Phosphorus is essential for the tissues and fluids in cattle as it has an influence on many body functions including energy transfer reactions; hence why, it affects all behaviours in the body such as growth and reproduction.
Phosphorus deficiency is an issue in Northern Australia due to the low levels of phosphorus in various soils. It is essential to test for phosphorus since every property is different. During the wet season, livestock require additional sources of phosphorus such as our Wet Season lick to achieve reproduction performance and development.
Signs of phosphorus deficiency:
- Reduced growth rate
- Reduced fertility
- Reduced milk
- Depraved appetite: Chewing foreign material such as bones, dirt or stones
- Poor bone formation
- Weight loss
- Peg Leg