Mineral for Grassfed cattle

Asked June 3, 2016, 5:03 PM EDT

Hello, we are currently looking for our best option for providing free choice mineral to our grass fed cattle both brood cows and feeder size. Just wanted to get an idea of where to get a good mix of minerals and what we should be including for a grass fed operation. We currently are rotationly grazing with many different types of forage/cover crop mixes. Any information or knowledge to be shared would be much appreciated. Thank you.

Jackson County Michigan

4 Responses

Good Morning,
There are many options for mineral mixes that are available on a commercial basis. Do you have certain protocols for your grass finished beef that would prohibit certain filler or carrier type items from being included in the mix? Some mixes may include grain by products, and certain farms prohibit this from being in the cattle's diet on an all forage based ration.

This is a good resource for mineral information also: http://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.cfm?number=B895

This is a link to Michigan State University Extensions beef cattle information: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/topic/info/beef

For a review of the mineral requirements, I have attached Extension Bulletin 2810 Midwest Beef Cow Mineral - Vitamin Nutrition.

Let me know if you have any questions, and please feel free to contact me for any follow up on this question or other grass fed beef related questions.

Thank You,

I am not sure why, but the Extension Bulletin did not attach to the response. You can download it here: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/uploads/236/58572/UpperMidwestBeefCow.pdf

Thanks Kable for the information, it's helpful in order to formulate our own mix. I guess that was one of my questions was actually trying to get a recommendation on a place in my area that I could get a custom mineral mix made up. We would like to feed a loose mineral free of corn products. Let me know if you have any recommendations on places for custom mineral mixes. We live in Albion, MI. Thank you.

i just spoke with a colleague of mine that has cattle and uses Trace mineral salt with selenium and dicalcium phosphate. He uses 60% trace mineral with selenium, and 40% dicalcium phosphate.

The Lake City Research Center also uses a cafeteria style mineral supplement, and it seems to be working good for them. You may want to talk to Center Manager Doug Carmichael, as he would have more information on that system.

email me directly if you have any more questions: thurlowk@msu.edu