Stock licks, Feeds.
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Commercial stock licks can contain a great variety of minerals, and the labels, as a result, often list an array of ingredients which can appear quite impressive. It is important, therefore, that the farmer should be able to tell which of these ingredients, if any are of value to his livestock. In most cases only one or two supplementary minerals are required on a farm, so that if contains a large amount minerals most of these are wasted. For example, in most coastal area a cobalt supplement is needed by sheep and cattle. The farmer, in this case should buy cobalt and not a compound lick that contains many other things. One does not buy a suite of furniture when all that is required is a chair.
Snook, L. C.
"Minerals for livestock - Why buy "Shot-gun " licks?,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3: Vol. 4
, Article 19.
Available at: https://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture3/vol4/iss3/19