Avoid sulphates, they can have a negative impact on rumen flora and gut barrier function
Trace minerals support biological functions that are required for proper immune function, reproduction, and growth. They are present in forages and other feeds used in cattle, but supplementation is often needed to meet the needs of the animal. Stability and thus availability of the trace mineral source differs a lot. Traditionally, minerals have been categorized as either organic or inorganic, but a newly defined category of trace minerals, known as hydroxy trace minerals, became available recently. Recent research finds sulphate sources of trace minerals, which are the most commonly used inorganic sources, may harm dairy cows’ physiological performance, because they reduce NDF digestibility and negatively impact gut barrier function.
IntelliBond is proven to be an effective source of copper, zinc and manganese for animals. The low solubility of IntelliBond at neutral pH results in less interaction in the feed/premix and in the upper gastrointestinal tract in ruminants. This means more metal is available for use by the animal where it is needed most59,60,61,62. Exclusive OptiSize® particle technology creates uniform particles, making IntelliBond non-hygroscopic.