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Trace Minerals’ Role In Dairy Cow Performance

Various trials and studies have found that replacing sulfate sources of trace minerals with IntelliBond’s hydroxychloride-based trace minerals improved the stability of nutrients in the ration, optimized rumen function and improved trace metal absorption.

This article highlights the role that the source of trace minerals plays in dairy cow performance and draws on research conducted internally and with multiple universities. Various trials and studies found that replacing sulphate sources of trace minerals with hydroxy chloride-based trace minerals (in all of these trials and studies, IntelliBond®) improved the stability of nutrients in the ration, optimised rumen function and improved trace metal absorption. The switch from sulphates also limited the negative influence of sulphate-based trace minerals on feed intake as a result of their poor palatability in calves.

Trace minerals like zinc, copper, manganese and selenium are essential elements in rations for dairy cattle and other ruminants. These trace minerals support multiple essential functions including reproduction, immune response, protein synthesis, hoof and skin integrity, and animal longevity.

Providing trace minerals in the wrong form and amount – either too low or too high – can generate negative outcomes for animal performance, reproduction, disease response and potentially increase mortality. Trace mineral premixes can be used to provide the optimal amount of trace minerals at the herd level. However, the source of the trace minerals included in the premix needs to be carefully considered to avoid unintended negative consequences.

 

A closer look at trace minerals: Chapter 2

Watch an informative video that takes a closer look at trace minerals and its key characteristics.

 

A closer look at trace minerals: Chapter 3

Watch the following on video that takes a closer look at trace minerals.

 

Why use sulphate free trace minerals?

Sulphate trace minerals may do more harm than good. Learn more about
using sulphate free trace minerals in animal feed.

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