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At my local feed store they sell a trace mineral salt by Mortons. I have been looking for a cheaper salt that I can give to my bucks. I will be offering this in addition to a loose mineral mix so don't worry about that. It is also a loose salt, not a block. I don't like that there is no selenium in it, and I wish there was more iodine, but I bought a bag of it anyway to see how they do with it. What do you guys think?
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A lot of us recommend extra salt for a few reasons. Sometimes because it encourages male goats to drink more to prevent urinary issues, sometimes because it can pick up what our minerals are lacking (if low in selenium, cobalt, iodine, etc. a salt lick with this added will pick up the slack!)

Salt effects the consumption of minerals. Salt is added to minerals to make it palatable. However, if a goat is starved on salt, they will lick the minerals until they have consumed the salt they want - and as for the minerals, they may have consumed too much, leading to overdose - or not enough, leading to deficiencies.

Ideally you want a mineral with enough salt to make it palatable, but a separate salt source to keep consumption regulated.

That being said, if a mineral has a nice balanced salt level, no, an extra loose salt is not necessary but nor is it frowned upon.

MellonFriend, what deficiencies do you struggle with?
 

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I give mine copper boluses , 1 zinc tablet human kind 50 mg. All rolled inside a cookie every 3 months. All get selenium gel 1st of every month. And I have loose minerals at all times.
 

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I would probably choose redmond goat mineral salt over this one, then.
The trouble is I can only get a five pound bag of that from amazon for $15. That is just not economical for me. This was $13 for 50lbs. so that's doable for me. I'm going to use it since I have it and see how it goes. I already have been giving sel gel to them monthly so I will continue to do that. What do you think of the zinc content in this?
 

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Oh my gosh, I totally forgot about zinc-copper interaction. Ugh! Why does it all have to be so complicated?

I guess I am still going to try using it and see what happens since I have it. If it really causes problems I will stop using it.
 
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