December 2011
Feeding Facts

Don’t Overlook Mineral and Vitamin Supplements

I want to take this opportunity to introduce you to a new line of mineral and vitamin supplements being made available through your local Quality Co-op. We are adding Formax™ Mineral and Vitamin Supplements to our current product line as another source of high-quality, economically-priced products available for your consideration.

I believe mineral and vitamin supplementation, while often overlooked, is essential for adequate performance in all stages of cattle production. Minerals play an essential role in the structural component of bone, nerve transmission, fluid balance, enzyme and hormone systems, and reproduction. Calcium, phosphorus, sodium, chlorine, potassium, magnesium and sulfur are macro minerals. Cobalt, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium and zinc are micro minerals. While the requirement for macrominerals is higher than the animal’s requirements for micro minerals, each is equally important in ensuring the animal is healthy and as productive as possible. These minerals should be provided on a daily basis in a palatable form that is highly available to the animal.

Vitamins are also an essential part of an animal’s diet. Vitamins are organic compounds required for normal growth, development, reproduction and immunity. Vitamins are divided into two classes. The fat-soluble vitamins include vitamins A, D, E and K. B-complex vitamins along with vitamin C make up the water-soluble vitamins. Cattle do not have a dietary requirement for vitamin C while B-complex vitamins are synthesized by rumen microbes. Most commercial mineral mixes will only contain the fat-soluble vitamins unless you’re using a specific mineral mix for certain stages of production like heavily-stressed calves or brood cows under tight reproductive constraints like short breeding season, artificial insemination or embryo transfer situations.

Formax™ Minerals were formulated and manufactured by Alabama Farmers Cooperative specifically for Southeastern livestock consuming Southeastern forages. With unique forages in Alabama, a mineral and vitamin supplement formulated for these forages will better meet the needs of your livestock. Formax™ offers a Gold, Silver and Bronze line of both a breeder and grazing mineral to meet your livestock’s specific needs.

Formax™ also includes medicated products, fly control products and ones including ionophores along with a goat and horse mineral. Formax™ Minerals are formulated and manufactured in a way to provide a palatable, consistent product at an economical price to meet and exceed your expectations for a quality supplement.

With the large number of mineral and vitamin supplements available, what makes Formax™ Minerals different from other supplements on the market? As mentioned earlier, Formax™ Minerals are formulated to match what is lacking in Southeastern forages. While some companies formulate strictly based on economics, Formax™ is formulated in a way to give the most for every dollar spent and to provide a supplement matching your forage needs.

All Formax™ Minerals also contain Xtra Dry. When free-choice minerals are exposed to rainfall, there is a common concern as to how much of the minerals are lost by leaching. Xtra Dry is a free-flowing powder that improves weather-resistance and anti-caking capabilities. When using any Formax™ Mineral, you will have a product that will repel moisture, reduce leaching of nutrients, remains free flowing, and will not affect palatably or mineral stability. In Alabama, with humid summers and wet winters, the addition of Xtra Dry in all Formax™ Minerals will be very beneficial to the producer as well as the animal consuming the product.

All Formax™ Mineral and Vitamin Supplements also contain added flavoring for palatability. When you open a bag of Formax™ Mineral, you will smell an aroma that is sweet and encouraging for easy acceptability on the part of your livestock. This aroma is unique to all Formax™ Minerals.

Another benefit of Formax™ Minerals is the addition of Mintrex®. Mintrex® is added to all Formax™ Minerals, offering the producer Mintrex® Chelated Technology. Chelated trace minerals are chemically bound to an amino acid improving the bioavailability and utilization of the chelated trace minerals. Mintrex® chelated trace minerals use organic methionine-based ligand which remains attached to the mineral in the rumen. This process increases absorption across the intestinal wall. The addition of Mintrex® will help support reproductive performance, immune response and hoof health.

Formax™ Minerals should be provided free-choice at all times and mineral feeders should not be located more than one-half mile apart. Mineral feeders should be located near water tanks, loafing areas and areas of best grazing. When using a high-quality Formax™ Supplement on a consistent basis, consumption should be between four and six ounces per head per day and will cost the producer pennies a day per head to provide a high-quality, palatable, complete mineral and vitamin supplement.

Formax™ Minerals offers a grazing line for cattle susceptible to grass tetney, a breeder line for reproductive performance, medicated minerals for cattle susceptible to anaplasmosis or shipping fever, fly control minerals for spring and summer fly control, minerals containing an ionophore for growth and feed efficiency, and an all-purpose mineral that can be fed year-round without changing formulations.

We believe, when you consider our formulations along with the advantages discussed, you will find Formax™ Supplements will be a superior product to other supplements in the marketplace.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please visit your local Co-op or contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I also would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you the very best this holiday season and to thank you for your support of your local Quality Co-op over the past year.

Jimmy Hughes is AFC’s animal nutritionist. He looks forward to hearing from you or visiting with you in the future.