In like a Lion, out like a Lamb?
I'm not sure mother nature knows this poem because we keep screaming "LIKE A LAMB!" but she keeps blowing on and on and on....
Late winter/early spring is usually a time of muddy, sloppy conditions, which can spell trouble for hooves. From cracked hooves to hoof rot, poor hoof health takes a toll on your livestock, no matter what species. Wet, sloppy conditions just exacerbate hoof problems, softening them up, making them more susceptible to injury and microbial entry. The best way to combat poor hoof health is to grow a strong, hard hoof in the first place.
An animal's diet has a huge impact of hoof quality and overall hoof health. In particular, nutrients such as protein, fat, calcium, zinc, copper and selenium play very important roles. Supplementation of these key nutrients can help your livestock maintain or improve hoof health. Remember, the hoof grows relatively slowly, so it may take months to notice an improvement and can take a year or more to obtain full benefits.
Independent research has shown time and time again that organic, chelated forms of trace minerals are more efficiently digested by the body and retained in tissues for later use. For more information on different forms of supplementation for good hoof health, stop by the office or give us a call 406-488-1953 or Ben 406-480-2953