What is mineral and why do we supplement?
Mineral supplements are a necessary part of a successful nutritional program to maintain productivity in your livestock. Minerals contribute to the efficiency of essential body functions. Not only is a full nutrition program vital for maintaining the health of your cows during pregnancy and calving, but research shows that higher nutrient intake of the cow allows for greater nutrient transfer to the fetus. This "fetal programming" affects the offspring’s DNA in such a way that they are able to utilize nutrients and minerals more than offspring that were exposed to less minerals in utero.
Additionally, while minerals are important to bodily functions, they can also contribute to the potential health problems caused by high levels of antagonistic minerals in livestock water sources. For example, a water source with high sulfur content can be troublesome because high sulfur levels can restrict water intake of the animal. The sulfur in the water can bind with copper to make it unavailable to the animal. To manage this, some herds will require higher levels of copper in their diets. This slight change in the diet can help reduce sickness and death loss when the calves go through the feedlot.
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