Effect of Trace Minerals on the Environment

Forum: Mineral Balances on Dairy Farms. Effect of Trace Minerals on the Environment

Published on: 07/25/2011
Author/s : Alejandro R. Castillo, Ph.D. (UC Cooperative Extension)
INTRODUCTIONIn the past 30 yr, one of the strategies to supply dietary minerals for dairy animals was to cover a high proportion (50 % or more) of dairy animal requirements with a mineral mix composition with minimal or, in some cases, no consideration of mineral content in the other dietary ingredients, i.e. forages, grains, and byproducts. In some cases, data f...
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Dr Usama Tayyab Dr Usama Tayyab
Animal Nutritionist
July 25, 2011

Really knowledgeable article about Mineral Balances on Dairy Farms sir


Anna Catharina Berge Anna Catharina Berge
PhD in Comparative Pathology
Berge Veterinary Consulting Berge Veterinary Consulting
Brabant, Belgium
July 26, 2011

Dr Castillo.
A very good article about Mineral Balances on Dairy Farms. Where do you see the future in mineral supplementation in the form of bioplexed or organic minerals? These could be fed at lower doses due to higher bioavailability to the animals and thereby reduce excretion. 

Kind regards,
Catharina Berge

Drmuhammad Shafique Drmuhammad Shafique
Veterinary Doctor
August 5, 2011

Balance ration is prime requirement of modern dairy farm and their excretion in manure have a major impact on green house gasses emission.it has also impact on the crop when the manure is used in the field. This article is technically sound and having well knowledge about the crops which furnished the minerals to the dairy animals and their excretion in the manure. Balance ration lower the green house gasses emission.


August 26, 2011

Good Article about Dairy Farms Sir 

Alfredo J. Escribano Alfredo J. Escribano
PhD in Animal Production
April 17, 2015

In order to increase the absorption of the minerals and reduce their excretion, organic minerals of low molecular size, such as methionates or glycinates, must be used.


March 18, 2019

In order to determine the mineral requirements of dairy cattle, it's necessary to notice the analysis of water, especially in dry lands. Regards.

July 13, 2019
Mineral requirements of dairy cattle depends on the type of forage, temperature, quality of water and production . Regards.
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