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Steve Elliott

Global Director of the Equine and Mineral Divisions at Alltech

Steve Elliott is the global director of the equine division and the mineral management division at Alltech. He has been involved in the feed industry for more than 25 years and has worked with Alltech for 20 of those years.

Elliott is on the executive board of the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and serves on their equine committee. He is an active member of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS), the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and a number of other breed and equine discipline associations. He was the national youth president for the Palamino Horse Breeders Association (PHBA) prior to attending college at the University of Florida where he received his undergraduate degree in animal science and his graduate degree in nutrition.

Elliott has authored or co-authored numerous articles for professional journals and trade publications on how trace mineral status affects the well-being of animals and local populations. Elliott’s current mission is focusing on how organic trace minerals, and selenium in particular, can improve the health and performance of modern livestock.

 

Optimizing the nutrition and quality of pet food with organic trace minerals

Today’s pets and pet owners have access to an increasingly large choice of pet food products, which can  feature nutritional profiles tailored to the pet’s life stage, the presence of allergies, and other health conditions.

For pet food companies, formulating diets to tailor to these needs requires a precise balance of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Trace minerals, when formulated correctly, are essential to maintaining animal health and well-being.

Although trace minerals are listed on pet food ingredient panels, the form of the trace mineral used is often overlooked. Inorganic trace mineral sources such as sulfates and oxides carry a higher risk of contamination from toxic heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, and lead, as well as environmental pollutants like PCB’s (polychlorinated biphenyls) and dioxins. These substances, if present in pet food, pose a health risk to pets.

Manufacturers should ensure pet food safety from ingredients such as trace minerals, by sourcing them from approved suppliers. The suppliers should have passed rigorous quality and food safety audits and must be able to demonstrate a thorough traceability system.

When it comes to pet food, a traceable mineral program is key to reducing contamination risk.