Zinc is an essential component of over 200 enzyme systems which are involved in the metabolism of carbohydrate, protein and nucleic acid, epithelial tissue integrity, cell repair and division, vitamin A and E transport and their utilization.
In addition, Zinc plays a major role in the immune system and certain reproductive hormones.
Zinc has a critical role in the repair and maintenance of the uterine lining following parturition, speeding return to normal reproductive function and oestrus.
Zinc is mainly stored in the liver, pancreas, bone, skin and hair.
ZINC IN RUMINANT NUTRITION
Zinc is a very important mineral for ruminants; its deficiency causes poor growth, loss of appetite, and a bad feed conversion rate. Due to its crucial function in defense enzymes (copper-zinc superoxid dismutase), zinc deficiency reduces resistance. In dairy cows, zinc deficiency is visible through bad hoof horn quality, reduced fertility and poor udder health.
ZINC IN POULTRY NUTRITION
Zinc plays an important role in poultry, particularly for layers, as a component of a number of metalloenzymes such as carbonic anhydrase which is essential for eggshell formation in the hens shell gland. Classic deficiency symptoms of a zinc deficiency in poultry could include a suppressed immune system, poor feathering and dermatitis, infertility and poor shell quality.
ZINC IN SWINE NUTRITION
Zinc is also essential for swine nutrition. Most of the enzymes in pigs require zinc for their normal structure and function. It forms an essential part of insulin.
Pigs deficient in zinc show poor growth, poor appetite and a skin thickening called parakeratosis.
ZINC IN AQUA NUTRITION
In order for fish and shrimp to reach their full genetic and nutritional potential, it is important that they receive the right minerals.
Organic trace minerals cannot only positively impact animal health, performance, producers’ profitability and environment.