Uses: Feed Supplement | Parasiticide
In its native form, sulphur is an abundant, yellow crystalline solid. It can be found as the pure element and as sulphide and sulphate minerals. It is an essential element for life and is found in two amino acids. In agriculture, its uses are primarily as a livestock supplement, fertilizer, insecticide and fungicide. Sulphur must be present in the diets of ruminants to allow them to synthesize certain amino acids (cysteine, cystine and methionine), vitamins (thiamin and biotin) and enzymes in the rumen. Sulphur probably is the oldest known pesticide in use. The Greek poet, Homer, described the benefits of “pest-averting sulphur” 3,000 years ago.In sulphur-deficient diets, supplementation improves performance by enhancing the synthesis of bacterial proteins in the rumen and improving the balance of amino acids.