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Bighead or more accurately, Nutritional Secondary Hyperparathyroidism is a condition that develops as a result of a calcium imbalance within the horse’s diet.  During periods of calcium shortage, horses will mobilise calcium and phosphorus from their bones to keep blood calcium levels normal.  When this...

Supplementation is used to bridge the gap between the nutrients supplied by pasture and what the animal actually requires. What happens when feed is dry? Pastures are the cheapest form of feed for livestock, however, once pastures age,  hay-off or are frost-affected, the quality decreases and livestock...

  Feeding horses that suffer from laminitis is an issue faced by increasing numbers of horse owners all over Australia.  There are so many conflicting “do’s and don’ts” out there that it can give you a major headache just thinking about it!  Having said this, here...

A lot of livestock nutritional information available to farmers in Australia is focused on feeding animals during dry feed situations.  Maintaining stock during drought or dry conditions can be costly and challenging for farmers and when the rain comes there is a huge sigh of...

If you have read the previous blogs Laminitis and Founder In Horses, What Are the Most Common Signs Of Laminitis and What Causes Laminitis and you are concerned that your horse may be at risk then look into it straight away.  If you suspect that your...

Now that we have an understanding of “what is laminitis and founder in horses” and “what are the most common signs of laminitis”, it’s time to talk about possible causes of this painful disease. A definitive cause of laminitis and the exact mechanisms by which the...

Continuing on from the previous article on Laminitis And Founder In Horses.  Imagine walking out to get your horse from the paddock and you notice that he/she just doesn’t seem like their normal self and is walking oddly or not wanting to move at all....

One of the most common horse feed related questions that I get asked is, “What can I feed my horse that suffers from laminitis?”.  This is not surprising as laminitis is one of the most common causes of lameness and disability in horses and ponies....

Phosphorus (P) is such a powerful mineral and much research has been done on it’s benefits for livestock. The key function of phosphorus that increases profitability is its role in stimulating appetite and dry matter (DM) intake. This function is the reason that phosphorus is...

At first glance, the outlook for Australian manufacturing appears grim. It’s not hard to find bad news stories about a variety of large and small manufacturers closing down. This has been quite scary for a company like ours. We have been manufacturing for 25 years and...

How many nutrients are part of your fertiliser program? Trace elements are often deficient. Each year we see hundreds of soil tests and a high percentage of these soils reveal below optimal levels of trace elements with zinc, copper, manganese and boron usually the main...

Nitrogen fixation by legumes can be greater than 10-200kg of Nitrogen per hectare per year, so crop rotation including a legume or the inclusion of legumes in pasture can be highly beneficial to increase production.  Peanuts, Soybeans, Lucerne and the clover component in pastures are...