Denying contributions of sulfur for cattle

The use of sulfur is well known by farmers, both for food and for protection against pests. This product is not how they are ‘painting’ it, so here we explain why.

Enrique Rimbaud, a specialist in animal health, states that the feeding of cattle with flower of sulfur is a new fashion in which the saline presentation is used to combat parasites gastrointestinal, ticks, among others. (Read: Supplying sulfur increases meat production and controls ticks)

“Sulfur is an essential element both in the development of protein and in the maintenance of body parts such as hair, hooves and horns of the animal, but all sales concentrates and mineral salts have sulfur in the proportions in which cattle need them”, says Rimbaud.

For the professional, if the bovines are not given concentrate and mineral salts, sulfur can be found in all soils and plants in the necessary amounts, therefore, it is not necessary to supply more to the animal.

In Rimbaud’s words, “there is no documented and quality scientific work that certifies with determination whether or not it really has effects to combat ticks, gastrointestinal parasites and vampire bats”.

The same expert says that, for example, in some places in the tropics, animals are prone to suffering from these parasites, causing Producers use sulfur indiscriminately, causing the water, fields and land to be filled with sulfur components that end up being contaminants.

“If it were true that sulfur fights vampire bats, ticks or gastrointestinal parasites, in some areas we would no longer have this type of parasite,” says Rimbaud.

For the professional This addition of flower of sulfur in the diet of cattle, will contaminate the blood, which has as a consequence that it is impregnated in the meat and milk, affecting their quality. (Read: Sulfur flower, an aid to combat livestock parasites)

“Another problem of sulfur is that it is an antagonist of selenium, copper and cobalt, which are essential for the reproduction of bovines, as well as for the recovery from anemia. Therefore, if you pass in sulfur, you have to try to recover the animals trying to supply these elements so that they can reproduce correctly”, describes Rimbaud.

Sulfur, in disproportionate amounts, is toxic to cattle, so it can go from mild diarrhea in calves to the development of encephalomalacia, which is a nervous disease similar to rabies that has no cure.

Finally, the professional states that the producer must “stop inventing, because there is no problem because it is not giving, but rather they have problems because the cattle are not being fed wellunderstanding that they only care about the quantity and not the quality of the food”.

Denying contributions of sulfur for cattle