Summit Mineral Salt Blocks – MultiMineral, Littlix and Copper 20kg

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

Summit Multimineral Salt Block

Summit Multimineral Salt Block 20kg. New Zealand’s number one selling salt block. Multimineral Salt Block provides essential trace minerals (Cu, Zn, Co, I, Se) with salt as a carrier. The blocks can be used all year round with all stock classes except Texel sheep (as copper supplements can be toxic to Texel’s). Summit Iodine Salt Block has no added copper and is suitable for Texel sheep.

 

Summit Littlix Salt Block

Summit Littlix Salt Block 2.5kg. The same formulation as Summit Multimineral Salt Block but in a small 2.5kg block. Ideal for use with a small number of animals and where salt licks need to be spread out to prevent smothering in sheep flocks. Littlix can also be purchased in a twinlix pack (with a link taking it to the Equine product page.

 

Summit Copper for Cattle Salt Block

Summit Copper for Cattle Salt Block 20kg. A simplified multimineral block containing an increased level of copper specific for cattle. Sheep access should be excluded to avoid copper toxicity. The blocks can be used all year round, especially following Zn treatments, to supplement copper in the diet.

 

MineralSummit Multimimeral Salt Block 20kgSummit Littlix Salt Block 2.5kgSummit Copper for Cattle Salt Block 20kg
Packaging20kg cartons and Safety Slings (30x20kg blocks per sling)20kg cartons (8 blocks per carton and Safety Slings (200x2.5kg blocks per sling)20kg cartons and Safety Slings (30x20kg blocks per sling)
Salt {bf7b773be7bcf1e8fa58552d0bc662854d38fa3665a8620c3d651136aad7c0ff}898997
Calcium (Ca) {bf7b773be7bcf1e8fa58552d0bc662854d38fa3665a8620c3d651136aad7c0ff}2.792.790
Copper (Cu) mg/kg125012503750
Zinc (Zn) mg/kg5805800
Iodine (I) mg/kg949494
Cobalt (Co) mg/kg656565
Selenium (Se) mg/kg333
Iron (Fe) mg/kg898990
Magnesium (Mg) mg/kg000
FlavourYesYesYes
ApplicationMake blocks freely available all year roundMake blocks freely available all year roundMake blocks freely available all year round, especially after Zn treatments
Animal exclusionsTexel sheep due to copperTexel sheep due to copperAll sheep due to higher levels of copper

Dose Rates: make salt blocks freely available as required

  • 20kg blocks – sheep, goats, camelids – 1 block per 50 head, 1 block should last +50 days, consumption 5-10g/head/day
  • 20kg blocks – cattle, deer – 1 block per 10 head, 1 block should last +50 days, consumption 15-25g/head/day
  • 2.5kg blocks – sheep, goats, camelids – 1 block per 10 head, 1 block should last +20 days, consumption 5-10g/head/day
  • 2.5kg blocks – cattle, deer – 1 block per head, 1 block should last +75 days, consumption 15-25g/head/day

Warnings:

  • For animal treatment only.
  • Make sure animals have access to fresh water when feeding salt.
  • Do not exceed the recommended dose rates.
  • Do not use at the same time as any other selenised fertilizer prill or product without consulting a veterinarian.
  • Do not use with other copper supplements, including compound feeds, especially with young animals, without consulting a veterinarian.

Sodium and Production

Salt is lost in milk, urine, faeces, sweat and saliva. And it is not insignificant – a cow milking 20 litres/day can lose the equivalent of 35g of salt in the milk each day. Pasture can be low in sodium and bulk feeds are often deficient. The benefits of sodium supplementation have been demonstrated in NZ and overseas.

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
Summit Salt Blocks are a cost effective way of supplementing essential minerals while providing the salt required to maintain production.

Summit recommends:

  • Salt in some form should be available at all times all year around
  • Salt blocks should be available at all times when grazing Lucerne
  • More salt is available to lactating, young and growing animals
  • More salt is available when feeding fibrous feeds
  • Salt blocks should be available when grazing pasture recently fertilized with potassium

Minerals

For details on mineral content and deficiency symptoms refer to our Summit Minerals table.

Weathering

All salt is soluble. Summit Salt Block formulations improve water shedding. Trials prove Summit Salt Blocks last nearly 4 times longer than rock salt and require twice as much rainfall before being broken down when exposed to weather elements.

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