Tracesure Cu/I is a ruminal bolus for cattle, providing slow release supplementation of copper, iodine, selenium and cobalt. Where dietary intake of copper, iodine, selenium or cobalt is low, or where utilization of iodine is depressed by forage goitrogens, or where forage has a high molybdenum content, the health and productivity of the animal may be improved by supplementation of these elements.
Low copper intake gives reduced growth, depressed immunity and poor reproductive performance this can lead to anemia, lameness and thin, scouring, even dying animals. Copper deficiency is caused by either low copper content (primary deficiency) or high molybdenum, iron or sulphur content (secondary deficiency) in forage.
Goitrogens are substances commonly present in brassicas (cabbage family), soya and in linseed meals, beet pulp and sometimes in pastures, which reduce the efficient utilisation of iodine in maintaining thyroid function. The thyroid gland produces hormones which control metabolism. Iodine deficient stock may suffer from reduced fertility (anoestrus, sub-oestrus), poor weight gain and general ill thrift, late abortion/stillbirth/perenatal mortality, reduced milk yield and quality, metabolic disorders as well as an increased susceptibility to infectious disease, scours, BRD and parasitism.
Selenium deficient stock may suffer from white muscle disease, increased still births and depressed fertility.
Cobalt deficient stock may have depressed appetites and/or show signs of general ill-thrift.
Tracesure Cu/I boluses release supplementary copper, iodine, selenium and cobalt for up to 6 months. The iodine, selenium and cobalt are released from the bolus by leaching, providing dietary supplementation. Spent boluses become large and fragile. They are eventually shed, intact or fragmented, by being regurgitated or excreted. A proportion of the administered copper oxide lodges in the abomasum of the treated animal. This provides a sustained-release source of copper for absorption from the gut. This steady supplementation ensures adequate copper status but avoids the sharp rises in copper levels which can be associated with copper toxicity.
Dosage and Administration
Tracesure Cu/I boluses are administered orally. Place the 2 boluses at the back of the mouth, beyond the hump of the tongue, using a suitable Animax Cattle dosing gun. To avoid injury, the dosing gun should be used carefully and without force. Always check that the animal swallows the boluses.
Animals weighing 200kg – 550kg = 1 application consisting of a green bolus and black bolus.
Animals weighing 550g and over = 2 applications consisting of a green bolus and black bolus.