ESQORT RUMEN BYPASS KEY TRACE MINERALS
100% PROTECTED TRACE MINERALS
Included in every formula, Esqort® is Riomax's blend of 100% protected trace minerals. A combination of copper, manganese, zinc and selenium.
What does 100% protected mean?
The trace minerals are escorted through the rumen, protected from any tie-up or antagonistic effect.
This ensures the trace minerals move unchanged to the abomasum, where the low pH environment slowly converts each trace mineral into a form that will allow for its absorption within the small intestine.
The rumen can be thought of as a 55 gallon fermentation vat, with the passage through the rumen being extremely harsh. Antagonists such as iron, sulfur and molybdenum tie up non protected trace minerals such as Sulfates and Oxides, and once the trace mineral becomes bound with antagonists, they remain bound as they travel through the digestive tract. They are rendered useless to the animal, as they cannot be absorbed into the bloodstream.
*Product availability and formulation may differ in Canada due to CFIA regulations.
Research shows that these sulfates and oxides are more detrimental than we previously realized. We have always known that they were less ‘available’ and become easily tied-up with antagonists such as iron/sulfur and molybdenum. Studies have shown, however, that sulfates and oxides negatively affect vitamins in the feed as well as beneficial microbes that are required for fiber digestion. We see the use of sulfates and oxides in key trace minerals as a triple-negative, and thus rely on the Esqort® Trace Mineral Technology for 100% of the key trace mineral ingredients.
How does Esqort "fill the bucket?"
The best way to understand the concept of a calf's mineral levels is to imagine that every calf has a mineral bucket. Everything contributing to its health and performance after it is born needs to be in that bucket. In order for the calf to develop and to stay healthy in the first month's of it's life, it needs to have a full mineral bucket. Hence the developmental success and health of the calf after it's born depends on having a full mineral bucket while it's still a the fetus.
Over 70% of the fetus growth happens during the 3rd trimester, and that's why it's paramount to ensure that mama is getting sufficient minerals that she can then pass on to the fetus. Esqort® protected key trace minerals are designed to make it all the way through the rumen, into the small intestine, and ultimately into the bloodstream. Then it makes it's way to the fetus, in order to provide minerals that are critically needed for performance and growth...and filling up that bucket.
Because Esqort® contains 100% protected trace minerals like copper, zinc, manganese, and selenium, those minerals have the very highest chance of making it to the calf's mineral bucket. It's essential for calves to be born with a full 'bucket', because once they are born, they get very few vitamins and minerals through mama's milk. A sufficient mineral reserve allows calves to stay healthy, grow, and start their life off right.