For thousands of years it has been known that domestic and wild animals need salt just as man does, and not just for flavor. The virtues of salt for animals were extolled by the ancient Greeks. Early explorers in Africa, Asia and North America recorded observations of grazing animals traveling to salt springs or deposits to satisfy ravenous appetites for salt. Animals deprived of salt will risk grave danger or resort to unusual behavior to obtain it. Considerable evidence exists that early nomads and hunters took advantage of this fact to lure and capture animals by locating areas with salt and waiting for animals to come there periodically.
Salt is unique in that animals have a much greater appetite for the sodium and chloride in salt than for other minerals. Because most plants provide insufficient sodium for animal feeding and may lack adequate chloride content, salt supplementation is a critical part of a nutritionally balanced diet for animals. In addition, because animals have a definite appetite for salt, it can be used as a delivery mechanism to ensure adequate intake of less palatable nutrients and as a feed limiter.
Even though the body only contains about 0.2% sodium, it is essential for life and is highly regulated. About half of the sodium in the body is in the soft tissues of the body; the other half in bones. Sodium is vital to stock health, it plays a major role in maintaining body fluid balances, transmitting nerve impulses and the uptake of key nutrients from the bloodstream. To maintain good animal health it is essential that salt is provided in the domestic farm environment.
The other nutrient in salt, chloride, is also essential for life. Chloride is the primary anion in blood, and represents about two thirds of its acidic ions. The chloride shift, movement of chloride in and out of the red blood cells, is essential in maintaining the acid-base balance of the blood. Chloride is also a necessary part of the hydrochloric acid produced by the stomach which is required to digest most foods.
KMS Salt provides minerals that are essential for muscle, nerve and immune system functions, healthy coats and sound reproductive health. Because cattle actually seek out salt, it can be very useful as a carrier for other essential nutrients.
Salt is a necessary mineral for cattle, and they need to consume it on a regular basis. Animals have varying mineral requirements depending on their age, stage of reproduction and weather conditions. That’s why there are KMS Salt products, like weather durable cattle salt licks as blocks and bricks, to meet a variety of needs for your herd.
The purpose of the animal’s immune system is to render harmless foreign agents which may be bacteria, virus, or non infectious entities such as chemicals or toxins. Trace Mineral deficiencies occur all too frequently. When they do, the animal grows at a reduced rate, uses its feed less efficiently and operates with a depressed immune system. The end result is inefficient production and low profitability. To maximize immune functions, Trace Minerals must be provided on a regular basis. Because many of the Trace Mineral compounds are unpalatable in the pure form, providing a delivery method that ensures the proper intake on a regular basis is essential. Trace Mineral salt has proven to be the safest, most effective delivery method.
Salt doesn’t make you thirst – it is a imbalance in the salt/water ratios within your body that makes you thirsty. If you have too much salt, then you will become thirsty and drink water to restore the balance. If you have too much water, your body disposes of the excess water. Too little water is of course harmful. If you have too little salt, then this can also be extremely dangerous. Drinking large amounts of water and sweating in the summer sun can leave you low on salt and if excessive can be fatal. By giving cattle both water, food and salt blocks, they can regulate their intake as per their bodies requirements.
KMS animals salt blocks are hard, rock-like manufactured blocks that contain a range of trace elements. They can be scattered around a farm for animals to lick. The blocks are usually mainly salt (sodium chloride), but can also contain calcium, iodine, copper, cobalt, iron, selenium and zinc.
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