Mineral deficiency can have a marked effect on productivity, particularly on growth, reproductive performance and health. Performance of livestock in Indian conditions is mainly governed by the quality and quantity of nutrients provided in the diet. Commercial mineral mixtures comprising the essential minerals are available for large ruminants like cattle and buffalo. Small ruminants like sheep and goat have specific mineral requirements which is quite different from the large ruminants. Of late, sheep and goat rearing is becoming more intensive in some regions. Depending on the mineral requirement of sheep and goat, their feeding habitat, mineral status of feeds and fodders used in feeding practice and most limiting minerals, specific mineral mixture formulations were prepared for sheep and goat. These formulations were tested in sheep and goat in organised farms and found to improve growth and health. Results have shown better weight gain, low mortality and higher immune status in animals supplemented with mineral mixture.
Depending on the cost of supplementing mineral mixture, active life span of sheep/goat and benefits accrued in terms of better growth and immunity the cost: benefit ratio is 1:1.90.
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