Supplementing fat-soluble vitamins, like vitamin A and vitamin E, in the right amounts at the right time is critical for balanced animal nutrition. Unfortunately, these two vitamins tend to be highly susceptible to activity loss in premixes and in feed.
When it comes to preserving lipid quality, avoiding oxidation during storage is critical. Oxidized fats have reduced nutritional value and worse yet, contain harmful peroxides and free radicals, which can chip away at the health and performance of your herd. Heat, moisture and time conspire against fat and oil quality, increasing their susceptibility to oxidation. So, with many producers storing lipids longer — it's a good time to ask, "how is my fat looking?"
The hot summer weather is beginning to wind down now – but it’s always a good time to ask, “how is my fat looking?” Monitoring the quality of your incoming fat sources is the primary step in effective fat management. The impacts of oxidation are irreversible, so it is crucial to begin with high-quality fat and then maintain that quality. Oxidized fat that has been negatively impacted by heat, light and oxygen can have a damaging impact on your animals. This impact can be seen across performance, health and nutrition through decreased growth, immunity challenges, loss of energy content in the fat itself and an array of other issues.
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