Supplemental feeding

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very little, a salt mineral mix with sotbean hulls [20%] near water sorce with Mag. in spring w/o in summer. self limiting, aprox 1# per head per day. They don't need much if you fertilize your pastures...I don't sell fertilizer but i do endorse it.
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White salt block and loose minerals. The minerals vary by season. Early in the spring, Hi-mag, after the flush of lush growth larvacide


J Baxter":e125n6dd said:
How many of y'all supplemental feed during the spring and summer?
I've been feeding about 2.5 lbs per day of rice bran and using a mineral/salt block (brown). It seems to stretch my forage a lot further, but I don't know if I'm over doing it. I'm just the opposite of most ranchers. I have limited summer forage, but have ample winter forage (oats/wheat). What kind of loose minerals do you use?
J Baxter":2yo8tntx said:
I don't think I made myself clear on the minerals. What I meant to say is what blend and do you just give them free choice?

My experience is that the minerals you need to feed varies by different locations. Different soils and forage lack different natural minerals that you therefore need to provide for optimum performance. I'm sure there are some general mineral programs out there that may have a blanket type effect covering a wide variety of needs.

Anyway, we use Moorman's Opticor 646 mineral. It has what we need in our area and takes weather better than most. I know that RFDTV has been airing a program on Cargill's mineral supplementation program and it has been interesting to watch. They promote that you need different mineral blends at different times of year. Makes sense to me.

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