What's salt?

Discussion in 'Cattle' started by Shagbarkmtcatle, Dec 18, 2004.

  1. Shagbarkmtcatle

    Shagbarkmtcatle Hillybilly cattle slaves

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    Why would you use the sulphor salt ( the yellow block) instead of the plain white block or the red tracemineral block?

    Thanks- John Lee
     
  2. OD

    OD Well-Known Member

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    We keep a sulphur block & a trace mineral block & they usually finish them about the same time. I'm not very good at explanations, so I did a search & found this:

    "Sulfur is required for the development of protein, cartilage, bones and tendons. It enhances enzyme activity that is important in hair and wool production. Sulfur is also believed to work as an insect repellant. Sulfur deficiency is noted by reduced cellulose and fiber digestion, and poor weight gain. Most diets contain adequate sulfur, however, dairy cattle and sheep can benefit from higher levels."
     

  3. Ken Scharabok

    Ken Scharabok In Remembrance

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    Like OD I put out both kinds and they seem to be used at about the same rate. Some soils are now becoming sulfur-deficient as they have stopped power plants from using high sulfur coal (or more them scrub the exhaust). Cattle are pretty good about choosing what they need.

    I have been told the sulfur (yellow) blocks are intended for horses.

    Ken Scharabok