How does urea work and why is it toxic?

Urea is a source of non-protein nitrogen. Non-protein nitrogen is nitrogen not derived from protein, hence they are nitrogen sources. Urea is broken down to ammonia and carbon dioxide in the rumen. The ammonia is used by the rumen microorganisms to build their own bodies producing microbial crude protein. The microbes are washed from the [...]

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Can horses eat urea?

Yes they can. However a horse cannot utilize urea like ruminants as urea is quickly absorbed from the small intestine and excreted before reaching the hindgut (where non-protein nitrogen would be converted to useful protein). Horses are less likely to suffer from urea toxicity than ruminants tolerating up to 500grams of urea in their daily [...]

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What is Rumensin?

Rumensin is a rumen modifier. Rumen modifiers modify the rumen environment, which in turn modifies the composition of the microorganisms. Rumensin favours the microorganisms that produce propionate - energy, and reduces the microorganisms that produce waste - methane. This means Rumensin improves feed conversion efficiency. Therefore, at the same level of feed intake, animal production [...]

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How long can molasses mixes be stored in tanks for?

Molasses containing: Urea Only: Long Periods - If the urea is completely dissolved than there will be no separation issues. Rumensin: 3 - 4 months - after this period of time the Rumensin starts to settle out and therefore the molasses at the bottom of the tank will have a lower concentration of Rumensin than [...]

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What does total protein mean in the lick analysis?

Total protein is the combination of both crude protein and equivalent crude protein, (Crude Protein + Equiv Crude Protein = Total Protein). Crude protein is made up of true protein usually from the inclusion of protein meals, grains, etc. Equivalent crude protein is derived from non-protein nitrogen sources such as urea and gran-am. (Non-protein nitrogen [...]

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Phosphorus Deficiency – Why is phosphorus important? When should it be fed? How much phosphorus do cattle and sheep require? What are the symptoms?

Why is phosphorus important? Phosphorus is found in all animal tissues and fluids and is involved in many body functions such as energy transfer reactions. Therefore, it affects every activity in the body, including growth and reproduction. When should phosphorus be fed? Phosphorus requirements are related to the animal's intake of protein and energy. When [...]

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