Zinc oxide can be used as a source of zinc as a trace element for livestock. Trace elements are essential in livestock nutrition as these elements have important effects on the animal organism. Even in small quantities, they are linked to the function of enzymes and hormones. They cannot be replaced by other elements in the metabolism. Zinc is, besides iron, the most common trace element and plays an active role in the function of more than 300 enzymes and hormones. For instance, zinc deficiency causes poor growth, loss of appetite, and a bad feed conversion rate. It also has an important function in defense enzymes.
This technical grade of free flowing zinc oxide powder with 72/75% of zinc content is used as a source of zinc for livestock. It is included in the animal feed, mostly via a premix with other trace elements. Afox is dioxin free, has a GMP+ certification and the impurities are strictly controlled.
Zinc oxide W-78 is a direct or American process zinc oxide, which is produced by a reduction-oxidation process, followed by a special treatment resulting in a high quality zinc oxide. W-78 has a low level of impurity, which makes its use appropriate in most agricultural applications.