Livestock's daily biological functions depend on minerals, although the specific mineral requirements of different species may vary. Mineral deficiency can cause various health problems for animals, as well as poor feed efficiency, gain, and reproductive characteristics.
Animals require trace minerals for numerous functions, including immunity, reproduction, skin and hoof integrity, growth and muscle development, milk production, fibre digestion and energy metabolism. In addition, when an animal has the proper balance of organic trace minerals, it can cope with the challenging effects of stress.
The mineral's uptake and absorption occur in the animal's small intestine. Unless they are absorbed effectively, the minerals will not be available to the animal and will end up in waste.
Trace minerals are available in two forms: inorganic and organic. Inorganic minerals are identified by "oxide," "chloride," or "sulphate," with oxide being the least absorbed form. These forms are not recognized by the gastrointestinal system for the necessary absorption. The absorption of minerals (especially inorganic) is impaired under stress conditions.
In order to combat high-stress periods, it may be necessary to provide the animal with chelated forms of the minerals needed. Chelated minerals are bound to organic compounds (such as amino acids or proteins). They allow for better absorption and overall utilization when compared to inorganic minerals. Under conditions such as calving, lactating, or breeding stress, chelated minerals provide the maximal benefit while being cost-effective.
The chelated minerals in Orgaplex® are easily absorbed and readily metabolized to optimize the performance of animals. Orgaplex® trace mineral complex act as a cofactor for enzymes that is crucial to an animal's defence system, reproductive system, and growth. Trace minerals are vital in maintaining health and animal food product quality.