sheep minerals

Asked September 10, 2015, 1:04 AM EDT

I am trying to start a grass-fed sheep venture for my hobby farm. I noticed several different salt/mineral blocks at the farm store. Should I be giving them a block with copper or will they be likely to get enough in this area? I'm in Polk County, but near the border of Yamhill County.

Polk County Oregon

1 Response

Shep minerals normally do not include copper as it can be toxic in small amounts. Sheep are very sensitive to copper. While they require some in the diet, a specific sheep mineral will contain very little or no copper.

Loose mineral is preferred for sheep. A palatable loose mineral made specifically for sheep is the best choice. Watch calcium and phosphorus content as well as the ratio. The ratio of calcium to phosphorus should not exceed 2 to 1.

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