Trace elements: Essential and indispensable
Trace elements are essential micronutrients required by all animals. Insufficient amounts in the feed can have severe consequences including lower feed intake, growth reduction, impaired immune function, and reduced fertility in the animal.
In the past, trace elements were added to the feed in the form of inorganic salts such as sulfates and oxides. Only a limited percentage was absorbed by the animal – the major part ended up in the manure. Quite a waste both financially and environmentally.
Today, organically-bound trace elements such as glycinates are commonly used in animal feeds, since they show higher bioavailability. This results in increased animal performance and better animal vitality and productivity. BASF glycinates can be dissolved directly in water and do not need to be dissolved beforehand. Since they have less potential to build complexes with phytate a higher absorption rate by gut mucosa and even a higher efficiency from supplemented phytase can be expected.
Benefits of BASF´s Iron-Glycinate
-Provide essential micronutrients required by all animals
-Highly efficient based on high degree of complexation
-Good solubility for optimal absorption
-Easy to handle and high bioavailability