Collaboration supports efforts to promote food safety and quality control through animal nutrition
Micronutrients USA (Micronutrients) and Kemin Industries (Kemin) are partnering to introduce IntelliBond® VITAL 5 Cr, the world’s first nutrition package containing six essential trace minerals to support dairy and beef cattle well-being and performance. The introduction of IntelliBond VITAL 5 Cr comes at a time when concern is rising about the integrity of feed ingredients sourced from outside the United States. Both Micronutrients and Kemin are U.S.-based manufacturers focused on providing dairy and beef cattle nutritionists with safe, high-quality nutritional ingredients.
The new offering delivers zinc, manganese, copper, cobalt and iodine from Micronutrient’s essential IntelliBond VITAL 5 blend, with the added power of Kemin’s KemTRACE® Chromium. KemTRACE Chromium – the first FDA-approved source of chromium propionate – is a safe, proven trace mineral backed by more than 20 years of scientific research.
“Food safety and quality control will always be top priorities for U.S. dairymen and cattlemen. Producers’ dedication to quality determines the ingredients used in their feed rations, and ultimately leads to a safe product for the end consumer,” said Jeff Murphy, Senior Vice President, Commercial Division, Kemin Animal Nutrition and Health – North America.
Beyond providing trusted feed ingredients sourced entirely from the U.S., the IntelliBond trace minerals and KemTRACE Chromium in IntelliBond VITAL 5 Cr help support animal health and performance.
“Combining IntelliBond and KemTRACE technologies allows us to bring to market a product that eases the delivery of trace minerals to the diet,” said Dr. Scott Fry, Director – Technical Sales Support at Micronutrients. “Together, these products bring highly available sources of copper, zinc and manganese from IntelliBond to improve fiber digestibility, while KemTRACE Chromium has proven benefits during the transition period in dairy cattle, faster recovery by heat-stressed cattle, improvements in receiving cattle performance and increased carcass weight of feedlot cattle.”
The rumen-friendly and bioavailable IntelliBond trace minerals in IntelliBond VITAL 5 Cr provide the copper, zinc, manganese, cobalt and iodine that dairy and beef cattle require for normal bodily functions and productivity in a uniform, easy-to-handle particle. KemTRACE Chromium delivers a highly bioavailable, organic source of chromium that helps improve glucose utilization for increased cellular energy and function, resulting in better animal maintenance, reproduction, growth and immunity.
Remarking on the collaboration between the two companies, Dr. Fry stated, “Kemin and Micronutrients are committed to delivering products supported with strong science and a high level of quality assurance. The market is interested in chromium, and we see an opportunity to bring a new product to market by having our VITAL blend technology serve as a vehicle delivering a very low inclusion product to dairy and beef cattle diets in an economical fashion.”
By combining ingredients from Micronutrients and Kemin into a single nutrition package, the companies aim to provide a high-quality, economical source of six essential trace minerals to support animal performance, while offering the assurance of ingredients sourced in the U.S.