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Generic Trace Mineral Blocks

Postby u4411clb » Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:09 am

Is there any value in using the basic trace mineral salt blocks from Tractor Supply etc?
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Re: Generic Trace Mineral Blocks

Postby shaz » Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:24 am

Those are just salt. I feed mineral in old lick tubs so I put a trace mineral block in first and pour the mineral in on top. Keeps the cows from tipping it over.

If you let the cows run out of mineral you can put a trace block first and let the cows satisfy the salt craving and then put real mineral out the next day. Not ideal but that's what I do.
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Re: Generic Trace Mineral Blocks

Postby Son of Butch » Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:42 am

By definition it's a salt block with only a trace of mineral.
Because of the high salt content, block consumption is very low and the trace of minerals received becomes barely
a trace. As for 'any value' about 50 cents max per 50 lb block vs white salt.
Bottom line: mineral value added is so little it's considered negligible and disregarded when formulating rations.
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Postby ALACOWMAN » Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:13 pm

Given a choice cattle will go after salt first,,the minerals "though they need them". don't satisfy their taste . I Personally don't give the choice..
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Re: Generic Trace Mineral Blocks

Postby u4411clb » Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:14 pm

What is a good mineral program that won’t break the bank and is enough for results
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Re: Generic Trace Mineral Blocks

Postby Son of Butch » Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:04 pm

Most 'good' mineral programs for cows recommend 4-5 oz per head per day = 100 lbs or 2 bags per year.
IF you want to be cheap, salt year round and loose mineral for 6 months, 60 days before calving to 120 days after.
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Postby ALACOWMAN » Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:23 pm

u4411clb wrote:What is a good mineral program that won’t break the bank and is enough for results
. Does Your pastures have broom sedge in it? I know north Ala soils are low in copper, selenium
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Re: Generic Trace Mineral Blocks

Postby TexasBred » Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:26 pm

Amazes me how many people won't think twice about paying $50 for a winter's supply of junky a%% worthless hay then choke over $25-30 bags of mineral that might be exactly what they need to make a successful cattle operation.
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Re: Generic Trace Mineral Blocks

Postby u4411clb » Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:31 pm

TexasBred wrote:Amazes me how many people won't think twice about paying $50 for a winter's supply of junky a%% worthless hay then choke over $25-30 bags of mineral that might be exactly what they need to make a successful cattle operation.

All of this time the difference in my operation is $30 bags of mineral I never would have thunk it.

And have never bout hay in my life and make more off hay than cows. But thanks for the advice.
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Re: Generic Trace Mineral Blocks

Postby u4411clb » Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:34 pm

ALACOWMAN wrote:
u4411clb wrote:What is a good mineral program that won’t break the bank and is enough for results
. Does Your pastures have broom sedge in it? I know north Ala soils are low in copper, selenium

Yeah some pastures get sedge every so often. Usually lower bottom land seems to more than the rest. What you suggest?
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Re: Generic Trace Mineral Blocks

Postby ALACOWMAN » Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:49 pm

u4411clb wrote:
ALACOWMAN wrote:
u4411clb wrote:What is a good mineral program that won’t break the bank and is enough for results
. Does Your pastures have broom sedge in it? I know north Ala soils are low in copper, selenium

Yeah some pastures get sedge every so often. Usually lower bottom land seems to more than the rest. What you suggest?
go to the Madison co. Co.op,they own our co Co.op to.. Ask them about the Scottsboro mineral..not kidding...its a special blend for our area...a old Aurburn man had them make it up......
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Re: Generic Trace Mineral Blocks

Postby u4411clb » Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:35 pm

Thanks will pick some up tomorrow.
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Re: Generic Trace Mineral Blocks

Postby ALACOWMAN » Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:58 pm

u4411clb wrote:Thanks will pick some up tomorrow.
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Re: Generic Trace Mineral Blocks

Postby TexasBred » Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:36 am

u4411clb wrote:
TexasBred wrote:Amazes me how many people won't think twice about paying $50 for a winter's supply of junky a%% worthless hay then choke over $25-30 bags of mineral that might be exactly what they need to make a successful cattle operation.

All of this time the difference in my operation is $30 bags of mineral I never would have thunk it.

And have never bout hay in my life and make more off hay than cows. But thanks for the advice.

I didn't give you any advice. You obviously already know it all.
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Re: Generic Trace Mineral Blocks

Postby u4411clb » Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:04 am

Don’t know it all it is why I was asking.
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