Nutritional Information

Important information about the nutritional values of Vit-A-Zine.

Calcium (Ca)

Function:

Essential for strong bone structure, high milk production; heart, nerve, muscle functions and fast gains. 99 percent of the calcium in the animal’s body is found in the bones and teeth. Livestock requires more calcium than phosphorus because the amount of calcium in their bodies is much greater than of phosphorus.

DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS:
An inadequate intake of calcium may cause weakened bones, slow growth, low milk production, and tetany in severe deficiencies.

Manganese (MN)

Function:

Most essential for development of strong offspring, increased reproduction, and lactation.

DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS:

Manganese deficiency may cause abnormal bone development, poor growth, and impaired reproduction and lactation.

Phosphorus (P)

Function:

80 percent of the phosphorus in the body is contained In the skeleton. In addition to skeleton growth, phosphorus is also essential for many vital body processes such as proper functioning of the rumen, utilization of energy from feedstuffs, protein metabolism, and the building of tissues and blood.

DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS:
An early symptom of phosphorus deficiency in cattle is depraved appetite. This is exhibited by the chewing of wood, rocks, bones and other objects. Phosphorus deficiency causes loss of appetite and weight decline in milk production; poor calf crop, failure to breed, and lameness.

Iron (Fe)

Function:

Essential to prevent anemia. For the formation of hemoglobin, the “oxygen carrier” giving blood its rich, red color.

DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS:
Iron deficiency causes anemia and animals perform poorly.

Magnesium (Mg)

Function:

Closely associated with calcium and phosphorus. About 70% of the body magnesium is in the skeleton. Balance is essential for distribution in body fluids and tissues. Also required for body processes and the activation of enzymes.

DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS:
A magnesium deficiency in cattle causes various nervous disorders and loss of control of the legs. “Grass tetany” in cattle is attributed to a deficiency in magnesium.

Copper (Cu)

Function:

Essential for the utilization of iron into blood. Also necessary for the functioning of enzyme systems and is a part of various pigments of the body like hair coat.

DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS:
Depraved appetite, loss of condition, stunted growth, rough hair-coat, bleaching of hair, abnormal bone growth and anemia are symptoms of copper deficiency.

Salt (NACI)

(Sodium And Chlorine)
A dietary deficiency of salt causes loss of appetite, decreased growth, unthrifty appearance, decreased milk production, loss of weight, and may impair reproduction.

Zinc (Zn)

Function:

Most essential for ruminants to obtain feed efficiency and increased gains.

DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS:
Zinc deficiency may cause poor growth, skin and hair-coat disorders.

Iodine (I)

Function:

Needed as a thyroid gland stimulant, helps prevent hairlessness, controls goiter, and increases fertility rates. Organic iodine (Ethylene Diamine Dihydroiodide) in addition to being one of the best and most stable sources of nutritional iodine, helps prevent and control foot rot, soft tissue, lumpy jaw in cattle, and aids in the treatment of respiratory infections when used at the proper levels.

DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS:
An iodine deficiency may cause newborn pigs, lambs, kids, calves, and foals to be born weak or dead and with enlarged necks (goiter). The birth of “hairless pigs” is also associated with the lack of iodine in the sows ration.

Vitamin A

Function:

Dietary essential for all animals. It helps stimulate growth, appetite, and healthy skin and hair coat.

DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS:
Especially apt to cause disease to the respiratory system. Most serious types of blindness are also caused by a lack in vitamin A. Other symptoms are poor growth, head colds with nasal discharge, scours, fertility and conception impairment, and stillborn or weak offspring.

Cobalt (Co)

Function:

Prevents anemia, increases rate of gain, improves hair-coat, and stimulates appetite. Cobalt is also an essential part of Vitamin B12. Normal requirements of the vitamin are met by rumen synthesis if adequate cobalt is available.

DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS:
Most cobalt deficiency symptoms are generally characterized by loss of appetite, weakness, emaciation, and eventual death.

Vitamin D

Function:

Essential to ensure proper utilization of calcium and phosphorus in the animal body.

DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS: Vitamin D deficiency can cause rickets, retarded growth, weak skeleton, impaired joints, and poor teeth.

Sulfur (S)

Function:

Amino acids containing sulfur are required by the animal. When rations containing urea are fed, a supplemental source of sulfur has proven beneficial.

DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS:
The exact sulfur deficiency symptoms are not known. It is known however, that sulfur is an essential part of most proteins and has an additional function in the interrelationship between molybdenum and copper in the prevention of molybdenum toxicity.

Vitamin E

Function:

Plays a role in many bodily functions. Related to utilization of vitamin A. It is also connected to reproductive performance, and nerve and muscle functions.

DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS:
Vitamin D deficiency can cause rickets, retarded growth, weak skeleton, impaired joints, and poor teeth.

Vitamin B (B Complex)

Includes:
Choline
Thiamine (B1)
Riboflavin (B2)
Niacin
Pantothenic Acid
Pyridoxine (B6)
Folic Acid
Biotin
B12

Fortunately, most B vitamins are synthesized by microorganisms in the rumen.

Occasionally, B-complex deficiencies do exist when normal rumen function is not present.

A serious lack in B-complex vitamins causes a loss of appetite, failure to grow, emaciation, general weakness, digestive disturbances, skin disorders, nervous disorders, as well as lessening the resistance to disease and increased mortality.

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