About Protick

Protick

 
Protick powder

Protick is registered with the Department of Agriculture (Reg: V20345).

Protick is used mainly for the regulation of ticks in wild and farm animals. Protick is added to the feed of the animals.

Due to the shortage of Zinc in the natural habitat in South Africa there is no problem with palatability since the animals readily eat the aloe for the Zinc contained in it. In nature, where there are a lot of ticks, game will eat the whole aloe plant and no ticks can be found on the game.

Farmers using lick blocks that are enriched with Protick aloe powder are having fantastic results with the decreased occurrence of ticks on their animals. Thus the condition of the animals improve and the chance of illnesses transmitted by ticks are reduced.

Ingredients:

Aloe Ferox powder containing 10-18% Barbaloin.

Protick is one of nature’s own products to specifically assist farmers’ livestock and even game. Available in 1kg and 25kg bags. Can be ordered directly, or through your nearest BKB or Co-op.

Minerals contained in Aloe ferox:  
Calcium 0.06%
Phosperous 0.01%
Magnesium 0.02%
Sulphur 0.01%
Sodium 0.04%
Iron 0.01mgkg
Copper 2.46mg/kg
Manganese 16.17mg/kg
Zinc 92.13mg/kg
Aluminium 15.25mg/kg
   
Zinc in animals

Zinc has been found in every tissue in the animal body. Zinc acts as a co-factor for many enzymes(1). Zinc is actively involved in enzyme systems through metabolism of protein and carbohydrates. Zinc is also required for maintaining responsiveness of the immune system through energy production, protein synthesis, stablisation of membranes against bacterial endotoxins, antioxidant enzyme production and maintenance of lymphocyte replication and antibody production. Virtually every phase of cell growth involves Zinc and a deficiency can impact productivity.(2)
   
Manganese in animals

The amount of manganese present in the animal body is extremely small. Most tissues contain traces of Manganese. Manganese is important in the animal body as an enzyme activator (1). Manganese deficiency in livestock impairs reproductive performance, skeletal deformities and contracted (shortened) tendons, enlarged joints and reduced birth weight (3).
   
References:
1. MacDonald,P.,Edwards, R.A. and Greenhalgh, J.F.D –Animal Nutrition 2nd Ed (1973)
2. Paterson, J.A., Swenson, C.K, Ansotegi, R.P. and Wellington, B. - The absorption of Copper and Zinc by cattle consuming diets containing the antagonists Molybdenum, Sulfur and Iron. www.animalrangeextension.montana.edu/articles/beef/copper/absorption_copper.htm
3. Government of Saskatchewan – Trace minerals for beef cattle (2008) – www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca