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#3270281 - 06/18/13 10:52 AM Cargill trace mineral blocks?
Doskil
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Do the red Cargill brand mineral blocks and bricks they sell at farm stores provide any benefit to deer?

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#3270299 - 06/18/13 11:26 AM Re: Cargill trace mineral blocks? [Re: Doskil]
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The consensus from the experts is that there is no benefit to their health per se, but it is an excellent attractant in many cases. Make sure a lot of those preformed blocks don't contain Copper; I've heard that is NOT good for deer.
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#3270333 - 06/18/13 12:20 PM Re: Cargill trace mineral blocks? [Re: Doskil]
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 Originally Posted By: Doskil
Do the red Cargill brand mineral blocks and bricks they sell at farm stores provide any benefit to deer?

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Not sure about those in particular,but minerals do benefit deer,how much is the question. Not very much is the overall opinion,just does not make up enough of their diet in the wild to make a big difference.
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#3270346 - 06/18/13 12:30 PM Re: Cargill trace mineral blocks? [Re: Football Hunter]
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I would go with Trophy Rock, 100% natural
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#3270452 - 06/18/13 03:24 PM Re: Cargill trace mineral blocks? [Re: Doskil]
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If you look at the constituents and concentrations of mineral blocks (both Trophy Rock and the generic farm supply trace minerals) there's not much difference except cost. Both are 91-96% salt with the remainder being phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesuim, zinc, iron, etc.

40-50lbs/block for $5-8 vs. a 12lb Trophy Rock for $13-18; economically it's a no-brainer. As well, I did a side-by-side comparison and based upon the constituents there isn't an appreciable difference between them. I buy the $6 trace mineral blocks, bust them in half, they still weigh nearly twice as much a typical TR, and the deer simply pound them like crazy.


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#3271185 - 06/19/13 12:58 PM Re: Cargill trace mineral blocks? [Re: Boll Weevil]
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Thanks for the replies!
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#3278808 - 06/29/13 10:56 PM Re: Cargill trace mineral blocks? [Re: Boll Weevil]
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:)......the key diff, as Bsk said in an earlier post is "natural" ingredients........with that said, I go with the affordable and I can just tell you, the deer pound them to death and I have photos to prove it.













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