Melatonin pills question?

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Wildmustang777

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  Hi! I am going to put my steer on melatonin pills! I know there are many posts about melatonin, but I couldn't find and exact amount and wanted a star-forward answer (it's easier)  ;)

How many pills do I give him? He weighed 990 last night... I have not gotten any yet bc I wanted to get an answer first!

Thank you for your suggestions <beer>
 

CAB

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To give you a correct answer a person would need to know the concentration of the melatonin pills to be used.
 

CAB

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It's been well over 20 years since we used melatonin and we trying to take the edge off of a couple of calves. You'll have to research what levels are necessary to help with hair growth. Good luck  :)
 

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If you are going to use the Melatonin tablets for hair, 3mg, you need to give them 33 tablets a day, this equals the dosage they recommend with grow & shine (100mg a day).
We fed them in the morning when we put the calves in the stall, counted out a whole bottle of pills and bagged them so all the boys did in the morning was put them in the feed with the other top dressing.

For calming we would start with 20-3mg pills give it a few days and see what the result was, depending on the animal, if they become to lethargic drop it down if it seems to have some or no effect increase it by 10 pills.
 

Wildmustang777

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I did some more research and I am going to give 50mg, once in am and again in pm!

I also was recommended that bag of melatonin, but I didn't get it yet bc I didn't know how to measure it!

Both of these suggestions are great and confirms what I was going to do was the right thing! If you have figured out a way to measure out 50mg from the bag, please let me know!

Thank you for the help!  ;D
 

HomeRaised

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100 mg is the correct dosage, but you don't need it every day. Shag Secrets sells a bolus and advertise it as 1 per day for the first 5 days and then decrease it to 1-2 times per week. I used to do 100mg/day for about 120 days and the hair would burn out towards the end. I backed down to using daily for 7 days to load the body and then twice per week till the end. My hair was better and fresher with the decreased usage. I also get the 10mg pills and gelatin vet boluses and make my own bolus.
 

GazCattle

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Only issue we ran into was about day 120 we lost all the good hair. I know hair is only good for 120 but it was much more extreme.
 
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