The quality of rations you feed your livestock will directly impact their health, and in turn your pocket. A key consideration for farmers is what sort of additives are present in their stock feed. Sodium Bentonite has traditionally been used as a pellet binder in stock feed for sheep, cattle, pigs and poultry. While effective at this central function, there are alternatives which may be better suited for ensuring the health and vitality of your livestock.
Zeolite (NuFeed) is a naturally occurring, environmentally safe substitute for Sodium Bentonite with this product becoming the preferred input in the dairy/poultry farming industry. It functions as well as Sodium Bentonite, to improve pellet quality, durability for easier storage and handling of stock feeds. It also functions as an anti-caking agent when included in the formulation process, creating a more reliable output for manufacturers and distributers alike.
Stock feeds with Zeolite (NuFeed) have shown to offer significant health benefits for the animals by stimulating the immune system, allowing your livestock to ward off disease. It is able to absorb other harmful gases created by the digestive process such as ammonia, which would otherwise require a natural detoxification process that would expend unnecessary energy that would otherwise go into digestion. In addition to this, it also bonds to Mycotoxins (niv), (don) and Aflatoxins B1, B2, G1, G2, ochraoxin, zeralenone and sporidesminand, which are a known contaminate in stock feeds. Zeolite (NuFeed) binds the potentially harmful toxins and channels them through the digestive system without having an adverse effect on your animal’s health.
By absorbing various gases, there is also a significant reduction in the odour normally associated with facilities dedicated to animal rearing. Some farmers find they get used to it, but by using Zeolite (NuFeed) based pelletized feeds they won’t have to any longer. It is also capable of cutting the overall cost of feed, allowing farmers more room within their financial margins to further invest in their property. This is achieved through increased feed performance, as nutrients from pellets are more effectively absorbed by livestock, meaning less overall stock feed will be required to fulfill the same dietary requirements; meaning that the addition on Zeolite based additives pay for themselves.
Sodium Bentonite has served farmers well over the past years, with new, natural alternatives like Zeolite (NuFeed) emerging onto the market in recent times, savvy farmers have begun to adapt these compounds into feed for their stock. The based pellet additives perform all the same functions, in addition to a host of new benefits for livestock and farmers alike.