Animal Husbandry Pamphlet 1
Minerals have many important functions in the body and their needs in livestock rations have been known for many years. Bone and teeth are composed chiefly of minerals which are necessary for their proper growth and development. In addition to these functions, minerals are necessary constituents of soft tissue and body fluids and play important roles in the regulation of body processes. In spite of the known need for minerals for a long time, much remains to be learned about specific requirements, mineral content of feeds, mineral balances and factors affecting these. It is recognized that the requirements of an animal will vary depending upon such factors as age, sex, rate of gain, pregnancy and milk production. The mineral content of feeds is influenced by the kind of crop, soil upon which grown, and the fertilizer used. These facts make the problem of supplying the proper amount of minerals to livestock by no means simple.
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South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station
Embry, Lawrence B., "Feeding Minerals to Livestock Important" (1954). Agricultural Experiment Station Animal Husbandry Pamphlets. 3.