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Research Shows Copper Improves Pig Performance

17 June 2013

Novus International

US - Supplementing nursery pigs with MINTREX® Cu chelated trace mineral significantly improved daily gain by three per cent and feed conversion ratio by 2.6 per cent versus other forms of trace minerals, according to a recent meta-analysis of available study results.

The meta-analysis on MINTREX Cu supplementation in nursery pigs included seven studies conducted between 2008 and 2013 at research facilities in Missouri and Colorado. Studies in China, Brazil and Europe on growing-finishing pig diets were also reviewed.

The results showed that weaned pigs fed MINTREX Cu had a reduction in diarrhea incidence by 23 per cent, as compared to other trace mineral forms. And, growing-finishing pigs fed the supplement experienced an improved immune response and improved digestibility in a basic corn-soybean diet.

"It's important to meet a pig's nutritional needs during critical growing periods to improve feed intake and feed efficiency, and promote growth," said Yulin Ma, PhD, swine nutrition research specialist, Novus International, Inc. "Although copper is needed in only small amounts, this research presents compelling evidence that the trace mineral contributes to optimal pig performance, and that the unique properties of MINTREX Cu make it the best choice for producers."

MINTREX Cu from Novus International, Inc., is a highly bioavailable source of copper and the only mineral chelated with ALIMET® feed supplement. Research has proven that MINTREX delivers more bioavailable trace mineral to the small intestine than other leading organic trace minerals. The more bioavailable a mineral is, the lower the dietary concentration needed and the less mineral excreted to the environment. Increased bioavailability reduces feed costs and minimizes nutrient waste.

Copper is an essential component of a functional immune system and contributes to performance in a variety of ways including iron utilization, nutrient absorption and digestion, and general metabolic function. Copper also has similar antibacterial and growth.

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