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CloversMum

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Posted - Feb 01 2016 :  09:17:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We finally got back Clover's mineral report that was done back in November. I think the report somehow got lost. However, the report states that the serum sample contains a lower than adequate phosphorus concentration.

So, what supplement should we be adding to Clover's diet? She is getting grass hay, Chaffhaye, Modesto Mills dairy pellets, and kelp.

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; A few Jersey cows; a few alpacas; a few more goats, and even more ducks and chickens

Sydney2015

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Posted - Feb 01 2016 :  09:30:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I wouldn't know anything about this(okay, I might know something, but not what to add to her diet), but I hope you can get her straightened out. Helpful, aren't I?

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I live on a small farm of seventy acres called Green Forest Farm, with 10 horses, a donkey, 5 beef cows, 2 beef heifers, 3 Hereford heifers, around 60 chickens, 8 dogs, my amazing cow, AppleButter, and her little Jersey calf HoneyButter!
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maryjane

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Posted - Feb 01 2016 :  10:02:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
But no dairy minerals? Or Redmond Rock Salt?

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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maryjane

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Posted - Feb 01 2016 :  10:24:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The minerals I give my cows are called Hi Phos Dairy Premix O from Wick's Livestock Nutrition in Nebraska, 402-925-2475, http://www.wickslivestock.com/

Dairy cows being low in phosphorus is fairly common but because I do the minerals my cows have never tested low in it. I'll send some minerals home with Ethan today. They mix into the Chaffhaye nicely.

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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CloversMum

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Posted - Feb 01 2016 :  10:39:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh, I forgot ... yes, all the cows have Redmond rock salt.

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maryjane

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Posted - Feb 01 2016 :  10:48:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
To start out with, give Clover, Betsy, and Tony a scant 1/4 cup per day mixed in with some Chaffhaye. Humble would get less. After you get her levels up, you can cut back. I've been cutting back a tad because when I had Rosetta's levels tested recently she was on the high end for copper and selenium. Selenium is something animals around here are easily low in.

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Sydney2015

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Posted - Feb 01 2016 :  11:25:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That is good to know, I may have to order some for AppleButter.

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maryjane

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Posted - Feb 01 2016 :  12:01:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
For more info on Wick's minerals, check out Milk Cow Kitchen, page 261.

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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Sydney2015

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Posted - Feb 01 2016 :  1:17:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Okay, I will, I'm looking at the book right now! ;)

A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing - Laura Ingalls Wilder

I live on a small farm of seventy acres called Green Forest Farm, with 10 horses, a donkey, 5 beef cows, 2 beef heifers, 3 Hereford heifers, around 60 chickens, 8 dogs, my amazing cow, AppleButter, and her little Jersey calf HoneyButter!
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CloversMum

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Posted - Feb 01 2016 :  1:59:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This is a good reminder and thank you for sending some home with Ethan. We had been feeding the cows Wick's minerals and then somehow that fell through the cracks ... forgot all about it. Oh bother. But we will order more. :)

I did remember that our area is low in selenium ... I always have to be careful with my goats about that one.

So, folks, get Wick's dairy minerals for your animals!

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; A few Jersey cows; a few alpacas; a few more goats, and even more ducks and chickens
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