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Limestone is a natural resource made up of the mineral – calcite. Calcium Carbonate is the chemical compound name for limestone. Its chemical formula is CaCO3. Other constituents are dolomite, sulfate, clay, iron carbonate, pyrite, quartz, e.t.c. It plays an important role in animal nutrition, especially in industrial livestock farming.

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Uses and Benefits

It is a rich source of calcium and some other nutrients.

It acts as a fertilizer, a food colouring, and a food firming agent.

It is an important dietary supplement for domestic livestock including cattle, sheep, and camels.

It adds bulk to animal feed.

Addition of calcium carbonate into the livestock diet helps the animals resist diseases.

When ingested, it reduces the amount of acid present in the stomach because it is an anti-acid.

It results in stronger ossification and the production of more milk in livestock.

It aids the digestion of food in animals.

It is used therapeutically as a phosphate buffer in hemodialysis.

Its colour gives the animal feed an appetising appearance.

 

Limestone or calcium carbonate helps in achieving excellent health for farm animals. It is an important constituent of livestock feed. It is used extensively in agriculture and medicine. CaCO3 is the carbonic salt of calcium, and it is found in rocks worldwide. It is used in preventing and treating osteoporosis. Limestones contain at least fifty per cent calcium carbonate by weight. They also contain a substantial amount of magnesium carbonate. (MgCO3).
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