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Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by CaramelKittey, Aug 6, 2020.
So should I quit selenium paste and only do Replamin, or should I do selenium paste AND Replamin? What about Replamin plus? Is there a difference between Replamin and Replamin plus? I’m so confused.
Is this the block you all use?
Thank you all again in advance!
I would say just use the Replamin Plus. Yes, there is a difference, you can compare them here:
I've only ever seen the Replamin Plus recommended. We got ours here: https://animalhealthwarehouse.com/products/replamin-plus-gel-300cc
Yes, that is the block.
Yes, that’s the block
Thank you! We will go ahead and see if we can't purchase it sometime this week. Did anybody have to special order the block from TSC? I've never done a special order from there before, so I guess I will be learning how to if needed. While I've never looked for the block, I haven't seen it in any of our local TSCs.
Thank you! Yes, I definitely see the difference between the two products! In that case, I only need Replamin Plus, and no selinium paste?
Correct. You can get it from tsc, jeffers, pbs animal health, etc but the cheapest I found is at animal health warehouse which I linked to. We actually had a mixup with them where they sent us extra replamin plus by mistake and then told us to just keep it. I'm not complaining lol.
If you get the 300 cc tube you will need the applicator gun to dispense it.
That's great! Thank you!
I've seen some recipes for Replamin Plus 'Treat balls' which I am planning on trying. Gracie is a picky eater, so it might take some convincing to give her the treat. Goats always seem to know how to not eat the treats with medicine, but gladly eat your papers with all their medical history.
Would this block work as well?
Yep! That is the same block. It's just way more expensive on Amazon due to shipping.
Thank you! If we can’t get it from TSC, we will just order it from amazon. How do you protect your blocks from the elements? Do you mount them on a wall?
We don't currently have a cobalt block but I have it on the to do list. When we had a salt/mineral block a while back we just put it in this https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/fortiflex-sbp-10-salt-block-pan-50-lb-capacity-black and set it in the pasture. That's what I was planning on doing with the cobalt. It will definitely last longer if it's under shelter though.
They also sell stuff like this https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/behlen-country-3-block-mineral-feeder?cm_vc=-10005 that will protect the block from rain in the field.
As well as these: https://www.agrisupply.com/universal-salt-mineral-block-holder-black/p/85901/
Thank you! We plan on redoing our goat shelter into something with stalls and more milking stands, so the block can be undercover alongside our minerals. For now, the wall mount holder will probably be the option we go with!
Has anybody heard of TheThriftyHomesteader.com?
I contacted the owner (I always contact many people and get lots of opinions before doing anything ) and she said, “Please do NOT get the cobalt block. It is overpriced salt! Seriously -- it is 98% salt! Sweetlix has way more cobalt in it than the so-called cobalt block.”
Is this true?
Thanks in advance!
I’ve had a lot of chats with Deborah - we talk often. She is wonderful, but I disagree on quite a few things - one is absolutely this. Cobalt blocks have a little less cobalt than Sweetlix, yes, but it gives a concentrated source of it so the goat can have that and just that (and while yes it is 98% salt - think about all the other minerals in loose minerals. Then you’re not focusing on the cobalt:salt ratio in the block, it’s the cobalt:everything else ratio in a loose mineral, which probably ends up being about the same or even worse). Goats eat a lot more salt than they do minerals, so salt is the best carrier for them to use cobalt. Cobalt blocks are very successful.
For the iodine, in addition to kelp, use iodine teat dip. Im not kidding, it helped us! I guess it gets absorbed through the teats?
Yes, you need it! Cobalt is a concentrated amount, so they can pick and choose if/when they need it since most soil in the U.S is deficiant in cobalt!
I didn’t feel like it was very expensive considering how long it lasts and they lick it so they obviously need or want it.
Thank you! We will get a cobalt block if we can and let the goats lick it when they know they need it.
My first block I had to order from Amazon. Lasted over 4 years with only 5 goats. This block I was lucky and found at a fairly local TSC.