MINTREX Cu maximizes performance.
MINTREX® Cu chelated trace mineral is a fully-defined, guaranteed structure that delivers 15 percent copper as copper methionine hydroxy analogue chelate with a 78 percent methionine value. MINTREX Cu is a highly bioavailable source of copper, protected by HMTBa, the active ingredient in ALIMET® feed supplement.
Importance of Copper
Copper forms part of enzymes which play an important role in immune sunction, protection against oxidative stress, energy metabolism and connective tissue (specially collagen) formation. Collagen is the main structural protein that provides strength in tissues such as tendons, bones, skin and intestines.
Deficiencies in copper can lead to structural defects such as increased rates of leg, tendon and intestinal breaks during growth and/or processing, as well as compromised growth performance. Because copper has low natural bioavailability and absorption in the animal, it must be supplemented. Supplying animals with an effective source of copper is key to optimized animal health.
Value of MINTREX Cu
Greater absorption and bioavailability than inorganic and other organic trace mineral solutions Reduced inclusion rates result in similar or increased performance including body weight gain, feed conversion ratio and livability Improved stability in the relatively low pH of the upper GI tract Helps reduce losses due to antagonisms Reduces break-up or dissociation of the mineral Ligand provides methionine value
Many trials have demonstrated that the higher bioavailability of MINTREX Cu allows producers to meet the nutritional requirement of the animal with low levels of inclusion, and that there are benefits of feeding MINTREX Cu at these lower levels. A trial conducted with dairy cattle compared the relative bioavailabilty of MINTREX Cu to inorganics and an amino acid complex. In a study done at Cornell University, dairy cattle were supplemented copper from an inorganic, amino acid complex of MINTREX. The cows supplemented with MINTREX showed a significant increase in liver copper over controls (Figure 1). Another trial with broilers compared inorganic trace minerals at higher commercial levels vs. MINTREX chelated trace minerals at lower levels. An experiment where birds were supplemented with MINTREX showed significant improvements in structural integrity of tissue, as measured by reduced footpad lesions relative to the control (Figure 2).