Sodium bentonite is a highly swelling natural clay, available as a fine powder and granular form. Sodium bentonite is used in stock feed for its benefits of high water absorption, cation exchange ability and organic absorption properties.
It improves pellet quality, prevents caking and improves flowability in livestock feeds. It also can improve feed efficiency, rate of gain, milk production, wool growth and egg production. Sodium bentonite is believed to function by absorbing ammonia and toxins while reducing the rate of feed passage through an animal’s digestive system.
Bentonite can be included in feed for all animals, but the recommended levels would vary.
2% – 4% in starter rations;
1% – 2% in finisher rations.
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