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on June 7, 2017

Understanding vitamin D's role in livestock health

Vitamin D plays a significant role in bone metabolism, controlling how much calcium and phosphorus are released or absorbed from bones.

Vitamin D may be described as the sunlight vitamin because it is formed naturally in the skin of animals exposed to ultraviolet light. In most cases, with enough sunlight, animals can cover their full needs in vitamin D only by biosynthesis. However, this is not always the case because natural…

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