Mineral Nutrition

What is the importance of minerals for poultry health & production?

Minerals are crucial for metabolic functions of poultry which helps to support growth & development, enzyme activities, immune functions, health & the reproductive performance during poultry production.

Supplementation of adequate quantity of minerals is critical because large number of feed ingredient used in poultry feed are not having enough mineral composition & bioavailability to recure from the mineral losses during egg and meat production, growth as well as excretion.

Mineral deficiency challenges lead to poor production & health of the birds. That’s why it is advised by nutritionist to add require amount of both major & trace minerals in all phases of poultry feed.

In the current scenario of the uncertain prices and availability of raw materials, what factors should be considered during grain storage? Does grain treatment help grain storage for longer intervals?

Storage of grains in silos has become important in today’s scenario for greater time lengths due to uncertainties of bad crop affecting unavailability, high prices of raw material etc. The major alterations to stored grain that can be attributed to fungal invasion include discoloration of either the germ or embryo or the entire seed or kernel, mustiness, potential production of harmful toxins, biochemical changes within the grain, and loss in weight and nutritive value. These changes may occur before the mold becomes visible to the naked eye. Fungi are common throughout nature; factors like moisture content of grain, temperature and length of storage plays a part in mold development.

Nutrient loss due to molds is captured in the table:

Material

ME(Kcal/Kg)

CP(%)

Fat(%)

Good Corn​

3.410​

8.9​

4.0​

Moldy Corn​

3.252​

8.3​

1.5​

Nutrient loss​

158​

0.6​

2.5​

Nutrient loss (%)

4.6

6.7

62.5

Treatment with Fylax Forte HC Liq prolongs shelf life of corn, grain, feed ingredients by reducing mould risk​ by preventing moisture loss , maintain less water activity and reducing mould count .