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The use of naturally occurring minerals in animal feed

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Published: Monday, 22 September 2014

The term usually applied to food prepared for domesticated livestock is ‘fodder,’ which is primarily composed of natural organic ingredients such as hay, straw, silage, pelleted foods, oils, grains, legumes and molasses as well as spent grain from breweries and distilleries and DDGS (distiller’s dried grains with solubles), from bio-ethanol production. Frank Hart* looks into the use of naturally-occurring minerals in animal feed.

By Frank Hart*

A large range of additives are used in animal feed, including, but not limited to, antibiotics; vitamins; antioxidants; amino acids; enzymes; acidifiers; probiotics and minerals.

The term minerals can be used to describe salt and metal compounds, which provide trace elements such as zinc and selenium. To...

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