Ward shares insights into why Zinpro Corporation believes the rigorous scrutiny of peer-reviewed trace mineral research is vital to the effective development and validation of trace mineral performance.
Discover how feeding performance trace minerals can help to significantly decrease skin scratches and skin lesions, while also improving foot pad quality in poultry.
Testing your cows’ drinking water is critical in order to make sure that the water is clean and safe for consumption, however ensuring your cows have easy access to drinking water is actually equally as important. Discover how testing your water and keeping your cows’ water supply clean and safe can boost production and avoid cow reproduction problems.
Salmonella and food safety continue to be a concern in the poultry industry and increasing intestinal strength and proper sanitation practices during production can help control the spread of Salmonella. Discover how feeding performance trace minerals as part of a poultry nutrition program can help control Salmonella Typhimurium in poultry.
With recent restrictions on antibiotic use in animal production, intestinal inflammation is on the rise in poultry operations, leading to reduced productivity and higher mortality rates. Learn more about this new trend and how supplementing poultry diets with zinc from performance trace minerals can help mitigate its effects.
Animals rely on strong epithelial tissue with tight junctions to stop pathogens, bacteria and toxins from entering the blood stream which leads to health problems and associated inflammation. Learn how feeding zinc from Zinpro Performance Minerals® can help maintain epithelial integrity and improve skin, gut and claw integrity.
Raising dairy replacements is an important part of a successful dairy operation. However, contracting digital dermatitis as a heifer can become a life sentence, hindering dairy heifer development, impacting milk production and reproductive performance during first lactation. Learn how performance trace minerals can help you manage digital dermatitis and enhance the success of your dairy heifer development program.
Longer calving intervals and lower pregnancy rates will cause a beef cow to be less profitable. Feeding cows performance trace minerals will help improve beef cattle reproduction performance and make a beef cattle operation more profitable in the long run. Learn more about how Availa®4 can help increase pregnancy rates and decrease the calving interval in beef cattle.
Is intestinal inflammation impacting the performance of your poultry operation? Read this article to learn more and discover how feeding performance trace minerals ensures nutrients are being used for growth and muscle development instead of fighting an inflammation challenge.
Dairy cow nutrition during the transition period can have a strong impact on milk production, milk quality, reproduction and lameness during the subsequent lactation. Proper transition cow nutrition, including trace minerals, can help decrease post-calving problems. Discover five key nutritional needs that are critical for transition cow success.
The prevention and control of digital dermatitis — a common infectious foot disease in cattle also known as “Hairy Heel Warts” — is an important issue in the dairy and beef cattle industries. Dr. Dörte Döpfer with the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine is one of the world’s most recognized experts on digital dermatitis. She shares insight into how producers can better manage digital dermatitis in their operations.
Calving creates inflammation in the dairy cow reproductive system. Making sure the cow works through inflammation quickly will provide a payback in increased milk yield and readiness for pregnancy. Learn how to prevent acute inflammation from turning into chronic inflammation.
Joint inflammation is a significant issue in performance horses impacting their overall wellness. Including trace minerals in your equine nutrition feeding plan can help limit horse lameness and promote a more rapid recovery.
Performance trace minerals, like Availa®Cr chromium methionine, can help mitigate the effect of heat stress in poultry operations by lower corticosterone levels, which results in calmer animal behavior. This allows chickens to maintain feed intake and growth during periods of heat stress.
Sow lameness has contributed to rising sow mortality rates over the last five years. Research shows that performance trace minerals like Availa®Sow, as well as resources from the Feet First® Swine Lameness Prevention Program can prevent sow lameness and help to reduce the sow mortality rate.
With sows being required to move more often in group housing, the need has increased for pork producers to focus more on sow hoof health and preventing lameness. Trimming pig hooves and feeding performance trace minerals are two components of the Feet First® Swine Lameness Prevention program. Learn more about what the Feet First program has to offer.
The average pre-wean mortality rate in the United States is around 16 percent with high variation, and opportunity for improvement. So, ensuring piglets develop strong gut health and a robust initial immune response during a challenge is vital for survival. Learn how feeding performance trace minerals to gestating sows can help improve gut health and help support a robust immune response in piglets.
When cows become lame their milk production and cow reproduction performance suffer, but what is the true cost of lameness in dairy cows? Explore the return on investment (ROI) of feeding trace minerals and how they can help manage lameness in your dairy operation.
Bacterial Chondronecrosis and Osteomyelitis is a leading cause of lameness in broilers typically affecting at least 1.5 percent of heavy broilers after 30 days of age. Learn more about this devasting disease and how poultry trace minerals can help prevent its spread.
Epithelial cells are the first line of defense against infections in poultry. Maintaining tight junctions and structural integrity of epithelial cells are critical to prevent leaky gut and decrease skin scratches on broilers. Discover how feeding Zinpro Performance Minerals can help manage common inflammation-related production challenges in poultry.
Piglet survival is a significant issue in the swine industry. While piglets born per litter has increased, piglets weaning per litter has not kept pace. Learn how performance trace minerals can help you increase the number of piglets weaned per litter and increase piglet weaning weights.