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Value of Chelated Trace Minerals
When trace minerals such as copper, manganese and zinc are used in feed at recommended levels, animals are enabled to perform to their genetic potential. When these trace minerals are deficient, the results are lower reproduction, depressed immune system response, lower bone density, reduced feed efficiency, ill health and increased mortality.
The challenge facing nutritionists is to feed the most bioavailable trace minerals possible. At Novus, we believe that bioavailability is strongly linked to the percentage of mineral chelation as can be found in our MINTREX® chelated trace mineral line of products.
While chelation can be measured in a laboratory setting, the most effective way to assess the efficacy on the farm is by looking at the results of improved flock health.
Enhanced Footpad Health
Footpad lesions can decrease exportability and cut into profit margins. Novus studies have shown the right diet can reduce footpad lesions substantially. Proper nutrition can be a major factor in raising both the quantity and quality of your export paws. In fact, a zero grade can be worth nearly twice as much as a downgraded paw.
Feeding the correct ration can mean a big increase in export profitability. Highly bio-available minerals strengthen the soles of the feet, making them more resistant to footpad issues. Proper amino acid nutrition enables maximum tissue integrity where it counts. Enzymes assist to aggressively reduce protein and nitrogen excretions.
The results from a Novus study completed in Brazil showed over 50% of the control flock with footpad lesions of Grade 1 or greater. Only 20% of the group fed MINTREX chelated trace minerals presented foot scores above zero. Adding MINTREX to the ration was more than twice as effective in reducing footpad dermatitis.