Category: Micro-Minerals

The Importance of Micro-Minerals: Iron 11 / 28 / 2015

By Dr. Gene P. Gengelbach, Ph.D., P.A.S. Iron (Fe) is the most abundant element (by weight) on Earth, since it makes up most of the Earth’s core, and is the fourth most common element in the Earth’s crust. However, Fe is considered as a trace- or mic… Read More

cows eating hay iodine 07 / 24 / 2015

By K. E. Lanka, Ph.D., P.A.S. What is Iodine, and Why is it Important to Cattle? Iodine (I) is one of seven generally recognized micro minerals needed in the diets of dairy cattle and other animals.  It is unique among minerals, because a deficiency… Read More

beef and dairy cattle cobalt 05 / 6 / 2015

By Dr. Dan Schauff, Ph.D., PAS What is Cobalt, and Why is it Important? Cobalt is an essential trace mineral for ruminant animals such as dairy and beef cattle, sheep and goats. The main function of cobalt in ruminants is to be a component of vitamin… Read More

Micro-Minerals: Molybdenum 03 / 8 / 2015

By David Donaldson, B.Agr, N.Sch, P.A.S. Molybdenum is required in small amounts in the diets of farm animals. No discussion on the requirements of Molybdenum (Mo) can be considered without also considering the Copper requirements of the animal. Earl… Read More

image of woman w cattle 01 / 8 / 2015

By Dr. Aimee Hafla, Ph.D., P.A.S. Selenium is a necessary mineral for both humans and animals, and naturally occurs in varying concentrations within the soil in all parts of the world.  Available selenium in the soil is taken up by many plants, inclu… Read More

The Importance of Micro-Minerals: Manganese 09 / 1 / 2014

By James C. Coomer, Ph.D., P.A.S. What is Manganese, and why is it important? Manganese (Mn) is an important trace mineral (required in very small quantities). It is involved in many aspects of both plant and animal life, primarily as an enzyme activ… Read More