Blueprint: 1. (noun) A design plan. 2. (verb) To draw up a plan or model.
Every so often, there comes a turning point in technology that renders old technology obsolete. Smartphones replaced flip phones, for example. Video streaming services put video rental stores out of business, and flat screen televisions replaced old, bulky consoles. At the beginning of each of these turning points, these new technologies may have seemed like fads or luxuries rather than necessities, but looking back, each changed the very nature of their respective industries.
Animal nutrition has reached a similar tipping point with the introduction of the Blueprint® nutrition program. Blueprint isn’t just a brand; it’s a philosophy. This philosophy rests on the main premise that mineral nutrition hasn’t kept up with modern agriculture.
The history of mineral nutrition in beef cattle can be summed up as follows: letting them survive on what they can find naturally; supplementing salt; supplementing low levels of trace minerals with salt; supplementing higher levels of inorganic minerals (oxides and sulfates) balanced with salt and other ingredients to enhance intake; and finally supplementing even higher levels of inorganic minerals, along with a percentage of organic minerals to help overcome antagonisms and deficiencies.
This leads to the next step, upon which Blueprint is based. Rather than delivering higher and higher levels with increased waste and unintended side effects, Blueprint specifically targets animal needs with only highly bioavailable trace minerals, delivered in a form as close to nature as possible.
Here’s why the Blueprint Nutrition Program is superior to past nutritional strategies.
Supplementation with inorganic trace mineral oxides and sulfates absolutely did (and still does) raise the levels (e.g., blood, liver, cellular, etc.) of these minerals within the target animals, and in turn, helps them perform better. However, the downside is that this method is highly inefficient. Higher and higher levels of these metals in the diet means higher and higher levels in the manure, which, in turn, creates potential issues with soil and water pollution.
Additionally, higher levels in the diet create a cascade effect within the animal as chemical reactions occur in both the rumen and the rest of the gastrointestinal tract to render some minerals unavailable. (For example, high levels of dietary molybdenum and sulfur result in the creation of thiomolybdates in the rumen that interfere with copper absorption.) It also causes minerals to compete for binding sites, so that an excess of one mineral creates a functional deficiency of another. Essentially, by fixing one problem with increased levels, we create several more due to unintended interactions.
Use of targeted levels of chelated Bioplex® metal proteinates and Sel-Plex® selenium yeast allows us to actually supplement LESS but retain equal or greater productivity than can be achieved by using elevated levels of inorganic sulfates and oxides. Greater bioavailablity means less waste and greater efficiency.
Another advantage of the exclusive use of Bioplex metal proteinate sources rather than commercially available sulfates or oxides from global markets is that, increasingly, metals come from recycled industrial sources rather than traditional mining. Possible contaminates from these industrial sources include heavy metals like lead, mercury or arsenic, and dioxins and PCBs. The market for traditional inorganic sulfates and oxides is heavily industrial, and a very small percentage goes toward human and animal nutrition. As such, there is no market pressure for purity. Bioplex proteinated metals are used exclusively for nutritional purposes, and the raw materials undergo a stringent quality assurance process. Roughly 30 percent of all metal sources are rejected due to unacceptable levels of contamination. With Alltech Bioplex proteinated minerals, producers are assured that their animals are getting pure ingredients.
To summarize, Blueprint by Alltech delivers organic chelated Bioplex metal proteinates and Sel-Plex selenium yeast with no inorganic sources of trace minerals. These are delivered at a rate targeted for each animal group that is LOWER than current industry standards, due to increased efficiency. Lower trace mineral levels and the reduction of sulfates and oxides in the diet reduce unwanted biochemical reactions to further increase animal efficiency. Additionally, the lowered dietary levels and increased bioavailability greatly reduce the levels of minerals excreted to potentially contaminate soil and water sources. The stringent quality control program at Alltech prevents dangerous contaminants from entering into the food chain. All in all, Blueprint can be summed up by the word EFFICIENCY.
So, be on the lookout at local feed stores for new and exciting Blueprint supplements for cutting-edge technology in animal nutrition. Ask for SWEETLIX by name at your local SWEETLIX dealer or call 1-87-SWEETLIX for more information.
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