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Postby Bestoutwest » Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:21 pm

I have a calf that I’ve observed chewing on wood then chain. I’m starting to wonder if she’s lacking something. So, where’s a good place to start with a general mineral feed? She’s not real wild about getting in and pushing, kind of timid, so if mom eats it will she get it through milk?
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Re: Minerals

Postby kenny thomas » Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:06 pm

Bestoutwest wrote:I have a calf that I’ve observed chewing on wood then chain. I’m starting to wonder if she’s lacking something. So, where’s a good place to start with a general mineral feed? She’s not real wild about getting in and pushing, kind of timid, so if mom eats it will she get it through milk?

Cattle should have free choice so she shouldn't have to get in and push.
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Re: Minerals

Postby wbvs58 » Sat Jun 30, 2018 4:17 am

I find by the time the calves are a couple of months old they find the mineral feeder as a gathering social point, a bit like a water cooler in an office, so they stick their noses in it out of curiosity and are hooked.

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Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:02 am

It doesn't do any good to just hand feed once in a while. Free choice mineral is needed 24/7/365
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Re: Minerals

Postby Nesikep » Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:27 pm

Phosphorus deficiency will cause pica (chewing on rocks, wood, etc)
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