PART ONE OF A THREE PART WEBINAR SERIES ON MINERAL SUPPLEMENTATION IN HAWAII, IS NOW AVAILABLE AT
Mineral supplementation for livestock is important in Hawaii for a number of reasons. It is common for our forages in Hawaii to be deficient in some minerals and high in others. These imbalances affect the absorption and utilization of still other minerals. In short, the mineral status of your herd affects their ability to reproduce, grow, produce milk, and their general health. A good mineral supplementation program will economically address the deficiencies and imbalances and increase the health and well-being of your herd, and that will increase your profits. This first webinar is pre-recorded so you can view it at your leisure. In it you will learn the importance of mineral supplementation, common mineral deficiencies that occur Hawaii, how to evaluate the mineral status and needs of your herd, and choose a mineral program that is right for you. You will also be introduced to a decision support tool that is useful when considering different mineral supplementation options. There are pre- and post-webinar evaluation forms and we ask that you take a moment to fill them out. Your feedback is important to us and will help improve our future programing materials. Along with the webinar presentations you can download the presentation slides and notes, the Risk Scenario Planning Tool and example problem and results, and access an online course on the use of the RSP tool.
This webinar series is authored by Mark Thorne, Range and Livestock Extension Specialist at the University of Hawaii-Manoa and John Hewlett, Extension Economist at the University of Wyoming based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2018-38640-23779 through the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under sub-award number SW16-023. The focus of this project has been to characterize the mineral nutrition of beef cattle herds in different locations in Hawaii and to compare the cost and nutritional benefits of two different mineral supplementation strategies in Hawaii.