Dr. Francis Fluharty. Professor and Head. Department of Animal and Dairy Science.
The major nutritional requirements are: water, energy, protein, minerals, and vitamins. In many cases, beef producers do a good job of providing adequate water, energy, and protein. However, many beef producers buy ‘cheap’ minerals, ignoring the fact that the bioavailability of minerals influences animal performance and consequently the return of investment associated with mineral supplementation. In this article, Dr. Fluharty goes over the production and economic consequences of utilizing lower-quality mineral alternatives.