Salts & Minerals
Trace Mineral With Selenium
A fine-screened salt specially formulated with trace minerals to help meet the requirements of cattle and horses. The trace minerals complement the diet to help promote digestion, growth, maintenance of body tissues, proper reproductive processes, and general animal well-being. Selenium is added as a supplement for use in selenium-deficient areas.
A fine-screened salt with cobalt and iodine that helps cattle, sheep, and goats synthesize vitamin B12 and plays a role in thermoregulation, intermediary metabolism, and reproductive growth and development. Iodine deficiencies in livestock can lead to goiter (an enlargement of the thyroid gland), a condition most often found in young animals.
Dairy cattle and sheep both need the sulphur you’ll find in our sulphur salt blocks. Even when adequate levels of sulphur are naturally available, enhanced-sulphur diets help in the formation of some amino acids, formation of collagen, hormones, vitamins, and oxygen carriers.
While sulfur is one of the “macro” minerals, meaning that it is present in the body in concentrations greater than 100 parts per billion, and they usually have a pretty large range of tolerances, sulfur’s range is fairly narrow. The general recommendation for ruminants is 0.15% of the diet, the toxic level is listed as only 0.40%. That toxic level is not written in stone, because like all of the other minerals, interactions can tie up sulfur making it less available. However, very high sulfur intakes are potentially dangerous.Probably the greatest problem from high sulfur intakes is a condition called polioencephalomalacia (PEM). Usually seen in animals on grain rations, PEM creates microorganism population shift in the rumen that causes a thiamin deficiency in the rumen. One the first symptoms is that the animal gets diarrhea, becomes blind, and walks in circles. They may also stand with their head looking back over their shoulders. Generally in pasture situations, you either find an animal in the pasture dead, or emaciated from being unable to forage and find water. The only treatment is an injection of thiamin. Because of the rumen microbe imbalance that created the problem in the first place, feeding thiamin has no effect on the condition. If not treated within 48 hours from its inception, the animal generally dies.
Trace Mineral Block
Our most popular mineralized agricultural salt, Trace Mineralized Salt contains the six core micro minerals required for basic animal health. The proper combination of zinc, manganese, cobalt, copper, iodine and iron optimizes your herd’s weight gain, feeding efficiencies and overall performance.
This product is formulated for all classes of beef and dairy cattle, pigs and horses.
Iodized (white) Salt Block
Probably the most overlooked, but most frequently used mineral for our livestock is salt, chemically known an sodium chloride. Everyone knows that livestock need salt, but how much do they need, and how do you use this requirement to your advantage? According to the National Research Council, the requirement for salt is 0.6 to 0.8% of the total diet of most livestock. A lactating cow requires 0.10% of her diet as salt and lactating sheep and goats need 0.18%. For a 90 pound lactating nanny goat, eating 4.5 pounds per day, 0.13 ounce per day would fill her need for salt. However, salt is very important in bodily functions. One of the primary functions of salt is to maintain the proper balance of water in the cells of the body. Minor deficiencies in sodium are hardly noticeable, but larger and longer deficiencies can result in reduced feed intake, growth, and milk production. .