Efficacy of chelated minerals; review of literature


Patton R. 1997. Efficacy of chelated minerals; review of literature. In Proceedings of the Second Conference on Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition, AZA Nutrition Advisory Group, Fort Worth, TX.


The recent report (Leach and Patton, 1997) of an assay procedure for chelated minerals removes an obstacle that has long hindered consideration of chelates by the animal feed industry. In the absence of a reliable assay, it is understandable that some would hesitate to embrace a technology that’s existence could not be proven empirically. Nonetheless, circumstantial evidence kept most minds open to the issue, as there was no ready explanation for such things as the classic experiment of Neathery et al. (1972) at the University of Georgia.

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