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Simonson82

  • Joined Oct 2022
DIY salt licks
« on: October 25, 2022, 02:26:26 pm »
Anyone made their own salt licks before?
Crystalix in my farmers co op are over 30 a bucket. It's beyond a joke

twizzel

  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: DIY salt licks
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2022, 06:39:50 pm »
Crystalyx and salt licks are 2 different things. If you want salt- try Himalayan rock salt, normally 9-10 for 25kg bag. If you want crystalyx for energy- if you have a downland supplier near you, their optilix energy buckets are pretty much the same thing, about 20-22 a tub.

Simonson82

  • Joined Oct 2022
Re: DIY salt licks
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2022, 08:32:49 pm »
Sorry, should have been a bit more clear. Has anyone made their own mineral lick.

Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: DIY salt licks
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2022, 10:30:32 pm »
Yes, but there was a lot of tequila involved  ;) .
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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: DIY salt licks
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2022, 11:14:31 pm »
I think plenty of people will have made some sort of vitamin and energy supplement for their sheep, the real question is: was it any good? My neighbour, the one who is no longer allowed to keep sheep, used to buy raw molasses for his sheep. I don't know if he added anything to it.  I have a feeling that the carefully researched and produced 'licky buckets' available at every agri supplier will work out cheaper and better for the animals in the long run than messing about with DIY
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harmony

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: DIY salt licks
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2022, 09:07:51 am »
Do they need one? We are sold all these things by those making money out of them. It's even worse in the equestrian world. At a recent vets evening the vet suggested blood samples as the best way to know, that drenches were a waste of money, boluses gave the best supplement and anything in a bucket was designed to attract sheep to eat it.


Food for thought?

harmony

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: DIY salt licks
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2022, 08:33:11 am »
I think plenty of people will have made some sort of vitamin and energy supplement for their sheep, the real question is: was it any good? My neighbour, the one who is no longer allowed to keep sheep, used to buy raw molasses for his sheep. I don't know if he added anything to it.  I have a feeling that the carefully researched and produced 'licky buckets' available at every agri supplier will work out cheaper and better for the animals in the long run than messing about with DIY


Molasses was popular here on the fells at one time. One farmer I know still uses it in the lambing shed. Molasses is commonly used in feeds as it is attractive to animals. It certainly makes for sheep with sticky faces and in the shed sticky all over when they wipe it on each other.  :yuck:

Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: DIY salt licks
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2022, 10:28:06 am »
I have a bottle of molasses here which I add to hard feed as a pick me up when needed.

Some sheep (even well ones) really don't seem to like it, but others go mad for it.
"All fungi are edible. Some fungi are only edible once." -Terry Pratchett

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: DIY salt licks
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2022, 06:41:52 pm »
I think plenty of people will have made some sort of vitamin and energy supplement for their sheep, the real question is: was it any good? My neighbour, the one who is no longer allowed to keep sheep, used to buy raw molasses for his sheep. I don't know if he added anything to it.  I have a feeling that the carefully researched and produced 'licky buckets' available at every agri supplier will work out cheaper and better for the animals in the long run than messing about with DIY


Molasses was popular here on the fells at one time. One farmer I know still uses it in the lambing shed. Molasses is commonly used in feeds as it is attractive to animals. It certainly makes for sheep with sticky faces and in the shed sticky all over when they wipe it on each other.  :yuck:

Doesn't it just, and wrecks the fleeces for spinning etc  :spin:
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There is NO planet B - what are YOU doing to save our home?

Do something today that your future self will thank you for - plant a tree

 Love your soil - it's the lifeblood of your land.

 

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