One of the most important things when it comes to feeding our animals is something that not many feed tags will show you. A balance of minerals in any livestock's diet can produce many advantages. Some of these advantages are a healthier immune system, better reproduction, and better grain digestion efficiency. Due to this, one of the best things you can do for your cattle and horses is to place them on a mineral program in order to maximize the efficiency of whatever grain products and hay that you are feeding. Here are some things to think about:
- You can add a mineral supplement to your existing program. There are many products out there that can add good mineral content to any feeding program. The most important thing to remember when selecting a supplement is that it is a balance of minerals. Minerals function in a combined effort to promote the health of an animal, and any excess cannot be used and is simply passed through as waste.
- Natural forage usually does not supply all of the mineral requirements of livestock. Using a balanced mineral diet can often reduce hay consumption because of an increase in digestion efficiency. Even if you choose not to feed grain products to your herd, a good mineral source can make a drastic difference in their health and your profit.
- There are grain products out there that contain a balanced mineral package, though they are few. Some Purina Horse Products such as Strategy contain the necessary vitamins and minerals needed for a horse's health. Feeding the recommended amounts of these feeds often prove to be less expensive on a daily basis by having to only buy one product instead of playing the mixing game.