NOrmally I dont feed minerals when my herd is on pasture but I am going through a transition between farms. They have been confined and eating mostly hay for 2 months and have 1 month to go before being back on pasture.
If you go to your local feed store, they should be able to suggest a mineral mix that is customized to your area. Since minerals in the soil and feed vary from place to place, it's well worth taking the time to get one that is suitable for your location. Once you know the ratios that they suggest, then you could start looking for a mineral mix online. You probably already know this, but I'm writing it for people who are new to goats as well as as a reply.
Also mineral needs of an animal vary drastically throughout the year. In the fall for example, they need a very different ratio of Se, zinc and copper than they would in the summer.
Most goat people I know will give mineral supplement even when the animals are on pasture, since there are very few places where the soil (and thus the plants) have all the minerals the animals need in the correct ratio. But of course, each situation is different.
The healthiest goats I've met are ones where the farmer mixes the minerals themselves. Have a read of Pat Coleby's Natural Goat Minerals (or some such title) for a good introduction (which actually gets very advanced) on free-access minerals. I like her style as she dosen't pre-mix the minerals before giving them to the animals, but rather relies on the animals natural ability to know what minerals they need when.
But to answer your original question - my favourite sources of minerals comes from the farmer down the road with the healthiest goats you ever did meet. She mixes minerals special to my situation depending on the animals health and time of year. If I didn't have her, I would probably use Pat Coleby's method (adjusted for my part of the world).
But not a very economical short term solution. It has been a wonderful long term answer. After 2-3 years I don't use hardly any mineral while on my pasture, but can sure tell when I switch to hay or rented pasture.
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posted 3 years ago
I found a great source with organic minerals and supplements. Nature's Best out of Inwood Iowa
Al Senner wrote:I found a great source with organic minerals and supplements. Nature's Best out of Inwood Iowa
Please update us how those work out for you. I am looking for an organic, or at least non-gmo, loose mineral for my goats. I'm in Hawaii, and there is very little choice available (basically Manna Pro and Sweetlix), and I am looking into having something shipped in, which will no doubt be pricey.
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