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on January 12, 2017

Mineral relative bioavailability misconceptions explained

Availability, in absolute terms, refers to the amount of a nutrient that is available to the animal for metabolism and incorporation into tissues.

While visiting EuroTier 2016 last November, I had several discussions that involved minerals in animal feeds: the likes of copper, zinc, manganese, phosphorus and calcium. Regardless of the purpose of the discussion or the mineral in question, I often encountered a misconception that I managed to resolve for myself…

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