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Mineral

Postby Cross-7 » Mon Dec 24, 2018 3:11 pm

This time of the year my cows go through mineral faster than I can put it out. It gets expensive.
I’m feeding http://biozymebackoffice.com/public/pdfs/pds/190

I keep salt and trace mineral blocks out.
It’s claims they will consume 4oz a day but they are way over 4oz a day.
Is there anything I can do to slow them down ?
Better mineral ?
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Re: Mineral

Postby Silver » Mon Dec 24, 2018 3:20 pm

How does your feed test? Never made much sense to my way of thinking to throw out mineral without knowing what they are short of. Then it seems to me a fella could figure out how much they should consume and figure out how to limit consumption to that amount.
But of course I don't feed mineral so don't have a shred of credibility on this topic :pop:
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Re: Mineral

Postby Cross-7 » Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:33 pm

Still on grass. I haven’t started feeding hay yet. It’s supposed to get cold this weekend so I’ll probably put out hay
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Re: Mineral

Postby Angus86 » Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:49 pm

Salt is the limiting factor. More salt less they can consume since they’ll self regulate the salt.
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Re: Mineral

Postby Texas PaPaw » Mon Dec 24, 2018 5:26 pm

Angus86 wrote:Salt is the limiting factor. More salt less they can consume since they’ll self regulate the salt.


Bob maybe mix 2 bags mineral with 1 bag of salt and see what consumption does. Then adjust the ratio accordingly.
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Re: Mineral

Postby Cross-7 » Mon Dec 24, 2018 5:29 pm

Thanks
I’ll try it
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Re: Mineral

Postby bird dog » Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:39 pm

Mine were like that earlier in the fall but when I started them on some good bermuda hay, they seemed to balance out and consumption returned to normal. I figured they were just not getting anything out of the dry grass after the frost.

For about a two or three week period, I put out half mineral, half stock salt. I had too just to keep something in front of them.
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Re: Mineral

Postby Aaron » Tue Dec 25, 2018 1:17 am

It's a 2:1 mineral with salt in it. Almost as dirt cheap as it gets. I would switch to a 1:1 mineral without salt for a few bags and see what happens.
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