Grain feeding lambs and weaners also presents animal health issues:
Acidosis (grain poisoning): Clinical and Sub-Clinical
Cereal grains contain a very good source of energy, starch.
But diets high in starch can increase the acidity of the rumen and lead to acidosis, which in the worst cases leads to death.
The symptoms of acidosis include scouring, abdominal pain, sluggishness, bloated or dehydrated appearance and an arching of the back.
However, it is the acidosis that you don’t see (subclinical) that may be restricting growth rates because the rumen is not operating efficiently.
All Nutrimax products contain Acid Buf® which will reduce the risk of acidosis.
The intensive nature of some feedlotting operations can increase the risk of coccidiosis. Once an animal is infected it can spread quickly through the flock. It is better to prevent infection rather than to cure it, as once it occurs it damages the lining of the rumen and affects nutritional intake.
All Nutrimax products contain Bovatec® that helps control coccidiosis.
Urinary Calculi (bladder stones)
Bladder stones can occur where diets are low in calcium relative to phosphorus. When a bladder stone occurs it can block the lamb’s urinary tract, causing a retention of urine that leads to discomfort and depression meaning the animal will go off feed and can further develop into a rupture and result in death.
The recommended balance of calcium to phosphorus is 2:1.
Cereal grains contain very low levels of calcium and relatively high levels of phosphorus (see Graph 3).
Nutrimax products contain good levels of calcium that help offset this imbalance and also includes ammonium salts for added protection.