Salt Blocks

Salt Blocks

Lack of sodium can be a production limiting issue. It is easily fixed with salt.

Salt blocks provide a convenient and cost effective method of supplementing animals with sodium.  The addition of minerals, especially cobalt, iodine and selenium can enable significant intakes to come from salt blocks.

Animals have a strong appetite for salt but individual salt needs will vary. Factors influencing needs include:

  • Sodium and chloride levels in the pasture
  • Sodium and chloride levels in the water
  • The production cycle – growth, reproduction and lactation will increase requirements
  • Temperature/humidity – sweating will increase sodium requirements
  • Potassium levels in the diet – animals will try to balance high potassium feeds with additional salt to maintain fluid balance
  • Low sodium levels in bulk feeds
Offering free-choice salt blocks year round will enable animals to supplement their needs as required and maintain production.

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