At Rose-Hip Vital, we hear miraculous stories of recovery from our community, everyday - but we’d never heard a story quite like that of 900kg Limousin bull, Man O Man.
Man O Man’s story involves a debilitating injury, followed by a devastating prognosis from his vet. An unexpected, see-it-to-believe-it recovery. Oh, and two empty beetroot tins filled with Rose-Hip Vital powder, everyday.
Like many of our new users, Man O Man’s owners, Liz and Tony, turned to Rose-Hip Vital when medicine couldn’t provide them with a viable treatment. Man O Man had suffered cranial cruciate rupture with acute right hind lameness. In Liz’s words, Man O Man was rendered “severely and horrifically immobile”. Watching their powerful, proud bull suddenly unable to walk was heartbreaking to witness, and the prospect of him never recovering from his injury terrified them.
Liz and Tony consulted multiple vets, a professor of veterinary science and a bovine specialist, all of whom recommended that euthenasia was the only humane treatment. Because of a bull’s significant body mass, the pressure on their joints is generally too great to allow healing from such a significant injury.
Both Liz and Tony had heard success stories of Rose-Hip Vital being used to treat significant inflammation and arthritis in people, dogs and horses. So with nothing to lose, they began to include an empty beetroot tin filled with our equine powder with Man O Man’s food, twice a day.
They were uncertain at first. Currently, there’s no research on Rose-Hip Vital being used therapeutically in bovines. They also had the bovine gastrointestinal system to contend with, which is traditionally disruptive to oral supplements. Due to robust microflora in the stomach, most oral medication is broken down far too significantly for it to be effectively absorbed.
Even so. Liz and Tony had a special bull, and they were willing to try anything.
It was around 5 weeks into the regime (250g of Rose-Hip Vital Equine powder, twice daily) that they started to notice small but significant improvements. They were almost too nervous to believe what they were seeing. Around the 7 week mark, the improvements were so significant, there was no longer any doubt. Man O Man was walking again. His lameness had dramatically improved. They were starting to see glimpses of their old bull.
Cut to today, and this story has another miraculously happy ending. Thanks to the amazing anti-inflammatory properties of Rose-Hip Vital, Man O Man is back to his old self, living without pain and free to wander the grassy fields whenever he fancies. Not only that, Liz and Tony have noticed improvements in his general wellbeing, his coat and even his temperament!
At Rose-Hip Vital, we understand it can be intimidating to try something new. Administering our powders to a bovine is something that, even to us here at HQ, was unheard of. But because Rose-Hip Vital is a completely natural, plant-based anti-inflammatory, there’s no risk of overdosing on our supplement. In fact, you’ll know whether you’ve administered too much simply by a change in the colour of excretion. If you notice it’s turned slightly orange, all you have to do is dial back your dose.
We believe what made Rose-Hip Vital so effective for Man O Man was a combination of our natural, plant-based formula which was readily absorbed by his gastrointestinal system; and GOPO®, an anti-inflammatory compound found exclusively in Rose-Hip Vital products. GOPO® is a galactolipid activated in rosehip products only when they’re extracted using our patented method, making us the only rosehip provider to offer such amazing anti-inflammatory benefits.
Thanks to the inspiring success of Man O Man, and Tony and Liz for reaching out to us and sharing their story, we’re now looking into ways our amazing anti-inflammatory can help support Australian livestock.
If you’re in this sector and you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with our team. As always, we love hearing from you!
Letter from the vet...
Morpeth Veterinary Hospital
105 Swan Street
Morpeth NSW 2321
To whom it may concern,
I presented to Mr and Mrs Sutcliffe’s property on the 22nd of December, 2021 to examine Man O Man, a mature Limousine Bull for acute right hind lameness. On physical examination, he was found to have marked (grade 4) right hind lameness, right stifle instability and joint effusion consistent with, and thus presumptive diagnosis of, cranial cruciate rupture. Unfortunately, the prognosis for this type of injury is poor with most individuals humanely euthanized.
There are experimental studies in the USA showing promising results for surgical repair however we could not find anyone in Australia performing these surgeries here and this medical management was the only option available to Man O Man. Traditionally medical management of these cases included anti-inflammatory pain relief and strict confinement for up to 6 months. Oral supplements used in other species are often found to be ineffective in Ruminant species due to microflora action in the forestomach, thus resulting in poor bioavailability to the patient.
Mrs Sutcliffe researched and proposed using Rose Hip during his recovery and due to the above reasoning, I was skeptical of its effects. Man O Man has been on Rose Hip supplementation for a couple of months now and I’m happy to report his clinical picture is much improved. His lameness, despite still being present, has improved dramatically and he appears to be moving much more freely and sure footed.
I would be interested to see any previous, current or future studies on the use of Rose Hip in cattle for not only traumatic orthopedic injuries but also for degenerative diseases.
Dr Scott Bissaker BVSc