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Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Minerals
« on: January 31, 2023, 06:20:18 pm »
Can anyone recommend a loose mineral for my in calf cows?

I've been in the habit of giving them a molassed lick but they just chomp throught it and tbh, they don't need the calories. They each get fed every day with some soaked sugar beet so getting it into them shouldn't be a problem.
I give my pony minerals like this. Can I do the cows likewise?

landroverroy

  • Joined Oct 2010
Re: Minerals
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2023, 07:25:27 pm »
I give mine a mineralised salt lick - Rockies. The one for cattle (with copper) is  called red Rockies because it used to be red in colour, but it's actually white now.
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twizzel

  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Minerals
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2023, 07:34:31 pm »
Lifeline do a powdered mineral, though we are getting on quite well with the buckets at the mo.

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Minerals
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2023, 07:40:38 pm »
Lifeline do a powdered mineral, though we are getting on quite well with the buckets at the mo.
[member=25072]twizzel[/member] Our four ate a bucket in a week.

twizzel

  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Minerals
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2023, 07:45:30 pm »
Do they have anything else to lick? Often I find they lick them out of boredom- we slowed ours down putting rock salt out too. 35 cows going through 2 maybe 3 a week plus salt.

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Minerals
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2023, 07:54:26 am »
They have a Himalayan salt lick too.

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Minerals
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2023, 04:12:30 pm »
JG Animal Health does a version of their cattle mineral lick that's designed for adding to feed.  linky

I haven't used his cattle products, but like many others on this forum, I am a loyal and happy customer for the sheep mineral drench. 
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