Virbac has launched Multimin, a prescription only, four in one trace mineral injection to combat oxidative stress and its effects in cattle.

Oxidative stress is an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants which can lead to cell and tissue damage, impacting the health and performance of cattle.1 Virbac says the trace minerals in Multimin are essential structural components of antioxidant enzymes which are required to neutralise free radicals and combat oxidative stress.2,3

Multimin, which comes in a 100ml PET bottle, contains zinc, copper, manganese and selenium. It is designed to be administered during or before periods of high demand in dairy and beef cattle, such as breeding, calving, weaning and vaccination. After injection, it reaches peak levels in the blood after 8 hours4,5 and the liver after 24 hours.4,5

Virbac says Multimin has been proven in 24 peer-reviewed papers and field trials of more than 6,000 cattle, and that it offers a fast, simple and accurate way to top up essential trace minerals at times of high demand, to help improve cattle health and performance.

Lynda Maris, Virbac Large Animal Product Manager said: "Trace mineral requirements are currently primarily provided through the diet and various forms of oral supplementation. However, reduced oral intake, poor absorption from the rumen and antagonism from other minerals means that during periods of high demand, even in apparently well supplemented animals, a trace mineral gap can occur between the trace minerals required for optimum health and performance versus those available."

Lynda added: "Multimin is a great addition to the Virbac Large Animal range. It represents an exciting new opportunity for vets to strengthen their herd health plans, boost practice revenue and help to further reduce antibiotic usage."

For more information, speak to your Virbac Territory Manager or visit the Virbac stand at the BCVA Congress, 17th – 19th October.


  1. Celi, P. Oxidative stress in applied basic research and clinical practice (Eds.Armstrong, D., Mandelker, L. & Vajdovich, P.). Humana Press, 191–232 (2011). 
  2. Hough, M. A. & Hasnain, S. S. Structure of Fully Reduced Bovine Copper Zinc Superoxide Dismutase at 1.15 Å. Structure 11, 937–946 (2003).
  3. Rotruck JT, Pope AL, Ganther HE, Swanson AB, Hafeman DG and Hoekstra WG (1973) Selenium: biochemical role as a component of glutathione peroxidase. Science, 179 (4073):588–590. 
  4. Pogge, D, Richter, E, Drewnoski ME, Hansen SL. Mineral concentrations of plasma and liver following injection with a trace mineral complex differ among Angus and Simmental cattle. J. Anim.Sci. 90, 2692–2698 (2012).
  5. Study data on file. 

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