The course will utilise the mineral audit process to give the tools required to perform on farm mineral investigations. This will include what can be determined on farm (observation, farmer communication, records), potential on farm samples including what you can determine stood in a field and the collection and use of samples to determine status.
The determination of status of part of a continuous cycle with the information building from an accumulation of sample data (eg liver biopsy) and the response to supplementation strategies.
This course will utilise the onsite abattoir at Sutton Bonington to give a hands on approach to the collection and use of samples collected at the abattoir from cull and prime stock. The course will also cover how to send samples and how to utilize the results of the abattoir sample analysis to monitor the herd and improve nutritional status. Further to the interpretation we will explore together the strategies available to correct identified nutritional issues and how to check that our approach has worked.