Minnesota Patent of the Month – September 2021

Cobalt is an important inorganic mineral for livestock and animal nutrition. It helps them to produce vitamin B12. When cobalt is eaten, it is taken up by the microorganisms in the digestive tract and then used to produce B12. When obtained from plants, cobalt is released in a variety of different forms which may make it difficult for the gut bacteria to uptake it. But B12 is used in metabolic processes as well as immune function and reproduction. Ralco Nutrition Inc. understands the importance of a nutritional food supply which gives all the required inorganic materials and nutrients. That’s why they have recently formulated some organically chelated mineral compositions for use in animal feed. 

Their formulation uses carboxylic acid in combination with the inorganic minerals in a solution. The reaction is allowed to take place for as long as needed, until the inorganic minerals are sufficiently chelated. Chelation is a type of bonding of ions and molecules to metal ions. This product is then transferred to a vessel with molds, where the product is deposited and allowed to solidify in the desired shape. The final product needs to be rapidly soluble so that the mineral product is ready and quick to use. It can be delivered to the animals either in their feed or used as a fertilizer on crops that are then used for feed for the animals. 

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