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Author Topic: Loose minerals for sheep  (Read 1947 times)

moprabbit

  • Joined Oct 2011
  • North Notts
Loose minerals for sheep
« on: December 31, 2023, 10:56:36 am »
Just wondered what brand of loose minerals people use for their sheep? I have a smallholder's mineral lick which they love but I know it's got a lot of molasses in it.
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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Loose minerals for sheep
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2023, 04:41:44 pm »
Molasses is good for pregnant sheep, they need a lot of sugar in the final 8 weeks ;)

Many of Mole Valley's own mineral/feed licks are made with spent brewers grains, if that's preferable for you? 

I used to use loose minerals over winter from PK Ruminant Nutrition and liked them very much, but you do need to be able to put them out under a rain hat of some sort if possible or there is a lot lost to rain.  Paul delivers across the north of England from his base near Newcastle-upon-Tyne, but you'd need to ask him if he delivers to your area.
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moprabbit

  • Joined Oct 2011
  • North Notts
Re: Loose minerals for sheep
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2024, 10:34:26 am »
Thanks for the information Sally, I'll have a look at this on the Internet.
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woollyval

  • Joined Feb 2008
  • Near Bodmin, Cornwall
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Re: Loose minerals for sheep
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2024, 09:00:00 am »
The smallholder lick buckets are great and I use the general mole and wynstay bucket licks for sheep. Molasses replaces the sugar carbohydrate found in the grass when itís growing well in the spring and summer.
Loose minerals get dusty and dirty and damp and unappealing
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moprabbit

  • Joined Oct 2011
  • North Notts
Re: Loose minerals for sheep
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2024, 08:27:13 pm »
Thanks Woollyval, good point about the loose minerals.
4 pet sheep

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Loose minerals for sheep
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2024, 06:05:58 pm »
Yes, with the loose minerals you just put out enough for a few days, discard and clean the container when replenishing.
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

 

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