WHY DOES MY STOCK NEED SALT?
Salt is an essential part of the daily diet of all livestock if they are to perform cost effectively.
It plays a major role in the diet and is essential for efficient feed utilization. Additionally it stimulates saliva production, promoting digestion and making fodder more palatable.
Deficiencies are most likely in rapidly growing animals and also in lactating stock.
Salt deficiency can lead to:
- Loss of appetite and poor intakes
- Depressed growth rates in growing and fattening stock
- Poor milk production in lactating livestock
Visible symptoms of salt deficiency are often seen in the form of cravings for salt; drinking urine and the licking of gates, walls, stones and soil are examples of this.
WHY TRACE ELEMENTS?
Trace elements are only needed in the diet at very low levels. Nevertheless, their presence has profound effects on livestock health and productivity.
Because trace elements are involved at all levels of metabolism, deficiencies can have significant effects on growth, production and fertility. Stock that have suffered with health and immune system problems need more trace elements than healthy stock. Consequently a continual supply of trace elements is necessary in stock diets to ensure that the risk of economic losses in production is minimized.
Rockies provide mineral and trace element supplementation in a simple and cost-effective way. Manufactured from the purest salt available, Rockies are an effective carrier for minerals and trace elements. The self regulatory nature of salt means that stock will not gorge on the lick as they may do with molasses based products, and will only take as much as they require. The inclusion of TASTETITE however ensures that target intakes are consistently met, even with minerals that are particularly unpalatable, such as magnesium. TASTETITE is a flavouring that adds taste, as well as aroma, which is only released on consumption of the lick. TASTETITE inclusion helps overcome low livestock intakes, whilst Rockies retain their economical, low waste and convenience characteristics.