Producers, veterinarians, and scientists are all interested in the role of trace minerals in animal production. A variety of metabolic functions require adequate trace mineral intake and absorption, including reproduction and immune response to pathogenic challenges, growth, and reproduction.
Because of the differences in biological trace mineral status between livestock and avian species, mineral supplementation strategies can quickly become complicated. This is critical to ensure optimal production in modern animal production systems.
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Because there are no obvious signs to indicate a subclinical or marginal deficiency can be more serious than acute mineral deficiency. However, the animals will continue to grow and reproduce at a slower rate. The animal's trace mineral status begins to decline. This is followed by an increase in fertility and immunity, then a decrease in maximum growth.
Trace mineral function
To understand the role that trace minerals play in animal production, it is important that you recognize trace elements as functional components of many metabolic events. Four broad categories can be used to describe trace mineral functions: physiological, regulatory, catalytic, and structural.
The structural function is the function of minerals that form structural components in body tissues and organs. One example is zinc's contribution to the membrane and molecular stability. When minerals in body fluids or tissues act as electrolytes to keep acid-base balance and membrane permeability, it is called physiological function.
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