Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Minerals in Livestock

We are all familiar with salt and "red" mineral blocks, but what if
 I told you those are inadequate?

Loose minerals are superior to blocks in multiple ways:
  • They are more balanced for individual breeds / types needs.
  • They can be more absorb-able 
  • They have high values and are more complete
  • They are easily for the animal to consume 
  • They are more weather resistant 
The blocks take more effort than most animals will put forth licking to get what they "NEED." So the blocks are inferior already, but the animals will also not work hard enough to get what they need out of them, at any rate.

I've not found a block with a analysis tag to compare to most loose minerals.
Most bags of minerals are 50lbs and cost $15-30 per bag (Compared to $6 for a 50lb block). The loose costs

 more, there is no doubt, but their content and the what the right mineral does for your herd of cattle or goats makes the cost of a quality loose mineral the BEST investment you can ever make year after year in your management program.

Compare the top Loose contents with the bottom Block contents

Always use a Loose mineral that works for the livestock you have. Dairy cattle and Dairy goats will require the most in their mineral. Sheep cannot have copper, yet goats cannot be without it. You will see some loose minerals listed for goats and sheep, but these are mislabeled and useless for goats.

We currently use and are happy with Ragland Minerals. They have a huge selection for all species.
12% Hy-Phos Mineral With 15 ppm Selenium



Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field. And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens

- Proverbs 27:23-27

"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares."

- George Washington