A global vitamin shortage (particularly vitamin A & E) has set the feed industry on edge and is expected to continue well into 2018! As said by spokesperson for Nutreco's Animal Nutrition division, "BASF manufactures 45% of the global supply of citral, which is an essential precursor in the manufacture of vitamins A and E. Due to the recent fire that occurred at the BASF citral plant in Germany, force majeure was declared for all BASF citral and isoprenol based armoa ingredients. Subsequently, BASF also declared force majeure for vitamins A and E, as the production of citral is not expected to restart before March 2018. This will result in a global shortage of vitamins A and E during the first half of 2018."
So why do my cattle even need vitamins?
In beef cattle nutrition, we are most commonly concerned with supplementation of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D and E. We are especially concerned during this time of year
Vitamin needs of beef cattle can be confined largely to A, D and E. This is because bacteria in the rumen of cattle are considered to have the ability to synthesize vitamin K and the B vitamins in sufficient quantities to meet the animal's requirement. See chart below on the major vitamin functions and deficiencies in cattle.
For more information on the vitamins in our bagged mineral, feeds, liquid and tubs; stop in the office or give us a call 406-488-1953 or Ben 406-480-2953