- Animal Nutrition & Health
- Future of Farming
- Feeding the World
- About Alltech
Legislative bodies throughout the world have campaigned for a reduction of acceptable mineral levels in animal diets due to the risk of water and land pollution from excess minerals in livestock excretion. The equine industry must adopt new methods of feeding in order to meet governmental and nutritional requirements.
The solution is absorption. Recent research indicates that with minerals bound to amino acids and peptides (chelation), less interaction occurs and more mineral is absorbed by the animal. Minerals fed as sulphates or oxides typically are poorly absorbed because, as weakly charged transitional elements, they interact with other minerals flowing through the digestive tract.
The benefits of chelated minerals include increased absorption, reduced quantity of mineral in the diet and reduction of mineral pollution through excretion. The producer achieves the same, if not improved, production levels as previously seen with oxides and sulphates.