Zeolite as a Rumen Buffer
With today’s high-energy feeding practices, the cows’ natural buffer of saliva is pushed to its limits. Hitting this limit means excess acids can build up in the rumen and cause poor feed efficiency.
Zeolites feed additives such as Min-Tech have a quantitative effect on digestion by influencing rumen retention time or alteration of the turnover of fluid and particulate phases of digesta that creates optimum performance. Zeolite feed additives will provide a more stable rumen buffer with respect to nitrogen availability that is beneficial to both rumen microbial fermentation and animal performance (Sweeney,T.et el. 1983).
Through their ion-exchange selectivity, Zeolite minerals act as an anti-caking agent for the adsorption of excess rumen Ammonium after feeding and gradually release it as the Zeolites are regenerated to their natural state by cations found in the saliva.