Swine Nutritional Necessities
Minerals by Necie Davis
Functions of Minerals in the Body
Minerals play a huge role in growing swine. Swine need them more than other live stock because they reproduce at an early age and they have a rapid growth rate. Another difference is that swine typically have bigger litters than the rest of livestock.The main minerals are calcium, phosphorus, sodium, and chlorine. The trace minerals are potassium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, iodine, iron, copper, and selenium. Functions of minerals in the body include:
* Metabolism of protein, fats, and carbohydrates
* The structure of chromosomes, enzymes, nerves, blood, skeleton, hair and milk
* Assisting in reproduction
* Growth and production
* Assists in building up a resistance to diseases and parasites
* Assisting with digestion
Three Most Common Sources of Minerals
This has a lot of protein which is good for most minerals.
Ground cobs, corn meal, whole kernels are a few examples of ways swine can eat corn.
Some minerals are not covered by the two previous sources. Nutritional supplements will compensate for those not covered.