Sheep Trace Mineral Premix
A fortified, free-choice trace mineral premix for sheep. Feed free choice (mix with salt) to ewes year-round. Improves hoof health and other immune deficiencies.
- Supplements 10 sheep for 1 year
- Mix with 50 lbs of plain salt
- High levels of zinc and iodine for hoof health, animal growth and reproduction
- Nutritionist formulated to exceed NRC requirements
Add Sheep/Goat Vitamin A/D/E Premix for diets low in fresh forage.
California Residents: Proposition 65 Information
The GOLD Formula difference…
Formulated by Premier’s small ruminant nutritionist, Dr. Dan Morrical, Ph.D., Sheep Trace Mineral Premix contains high levels of zinc and iodine to promote healthier hooves, animal growth and reproduction. (Hoof growth is a long term process so benefits may not be seen for several months of continuous feeding of this trace mineral salt mixture.)
Dr. Morrical builds on the work done by Dr. Kennedy of Pipestone Veterinary Services. In addition to increased levels of zinc and iodine, Sheep Trace Mineral Premix contains additional selenium (to the maximum level allowed by the FDA), manganese, and cobalt to maximize flock health and immunity. Molybdenum has also been increased for more protection against copper accumulation in the liver—sheep absorb copper more efficiently than goats.
GOLD vs. SE/I (when mixed with 50 lb plain salt)
Sheep Trace Mineral Premix
|Selenium & Iodine Premix**
|Cost per ewe, per year*||$2.38||$1.26|
- Calcium (Ca), min 10.00%
- Calcium (Ca), max 12.00%
- Sulfur (S), min 10.00%
- Iron (Fe), min 550 ppm
- Cobalt (Co), min 600 ppm
- Molybdenum (Mo), min 750 ppm
- Selenium (Se), min 990 ppm
- Copper (Cu), min 0 ppm
- Copper (Cu), max 26.5 ppm
- Iodine (I), min 6,000 ppm
- Manganese (Mn), min 16,000 ppm
- Zinc (Zn), min 245,000 ppm
Ingredients: Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Molybdate, Mineral Oil, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Sodium Selenite, Manganous Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Cobalt Sulfate.
Limestone is used as a carrier for calcium.
How to Use
Thoroughly mix Sheep Trace Mineral Premix into 50 lbs of feed mixing salt. Provide in weekly amounts to the sheep flock to prevent wastage from weathering.
Sheep are expected to consume .25 oz of mixture per head per day. If sheep are in confinement, also add 2 lb of Sheep/Goat Vitamin A/D/E Premix. Our research determined that when vitamins are added to a premix, they begin to degrade and lose their effectiveness. The shepherd can slow this break down by keeping vitamins and minerals separate, until they are ready to be fed.
Note: Bag labels indicate mixing 1 lb of A/D/E with the mineral premix. We suggest to mix 2 lbs of A/D/E with mineral mix for sheep consuming the mineral in confinement (i.e. without access to fresh forage).
For flocks needing calcium and phosphorous, add 20 lbs dicalcium phosphate and 10 lbs of limestone to the 55 lb salt mixture. Intake should increase to .5 oz of mixture per head per day to ensure adequate micro-mineral consumption. If intakes are not adequate, 5% molasses or processed grains can be added to increase palatability.
Always provide a source of fresh, clean water.
Shepherd’s Choice® Management TipAdding Deccox to trace mineral salt mix is a means of treating pasture lambs. However, the dosage is tricky. Ewes need 0.5 mg per kilogram of bodyweight. (E.g. If ewes are 154 pounds, or 70 kg, they need 35 mg per day.) In a 55 pound mix of Sheep Trace Mineral Premix with salt, add 5 pounds of 6% Deccox®.* Lambs may not eat enough to be treated. One can double the inclusion rate as Deccox is quite safe.
In areas with excess moisture and humidity, add an anti-caking agent to the trace mineral salt to prevent the mixture from clumping. As an alternative, reduce the amount of salt offered to a weekly supply, or less.
Several anti-caking agents are specific for salt. They are calcium aluminum silicate, calcium silicate, calcium stearate, magnesium stearate or magnesium silicate. The inclusion rate should start at 1% of the salt mixture and can go up to 2%. Diatomaceous earth can also be used at a 2% inclusion rate.
Questions? Ask a sheep expert to help customize a mineral ration for your situation.
Read all warnings and cautions on label. Follow mixing and feeding instructions carefully. For livestock use only.
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Judy R from Michigan
I have been using this for a little over a year now. I switched because the sheep were eating their salt with molasses like candy. They seem to be doing very well on this mineral mix. The downside is I have to mix it. I am a small producer so I am using a paint mixer on a drill in a 5 gallon pail. I also store it in a sealed container once it is mixed. I use five gallon pails with a screw-on lid.
Matthew S from New York
Product is great, but shipping rate was not so good.
Erin G from New Hampshire
This is a fantastic product! It’s extremely cost-effective, it doesn’t rely on the cheap ploy of flavor additives to coerce consumption, and it does an excellent job of correcting the Selenium-deficiencies caused by our region’s soil composition.
We raise Jacob sheep—primarily the four-horned variety—so horns are as big a concern as maintaining strong hooves for healthy feet. I pay PLENTY for a quality non-GMO feed and very good hay; I cannot afford supplementary additives.
Thankfully, I do not have to; our flock has done extremely well on this for the past 5 years (so much so that our Vet now recommends this mix to other shepherds.) It’s extremely simple to mix a bag of this into 40lbs of copper-free salt and set it out for free-choice consumption, and I am delighted with the results.
Joshua T from Oregon
Good quality mineral premix for an affordable price.
Alana Y from Hawaii
Shipped quickly and directions were easy to follow. Have yet to see how our herd likes it.