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Mineral Nutrition: Part 1 of 5

Posted by Travis Meteer -

Mineral nutrition isn't a topic that gets much press. It's not glamorous like all-time-high cattle prices, teetering land values, antibiotic policy, feed additive black listing, and so on (that's why I need this sentence to get your attention). Mineral requirements of beef cattle are well established and have been around for years. However, mineral nutrition is being overlooked by many cattlemen and as a result bleeding profits from the bottom line.

It is easy to overlook minerals as they make up a very small portion of the daily intake of beef cattle. Despite the small amounts consumed, minerals play a huge and vital role in normal function of the animal.

Minerals are divided into two categories: Macromineral and Microminerals (Trace Minerals). Both are equally important, but trace minerals are required in smaller amounts.

Macro minerals: Calcium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Chlorine, Magnesium, Potassium, Sulfur

Microminerals: Iron, Zinc, Manganese, Copper, Iodine, Cobalt, Selenium

Each mineral has a long list of functions. Click here to read into these functions further.

This website hosts a tool that allows you to evaluate your mineral tag called the "Mineral Feed Tag Evaluator".

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