Concentrates and Minerals are usually known as supplements and include concentrated amounts of protein or energy.
Here at BBCF we provide only the best, and most natural sources for protein so that you can be guaranteed an excellent high quality output from your cattle.
Protein supplements, therefore, are produced from industrial activity materials such as cotton seed cake, soya bean meal or concentrated animal based by-products such as fish meal or dried blood. Energy supplements are also of the highest quality and are usually vegetable based such as barley grains, maize gluten, molasses, citrus pulp and more. BBCF checks the source, usage, and conditions of where the supplements are supplied and approve only those that meet the most stringent health and safety standards.
BBCF picks the best and most balanced mineral composition for its concentrates and checks the processing to ensure any alteration to chemical composition has been avoided. Maize gluten, for example, has a reversed calcium phosphorous ratio and unless extra calcium is introduced to balance the ration a mineral deficiency would result. You can rest assured; BBCF products come perfectly balanced with added attention to every aspect of preparation.
Tables are also available showing the chemical composition of various feed and it is by comparing these tables to the expected required production that a balanced ration or TMR can be calculated, once the availability and quality of fodder is known. BBCF continually strive to provide catered specific solutions and have developed software that can calculate the required inputs of supplements to balance local fodders such as burseem and sorghum. Mineral supplements fall into four basic categories including calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and salt. It is these major minerals, rather than the trace elements such as zinc, cobalt, Copper, and vitamins that cause problems if deficiencies occur.
10 lts of milk contains 49 grams cal and 45 grams of phosphorous a typical milking cow wt 350 kg requires 12 grams cal plus 15 grams phosphorous for her daily maintenance therefore the required daily intake for this cow would be 61 grams calcium and 60 grams phosphorous a 1:1 ratio. As most green fodder has a calcium to phosphorous ration of 2:1 extra phosphorous would need to be added to balance the diet as the cow would deplete her reserves in an endeavor to achieve the production required, and a possible fertility problem could occur.
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