Mineralogical Characterization of Premix Used in the Manufacture of Feed for Poultry and Livestock

Snezana Devic, Mira Cocic, Mihovil Logar, Suzana Eric, Nenad Matejevic


One of the basic requirements that must be met in the production of livestock and poultry is a good food for their diet. Premix is an integral part in the food production for poultry and livestock. It is a mixture of organic and inorganic components. Our study has been conducted with a goal to identify minerals in foreign premix for the production of domestic premix and substitution of premix imported. Food with foreign premix has shown good results while raising poultry and livestock. Production of domestic premix with minerals from our area would enable better utilization of domestic resources. Using different methods (DTA, IR, XRD, SEM and EDS) mineralogical characterization of foreign premix has been made. Based on results of mineralogical characterization, minerals in mineral part of foreign producers’ premix have been clearly identified. They are Clinoptilolite (Ca, K,) 2-3Al3 (Al, Si) 2Si13O36 12 (H2O), as primary and minerals Quartz (SiO2) and Calcite (CaCO3) as secondary. The Clinoptilolite is mineral from zeolite group.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/jas.v5n11p110

Journal of Agricultural Science ISSN 1916-9752 (Print) ISSN 1916-9760 (Online)

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