Microsteed analyses the nutrient contribution from all feeds, roughages and supplements against set nutrient requirements.
This example shows a weanling fed on 750 g of Stamm 30 balancer during the autumn months on good pasture, and highlights the importance of ensuring adequate mineral intake. Microsteed provides easy-to-read reports that clearly identify the needs of weanlings and the contribution pasture makes during this important period of life.
Microsteed for weanlings and yearlings is often used in conjunction with Gro-Trac, the KER growth monitoring programme, to ensure a steady and correct growth rate.
Daily Intake of nutrients
Pasture contribution will naturally vary through seasonal changes and also changes in the daily intake of the weanling. Provision of over 100% of key minerals and vitamins ensures that pasture intake changes do not effect the overall daily intake. Through use of Microsteed, it is possible to analyse requirement against intake, in particular highlighting the need for supplementary minerals such as copper, selenium and zinc that pasture cannot provide in adequate quantity.
Optimum nutrient range
All nutrients have an optimum range for intake which Microsteed analyses and conveys in easy-to-read charts. Any deficit or excess intake will be discussed with you by a member of the Saracen Thoroughbred Team.
In addition to considering total daily intake, Microsteed will also consider the balance of key minerals in the total diet including calcium, phosphorus, zinc and copper. The balance of minerals influences absorption and also activity within the body.
Once nutrient intake and balance is considered, Microsteed also assesses the contribution nutrients make toward energy requirements. Energy intake directly relates to growth rate and the balance of energy provided can be influential when managing growth related disorders.
Equine Nutrition Calculator
Microsteed is the equine nutrition calculator and ration evaluator developed by Kentucky Equine Research.
Our range of specialist thoroughbred breeding feeds and services has been developed through exclusive nutrition partnerships with Hallway Feeds and Kentucky Equine Research, both based in Lexington, Kentucky, since April 2000