Microgrits are used for research, to identify different feeds and track consumption of feeds by animals; and by industry, to code feeds as proprietary to discourage cheating and as a value added service to customers (to identify a product quickly and visually). Some of the advantages of Microgrits:
- Microgrits can be visually identified when formulated in animal or poultry feeds at as little as 1 to 2 lbs per ton.
- Microgrits possess minimal nutritional value and consequently will not generally bias research diet formulation.
- Microgrits can be isolated as the coarse fraction of feed sifted through a 20 mesh USA Standard screen. They then can be counted, yielding data as to mix completeness.
- Micro grits are identifiable in animal/poultry feces as further confirmation research feeds are properly formulated and consumed.