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Mineral Up for Your Very Best Breed Up

November 13, 2019


By Will Winter, DVM

There’s plenty of good news about this topic, but first, I should mention the bad news. There are several enemies to achieving good fertility, virility and reproduction. These enemies have stolen your minerals or have made them unavailable. These are the main concerns, not in any certain order:

Erosion of Soil: And leaching of vital minerals from rainfall causes deficiencies. USDA studies show that the fruits and vegetables that we farm and eat today only bear about 14% of the minerals that the same crops had in them back in 1914! The same is true for all hay and forage crops.
Cash Drops: Every cash crop hauled off the land removes nutrients and minerals. There is about $92 worth of valuable minerals in every ton of hay removed. Figure even more for each ton of livestock hauled off.
Glyphosate: Known as a mineral chelator, which was its original patent for use. Chelation means “locking up” or making unavailable, and that it how it kills weeds. It steals the vital minerals making the weed so mineral-deficient and immune deficient that it is killed by soil pathogens. Any GMO plant, or any by-product from distilling ethanol contains tremendous levels of glyphosate.
Iron: Sadly, excess iron in the soil, plants or water will also lock up crucial reproductive minerals and cause deficiencies. The main minerals that it steals are Copper and Zinc, two minerals crucial for successful breeding.
Migration: Almost all livestock today are prevented from migrating to their ancestral salt licks and mineral licks and are forced to try to survive, stay healthy and breed on depleted pastures and forages. This is even true for wild migratory animals as well. Civilization is the enemy of many natural functions. We are now seeing outbreaks of disease in wild animals, from deer to moose, to turkeys. 
Poor Top Soil: A huge percentage of livestock grown today is fed on annuals, short-rooted, comparatively weak plants and grains that cannot get past poor topsoil on down to the subsoil level; the still mineral-rich storehouse that perennial plants can reach. In nature, there are few annual feed crops which is one of the main reasons that indigenous populations maintained exceptional fertility and vitality. Until now. 
Mineral Wheel: Home-made recipes or dabbling with “a little bit of this and a little bit of that” is almost always a problem because of the relationships found in the Mineral Wheel. The good news is the chart that shows you which minerals knock out which other minerals when given in excess.


I can document at least three herds I’ve worked with that saw their conception rate drop from the high 90’s by about 10% a year once they started feeding minerals with DDGs, finally getting to bankruptcy levels of 60-70%. 

Sheep and especially goats are animals that browse, meaning it is essential that they get50-80% of their nutrition from mineral-rich woody shrubs. When your small ruminant pastures start looking like a grassy and well-groomed golf course, trouble will find you.

Cattle, like almost all animals, require 19 (or more) minerals to be alive, much less to breed. The macro level minerals include Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Chlorine, and Sulfur. They also need lesser dosages of Chromium, Cobalt, Copper, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Boron, Nickel, Selenium, Vanadium, and Zinc. These are not optional, even ones that you have barely heard of!

For example, in a study of 351 cows, those with a hair analysis showing less than 10 ppm of Manganese achieved only 53 pregnancies, whereas those from 10-20 ppm achieved 144 cows pregnant!

Iodine-deficient hens had a laying rate of 44% while the control group delivered 90%.

Semen is so rich in Zinc that one ejaculation can get rid of all the Zinc that can be absorbed in one day.

The studies go on and on. It’s possible to say that every time there is disease, parasites, infections or infertility, there is ALWAYS a coexisting, if not causal, mineral deficiency. The same is true of vitamins!

In a University of Wisconsin study, the ovaries of cows eating fodder with < 20 ppm of Manganese weighed less than 0.65 mg whilst cows eating fodder >50 ppm of Manganese had an average ovary weight of over 2.0 mg! Ovary weight is very important to fertility and heat.

So, here’s the point. The myth that “everything my animals need is in the soil” is not true and was never even true historically. Going cheap on mineral supplements, sooner or later is going to be a recipe for disaster!

Now the good news! The work has been done for you. In a tried and tested recipe, originally formulated by the late Jerry Brunetti as well as myself over 35 years ago, we have woven together every single essential element in the exact right ratios to provide you guaranteed results! Sleep well when you know your livestock are getting the very best! CRAFTS-MIN ORGANIC, and all the other related formulations for sheep, goats, horses, pigs and poultry are as good as it gets. We know this because there is over a quarter of a million cattle on this formulation right now as well as hundreds of thousands of other animals of different species.

Even more good news! It doesn’t cost anything more to go for the very best. Most cattle can be fully mineralized by the Crafts-min mix for less than a dime a day! Don’t forget to add to this all the savings achieved by reducing vet bills, improving conception rates, better average daily gains, more weaning weight and less need for medical crutches.

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