New Trace Element Analysis Service - Team Effort
Gribbles Veterinary Pathology, New Zealand Veterinary Pathology and AsureQuality have combined resources in a New Zealand first to provide comprehensive nationwide trend analysis of the significant trace elements. This includes results from liver and blood sampling for copper, cobalt (vitamin B12) and selenium.
Trace element (TE) deficiencies in livestock have been well documented and studied in New Zealand, but there is continual need to collate and review new information in order to revise approaches and protocols for diagnosing and preventing them. It is widely acknowledged that thorough dietary and animal evaluation, as well as response to supplementation, are necessary before diagnosing a TE deficiency. Many believe that the prevention of TE deficiencies should be part of the overall stock health programme on the farm and be integrated with various animal husbandry practices. Effective planning and management are the most effective ways of preventing deficiencies and ensuring optimum animal performance.
As part of the new initiative, Gribbles Veterinary Pathology and New Zealand Veterinary Pathology are providing the latest TE laboratory results on a monthly basis, along with historical data going back to 2005. This will allow the production of maps and trend graphs of historical and current TE deficiency findings by district. The objective is to increase awareness of potential TE deficiency issues amongst farmers and their veterinary practitioners. This will lead to more informed sampling and targeted treatments which will in turn lead to improved productivity in the livestock sectors.
AsureQuality's role will be as an independent third party with the epidemiological and geospatial expertise to be able to collate the TE data. Reporting back to the laboratories and their clients will be via a web-enabled mapping tool. This will assist farmers and related industries in their planning and implementation of trace element supplementation.
The laboratory data used to populate the TE maps and graphs excludes any specific farm / animal owner / veterinarian details making it entirely confidential.