Saltlicks and licking salts are used in animal care for hundreds of years. Commonly Cattle Licks are used in dairy and cattle farming
TRACE MINERALS Trace minerals are now universally recognized as being essential in the livestock/horses diet. There are seven trace elements that have shown to be needed to be supplemented. These elements are Copper, Cobalt, Zinc, Iodine, Iron, Manganese and selenium. These additives are only required in very small amounts, measured in parts per million, thus the name “trace minerals or trace elements.” Deficiencies in trace minerals do in fact occur more frequently than is usually recognized by the majority of livestock/horse owners. This sub-clinical deficiency is far more wide spread than acute deficiencies. Sub-clinical deficiency can lead to under performance by the livestock/horse, for example, reduced growth rates, loss of feed efficiency and a depressed immune system. This can then result in inefficient performance. There is, therefore, an important role for mineral and trace element supplementation to help to maximize equine health. Along with the hidden performance losses discussed, animals short of salt and essential elements can show ‘pica’ or depraved appetite symptoms. These deficiency indicators can include licking wood and stones, eating soil or bark. Horses constantly searching the hedge rows in good grass pasture can often be telling the owners that there is a mineral deficiency in its diet. There is increasing evidence to show that many minerals and trace mineral nutrients are needed at higher levels to improve the livestock/horses immune system to enable them to cope with infections. Sodium, chloride, zinc, copper, selenium, and magnesium have already been shown to be helpful in this regard. Because salt is self-limiting, it’s inclusion in compound feeds means that horses, already well supplemented, will take less of the free choice salt, while other livestock/horses on a more basic ration will take more salt and so receive the essential minerals and trace elements for their daily needs.
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