EDITOR'S NOTE: David R. Fuhr of Winigan, Missouri, a research chemist with Fuhr Research Laboratories, has developed Vita-Rack 26, a vitamin and mineral supplement for deer that Hunter's Specialties handles.
QUESTION: David, please explain why you put Vita Rack 26 in granule form as opposed to block form.
ANSWER: The block form has a tendency to limit consumption by the deer. The deer have a hard time consuming all the product in the block form. With the granules, we've found that the deer consume more and consume the granules more often. That's why we've gone that route of granules. The granule also is an easy way to bring this complex blend together.
QUESTION: Vita-Rack is water soluble. Why doesn't it wash away in the rain?
ANSWER: We've encapsulated the Vita-Rack 26 to give it a longer life. Since it is water soluble, as the deer consumes it, the deer get instant gratification. It goes directly into the deer's blood stream. Rain doesn't destroy the vitamins. The water takes the vitamin to its soluble form, and it's in the ground and stays there.
QUESTION: If the vitamin's not destroyed by moisture, how can the deer assimilate it?
ANSWER: The vitamins are mixed with the minerals, and the deer have a tendency to chew the minerals. Their saliva also tends to lactate a little more, allowing for the dissolving of the vitamins themselves. That's how it enters the system. It's a different process than one would think.
QUESTION: Tell me why Vita-Rack 26 is better than everything else on the market.
ANSWER: We took a look at the feed-grade vitamins. The problem with most of them was that they had limited shelf lives due to their form and how they were made. We looked at typical vitamins used in the cattle industry and learned that most of these vitamins lasted 90 days or less.
We also found out what the best-grade vitamins we could get were. How did they work? How well did they dissolve? How did they get into the animals' systems? Most importantly, how long did they last?
Then we went to human vitamins. We knew that vitamins were on the shelves for years at a time. How did the companies making the human vitamins do that? Could we take that technology and adapt it to a situation we could use in an animal blend? We found that we could. We took human-grade vitamins and blended them for a total higher-quality product for deer.
For more information you can e-mail David R. Fuhr at email@example.com.