Manufacture Of Mineral Mixes

Mineral elements exist in many chemical forms including sulfates, carbonates, chlorides, oxides, and organic forms (e.g., amino acid complexes). The form chosen for use should depend on its biological value, cost, availability in the area, its stability and effect in the type of diet used, and other functions. A particular expertise is required to produce mineral blocks. If the block is too hard, consumption will be reduced; if not hard enough, the product will crumble. Safe, biologically available and palatable forms of the minerals, at a fair price, allow both the user and manufacturer to realize a profit from their use.

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