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Minerals – Serving Up What Our Animals Need

This week’s collection looks at what minerals livestock require to be healthy, and ways for feeding those minerals in pasture.

We start with this great piece from the Beef Cattle Research Council of Canada. I haven’t done articles specific to goats and sheep, so I’ve added links to the Merck Veterinary manual for them below.

Here Are the Minerals Cattle Require and What Deficiencies Look Like

You can find mineral requirements for goats here.

Mineral requirements for sheep are here.

Cafeteria Mineral Feeding

Many graziers like to allow their livestock to choose which minerals they need, and they set up a “cafeteria” system that lets them choose. But whether or not it is effective depends on the animals ability to choose well. Beth Burritt worked with Fred Provenza for many years doing research on how animals choose what to eat. Here she shares the results of research on how animals learn and studies on their ability to choose minerals.

Can Animals Figure Out What Minerals They Need?

Serving Up Minerals

John McKinnon, DVM lays out how you can build a good mineral program for your herd:

How to Build a Mineral Program to Meet Your Herd’s Needs

Next, john Marble shows us the simple method he’s developed based on what he knows his livestock need. Be sure to check out the comments on this piece. There’s some good information there as well!

A “Keep-It-Simple” Method for Getting Minerals to Your Herd

Finally, if you’re in the market for a mineral feeder, here’s one you can build:

DIY Mineral Feeder

And the Funnies!

I’m still prepping for Halloween. 🙂

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Kathy Voth
Kathy Vothhttps://onpasture.com
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.

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