What is an organic trace mineral (OTM)?
Organic minerals are best described as trace minerals that are chemically bonded with a ligand (organic molecule), such as an organic acid, protein or amino acid. The ligand functions as a delivery vehicle to the small intestine for absorption, resulting in greater production benefits. Inorganic minerals, on the other hand, are absorbed less easily because, without a ligand, they are unprotected against many antagonisms in the gut like phytate, other minerals, sulfur and fiber during the travel to the small intestine, which hinder their ability to be absorbed. The most effective OTMs can avoid dietary antagonisms in the digestive system, and thus provide a more useable mineral for optimum animal performance. However, many OTMs available on the market still fail to provide these benefits.
What are the advantages of MINTREX®?
Feeding high amounts of a less bioavailable mineral will not meet the animal’s requirements for optimum performance, because the multiple negative interactions in the gut decrease mineral absorption. Therefore, feeding not only the correct amount, but also a highly bioavailable trace mineral source is key for achieving optimal production. Several animal trials have shown the excellence of MINTREX® over other mineral sources in varying geographies and species.
Superior Animal Results:
When highly bioavailable trace minerals are fed, animals can perform to their full genetic potential, which ultimately leads to a more profitable operation. If mineral needs are not met due to underfeeding or feeding minerals with low bioavailability, the results are depressed performance, lower reproduction, depressed immune system, joint lesions, ill health and increased mortality, which altogether hurt profitability. Studies have shown the highly bioavailable MINTREX® helped support maximized bodyweight in piglets at nursery exit, supported broilers’ gut health, even when challenged with coccidiosisand helped to minimize oxidative stress in broilers .
Why is MINTREX® different?
Methionine Hydroxy Analog Ligand:
MINTREX® chelated trace mineral uses methionine hydroxy analog (HMTBa) as the ligand, which brings substantial advantages in terms of gastric stability over other ligands such as amino acids, proteins or carbohydrates. It also provides the additional benefit of replacing a portion of the supplemental synthetic methionine needed in the diet, helping reduce costs while boosting performance.
Defined Molecular Structure:
If the molecular structure is not understood, how can one predict how it will function in the animal? Among the many OTMs, MINTREX is the only one with two ligands chelated to each mineral ion, as proven by the X-ray crystallography technique. This test gives an actual image of the molecular structure (Figure 1), and is a way to verify true chemical chelation. This unique structure maximizes gastric stability and allows consistent and
Trace minerals come in various forms and structures, but selecting the one to optimize animal performance is key. Inorganic trace minerals and OTMs of poor quality are not well protected through the digestive tract against the many antagonisms, which leads to poor animal performance. Greater absorption means more of the positive benefits of OTMs can be translated into end profitability and performance. MINTREX has been proven to have an advantageous molecular structure that enables superior bioavailability and superior animal end results when supplemented compared to other OTMs and ITMs. As producers consider OTMs for production, paying attention to molecular structure and bioavailability could enable animals to reach their full genetic potential and boost profitability.