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.
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.
Read all warnings and cautions on label. Follow mixing and feeding instructions carefully. For livestock use only.
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Sarah M from Utah
We have been using a locally produced salt supplement for our sheep and alpacas. I noticed scabs on my lambs’ ears and read that it was a sign if cobalt deficiency. We also lost a newborn alpaca this spring and in researching I learn that our soil is low in selenium as well. Our local supplement is also deficient in these elements. I have only been using these trace elements mixed with my regular salt for about a week, but I can already see that the skin on my lambs’ ears is healing.
Erling L from Minnesota
Great product! Way less foot problems.
Witchwood Farms from Idaho
I’m sure this product is fine for people who are willing to take a chance on it but I do not feed my sheep copper and had recently lost one to copper toxicity. When I purchased this product I didn’t realize it had copper in it and of course I will not take that chance again so I will be giving it away.
For a more detailed analysis, our Ask-An-Expert nutritionist can help figure out your copper problem.
Jennifer M from Texas
Ewes seem to like it and it's easy to use.
Brandon B from Tennessee
Been using a month now. Saves money and time not having to fill mineral feeder up all the time. Mixing it up is very easy. Will buy more.