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Deer Minerals

Old 12-23-2003, 07:48 AM
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I was looking around at some mineral sites for di cal and saw some 250 lb tubs of minerals and vitamins for sheep/goats and others for cattle/horses. The difference btween the two is the amount of copper in the mix I think. They both have between 18 and 24 percent crude protein as well as dicalcium phosphate and some selenium and many other vitamins and nutrients. There is no animal by products of any type in the mixes. It seems to me that for 30.00, this would be the thing to put out as it is ready made and appears to have everything in it that a deer needs as far as vitamins and minerals to help it's growth of bones and antlers and milk production. I was just curious to which the deer is more similar, sheep/goats or cattle/horses. They do have a tub for deer/elk and the ingredients are the same except the protein and di cal quantities are lower for some reason. Anyone ever try this type stuff? The elk farmers seem to be fond of it but what about wild animals that don't get fed by man except food plots and such? What do you guys think?

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Old 12-23-2003, 09:59 PM
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It sounds good to me. How much salt does it contain? If it doesn't have any or very little you might try adding 50 pounds of white mixin salt and toss in some molasses to make it more appealing for the deer. Do you have any more info on it? I would be interested because the recipe I'm using now costs about $60 for 300 pounds so it would definately save me some money. Get me the brand name of it if you can.

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Old 12-24-2003, 01:11 PM
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I have not tried this, but I will in the spring.

1 part dicalcium phosphate
2 parts loose dairy minerals
1 part loose stock salt
1 part dry molasses or couple boxes berry jello mix (optional)
Use a coffee can or similar to mix each part as you mix. Do not mix until ready to use.
Dig or tear up circle 36 inches wide or so and about 6 inches deep. Mix mineral mix with soil. Replenish in 6 months or sooner if they really tear it up.
Plain salt materials are great as an attractant but go with something with more minerals. The above will make 200 lbs for about $23.
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Old 12-28-2003, 08:25 AM
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I saw these at Tractor Supply Store.
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