US animal health and nutrition company recently announced the registration in the European Union for its Mintrex series of chelated trace minerals for all species.
The company obtained registration for its zinc (Zn), manganese (Mn) and Copper (Cu) products.
The newly registered type of chelated trace minerals are highly bioavailable to the animal as chelated minerals have the potential to deliver more trace minerals to the cells and tissues of the animal where it is needed.
The product is chelated with the HMTBa molecule, which means it provides residual methionine for nutritional use. By formulating diets with this type of trace mineral, producers can reduce the cost of rations while maximising swine growth, minimising nutrient excretion and building a more profitable operation.
Role in swine nutrition
In the press release, the company adds: "Minerals play an important role in swine nutrition and are essential for optimal performance. Minerals effect reproduction, growth, production, resistance to parasites and diseases as well as basic metabolic reactions in the body. Deficiency of trace minerals affect metabolic processes and may be revealed by different symptoms, such as poor growth, reduced appetite, reproductive failures, impaired immune responses and general ill-thrift.
"The bioavailability of a mineral and its relative availability to the animal, is determined by its interaction with other minerals or dietary components. The more bioavailable the mineral, the lower the dietary concentration needed to attain a given level of absorption and the less mineral is excreted to the environment. Therefore, increased bioavailability has a twofold benefit; reduction of feed costs and minimised nutrient buildup in the soil."
In a recent three-year study, sows fed this type of chelate minerals displayed better structural integrity with decreased locomotion issues such as leg/shoulder lesions, laminitis and leg weakness, therefore, showing a 70% reduction in locomotion issues as the primary reason for removal. This study has also shown extended sow parity with a greater percentage of them reaching parity three over the control group.
The company will be present in hospitality tent 105 during the World Pork Expo, Des Moines, Iowa, 9-11 June, 2010.
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