Compressed white salt licks in the form of blocks. Economical and efficient means of introducing salt into the animals? diet. This salt lick in he form of a block is intended for beef cattle, dairy cows, horses, goats, pigs, deer and sheep. Salt licks are weather resistant for free choice feeding.
Salt, Dextrin (brick only)
|SALT (as NaCI)||Maximum||99.9||999,000|
|SALT (as NaCI)||Minimum||95||950,000|
How much salt do cattle need?
The salt requirement of cattle is met by including 0.25% salt in the total ration. Salt may be satisfactorily fed free-choice rather than as part of a mixed ration.
Can cattle overconsume salt?
- Unless cattle are deprived, they will normally not overconsume salt. If they are deprived and then allowed to consume the right amount, they will eat excess amounts until their sodium levels come into balance in their bodies. Be sure to allow access to plenty of water during this time, as cattle will need extra water as well until salt levels are back in balance.
- Cattle that have free access to granulated flake or loose salt will consume approximately twice as much as they will when salt is furnished in the form of compressed blocks. Eating twice as much loose salt does not mean that cattle are overconsuming; rather, it means that cattle tongues are not optimized to lick efficiently to obtain the right level of nutrients, and that access to loose salt should be given to ensure the best chance of obtaining the right level of sodium.
How do I know if my dairy cattle are salt deprived?
Symptoms of salt deprivation in dairy cattle include licking wood and eating soil or sweat. Symptoms occur within 2-3 weeks of deprivation. Water consumption will become excessive and urine output will greatly increase. Also, if there are several weeks of deprivation, appetite will begin to decline and weight loss will occur, and the animal may also develop a rough coat. In a high-producing cow, the breakdown can be sudden and death can occur.
How does sodium deprivation occur in animals?
Sodium deprivation can be precipitated by dietary, climatic and disease factors and occurs under the following conditions:
- Rapidly growing animals given cereal-based diets that are inherently low in sodium
- Animals grazing pastures on soils naturally low in sodium
- Animals grazing pastures heavily fertilized with potassium
- Lactating animals, particularly cows, secreting large amounts of sodium in mild climates
- Tropical or hot, semi-arid climates, causing large losses of water and sodium in sweat
- Heavy or intense physical work that causes profuse sweating
- Animals with gut infections that cause diarrhea
When one or more of these conditions exist continuously for long periods and extra salt is not provided, sodium deprivation is inevitable.
What are the symptoms of salt deficiency in animals?
- Rough coats
- Decreased performance
- Unusual eating habits like consuming dirt or chewing on tool handles, trees, board fences or another animal?s mane or tail.
- In poultry, an increase in pecking behavior, feather eating, general flock nervousness, and/or reduced egg production.