Why feed salt to cattle? How often do cows feed salt
We all know that cattle raising friends cannot do without salt. Why do we need to feed them salt? How much salt does the cow feed a day? How often do cows feed the salt? Sheep&Cattle Farming net introduces the importance of salt in cattle breeding based on the cattle breeding experience of some beef cattle farms.
Table salt is a good flavoring agent for promoting the appetite of livestock and poultry, but it is also a nutritional additive that supplements the two elements of sodium and chlorine. Sodium and chlorine are important substances indispensable for the physiological activities of animals. Lack of salt will reduce the appetite of livestock, slow growth, rough and dull coat, lower milk production and reproduction, lower feed utilization, and sometimes pica. However, the content of sodium and chlorine in plant feed is very small, and herbivorous livestock are prone to insufficient sodium and other elements. Therefore, herbivorous livestock and poultry must be supplemented with salt in an appropriate amount. How much salt does a cow eat in a day? For general beef cattle, the feeding amount can account for 0.4% of the feed dry matter; for milking cows it is 0.5%, and it is mixed in the mixture at a ratio of 0.5-1%, or it can be made into a lick to allow it to lick freely. For adult cattle, the daily feeding amount is 20 to 25 grams per head; for calves, the daily feeding amount is 6 to 12 grams per head.
Why do we have to feed salt every other time? Usually the forage we use to raise cattle also contains a certain amount of minerals, but there are two problems: one is the unbalanced and incomplete content of minerals; the other is the minerals in it, especially some trace amounts. Elements are often intimately connected by organic bonds, which are difficult to absorb by the animal body. Salt feeding is based on the physiological characteristics of cattle to supplement the nutrients absorbed by the animal body. Generally, cattle farms use salt licking blocks. There is a hole in the salt licking block. It is hung on the trough with a rope. The animal body needs to lick as much as possible. Lick less if you need more. And it is convenient and labor-saving.
Feeding salt to cattle can increase appetite, and the feeding amount is directly proportional to body weight and feed intake. The larger the feed intake, the more feeding amount. When eating more grass, it should be more appropriate. Iodized salt also contains iodine, which can promote growth. Cows like to eat salt. The main ingredient of table salt is sodium chloride, which is an indispensable nutrient in the body, which plays a role in maintaining the concentration of body fluids.
Cows sometimes get sick, vomiting up after eating grass, and drink less water. At this time, we have to add salt to the cow, because this is because the cow's body is lacking in salt, so we need to feed it with salt water with a salt content of 60%. Up. But don't feed too much to prevent salt poisoning. Once the cow is poisoned by salt, you must drink plenty of water to detoxify the salt!
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