Trace Minerals and Preferential Intake. Weak ionic bond from sulfates causes dissociation of metal when exposed to moisture (saliva). Animals have evolutionarily developed an aversion to metallic tasting compounds due to their indication of plant toxicity. These free metal ions activate T2R bitter-sensing receptors.
Trace Minerals and Nutrient/Additive Stability. Weak ionic bonds from copper sulfate and zinc sulfate cause solubility and dissociation of free metal ions when exposed to moisture. Soluble minerals can leach out of feed when exposed to precipitation. Mineral premixes that contain water soluble sources of trace minerals are more hygroscopic (absorb water).
IntelliBond has low solubility at a higher pH, which avoids negative interactions in the rumen. IntelliBond is more soluble in a low pH environment (such as the abomasum) and allows for a slower, more stable release throughout the gastrointestinal tract.
Mineral absorption is dynamic and depends on many factors – both animal-related and dietary-related. Bioavailability is a measure of how efficiently the animal utilizes dietary elements for biochemical or physiological functions. Bioavailability is not an absorption coefficient. IntelliBond does not necessarily increase mineral absorption – IntelliBond remains available to be absorbed if the animal needs the mineral.
IntelliBond trace minerals has superior physical properties when compared to Foreign Basic Copper and Zinc Chlorides, amongst others
Tonisity Px Trial Results Conducted at 9,000 Sow Unit in the Western Cape