History: Salt: The livestock producer’s most essential mineral

Reprinted from the November 1949 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Salt: The livestock producer’s most essential mineral
By Edward H. Burles, Canadian Cattlemen Staff

‘When livestock are short of feed or water, bawling tells us their need. Salt hunger, however, is not so readily indicated nor so easily noticed as the need for water or feed. The need for salt nevertheless is just as real and as far-reaching in its effects. The term generally used to describe the benefits resulting from an ample supply of salt, “they seem to do better”, does not express the true value. It is an absolute essential in the ration of all livestock, no matter what the stage of growth or production.’

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