On calls today in County Kerry on 2 farms. Blood tests were taken from the animals due to poor reproductive performance. Results showed that there were severe phosphorus deficiencies. Clinical science concluded that the animals were eating stones.The advise given was to inject the animals with a phosphorous solution. Both clients have observed that the animals are no longer eating stones and the phosphorous levels have increased. Phosphorus is one of the most expensive mineral supplements and the number of the mineral supplements supplied on the market is inadequate form phosphorus concentration to meet animal requirements on a daily basis.
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