Beef Cattle



		

Ranchers have been using Redmond salt and minerals with great success for 60 years. We provide simple, back-to-basics products that help cattle thrive and save you money.

It is most common to offer free-ranging beef cattle free-choice access to minerals.  When given the choice, they choose Redmond Premium Mineral Salt over any other salt or mineral offered which significantly reduces the intake of all the other products.  Realizing their ability to seek what they need, it becomes very clear how powerful these natural Redmond products are and they usually become the bulk of the mineral program.  This is often to the producer’s economic advantage as well.

Redmond Beef Program

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For TMR Inclusion

What products to use

If mixing into feed use 10 Fine Redmond Salt and Redmond Conditioner.  SR50 in 2000 lb totes is the blend of these two products already for use.

Instructions on how to use it.

For mature cattle use 6 oz/hd/day of SR 50 in the total feed mix which is 3 oz each of Redmond Salt and Conditioner.  Also offer free choice for those animals that require more.

For Free Choice

What product(s) to use

Redmond 4 medium, 10 Fine, or pressed blocks for the salt portion.  Use Redmond Conditioner mixed in with the salt

Instructions on how to use it.

Mix Redmond Conditioner with the granular salt (10 Fine blends more uniformly) at a rate of 1 bag of Conditioner to 3 or 4 bags of Redmond salt.  Work up to half and half.  Keep the granular or block products out all the time.  Containers with cover help keep the integrity of the product and help it last longer.

If there are mineral deficiencies or health concerns on the ranch, the 10 Fine or 4 Medium can be replaced by any of our other varieties like Selenium 90, which is Redmond Salt with the addition of 90 ppm selenium plus added copper, manganese, iodine, cobalt, and zinc.

We offer high iodized with therapeutic levels for pinkeye and footrot.

For TMR Inclusion

What products to use

If mixing into feed use 10 Fine Redmond Salt and Redmond Conditioner.  SR50 in 2000 lb totes is the blend of these two products already for use.

Instructions on how to use it.

For young stock use 4 oz/hd/day of SR 50 in the total feed mix which is 2 oz each of Redmond Salt and Conditioner.  Also offer free choice for those animals that require more.

For Free Choice

What product(s) to use

Redmond 4 medium, 10 Fine, or pressed blocks for the salt portion.  Use Redmond Conditioner mixed in with the salt

Instructions on how to use it.

Mix Redmond Conditioner with the granular salt (10 Fine blends more uniformly) at a rate of 1 bag of Conditioner to 3 or 4 bags of Redmond salt.  Work up to half and half.  Keep the granular or block products out all the time.  Containers with cover help keep the integrity of the product and help it last longer.

If there are mineral deficiencies or health concerns on the ranch, the 10 Fine or 4 Medium can be replaced by any of our other varieties like Selenium 90, which is Redmond Salt with the addition of 90 ppm selenium plus added copper, manganese, iodine, cobalt, and zinc.

We offer high iodized with therapeutic levels for pinkeye and foot rot

For TMR Inclusion

What products to use

If mixing into feed use 10 Fine Redmond Salt and Redmond Conditioner.  SR50 in 2000 lb totes is the blend of these two products already for use.

Instructions on how to use it.

For 500# – 600# use 4 oz/hd/day of SR 50 in the total feed mix which is 2 oz each of Redmond Salt and Conditioner.  Also offer free choice for those animals that require more.  As the cattle grow increase the rate.  700# – 800# use 6 oz/hd/day of SR 65.

For Free Choice

What product(s) to use

Redmond 4 medium, 10 Fine, or pressed blocks for the salt portion.  Use Redmond Conditioner mixed in with the salt

Instructions on how to use it.

Mix Redmond Conditioner with the granular salt (10 Fine blends more uniformly) at a rate of 1 bag of Conditioner to 3 or 4 bags of Redmond salt.  Work up to half and half.  Keep the granular or block products out all the time.  Containers with cover help keep the integrity of the product and help it last longer.

If there are mineral deficiencies or health concerns on the ranch, the 10 Fine or 4 Medium can be replaced by any of our other varieties like Selenium 90, which is Redmond Salt with the addition of 90 ppm selenium plus added copper, manganese, iodine, cobalt, and zinc.

We offer high iodized with therapeutic levels for pinkeye and foot rot

For TMR Inclusion

What products to use

If mixing into feed use 10 Fine Redmond Salt and Redmond Conditioner.  SR50 in 2000 lb totes is the blend of these two products already for use.

Instructions on how to use it.

For 800# – 900# use 6 oz/hd/day of SR 65 in the total feed mix which is a little over 2 oz of Redmond Salt and about 3 oz of Redmond Conditioner.  Also offer free choice for those animals that require more.  As the cattle 1000# increase to 8 oz/hd/day of SR 65.  From 1200# on up increase to 10 oz/hd/day of SR 65.

For Free Choice

What product(s) to use

SR 65

Instructions on how to use it.

Keep SR 65 out at all times. If there are mineral deficiencies or health concerns, the 10 Fine or 4 Medium can be replaced by any of our other varieties like Selenium 90, which is Redmond Salt with the addition of 90 ppm selenium plus added copper, manganese, iodine, cobalt, and zinc.

We offer high iodized with therapeutic levels for pinkeye and footrot.

Supporting Research

pH of Rumen Affected by Redmond

Redmond Conditioner vs Bicarb rumen ph

Redmond gives cows the minerals they need.

(Data is an average from four dairy herds – 2,200 cows)

Dairy Liver Biopsy

Buffering Capacity

Redmond Conditioner buffers rumen as effectively as sodium bicarbonate while delivering 3x more benefits.

Redmond Conditioner vs Sodium Bicarb

Redmond Conditioner Toxin Absorption Rates

Toxin absorption rates

Data source: Trilogy Analytical Laboratory, Horton, KS, 2001
Data source: Trilogy Analytical Laboratory, Horton, KS, 2015

“Naturally balanced mineralized sea salts are high in sodium chloride and are excellent sources of many essential macro- and micro-minerals.”

Read the full article from Beef Magazine to learn how “sodium chloride and other salts appear to aid in preventing grass tetany, reproductive losses and other disorders associated with high-potassium forages.”

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Beef Magazine - Don't short salt

Customer testimonials

The results speak for themselves. Click the arrows to navigate through a few of the testimonials we’ve received from our customers.

“Life on the ranch was really good for about 7 or 8 years on Redmond. Then my foreman decided to "save us money." He found he could get regular salt at the feed store for $2.00 a bag less than the Redmond Mineral Salt. I didn’t know he had made the change until I started seeing a lot more bills coming across my desk for the expensive mineral we feed. I wondered what had changed to cause the cows to go through so much of it again, so I made a trip to the ranch. When I stepped out of the pickup truck and saw our cows, I knew things were bad. The shiny, glossy hair coats were gone, and this fall we had more open cows than we had had for 7 years. We learned the hard way what the Redmond Mineral Salt was doing for us. We went back to Redmond Salt and things are good again. ”

A.T.Wyoming

“Here at our feedlot, we use the Redmond Salt and the Redmond Conditioner all the way through from start to finish. We like what the Redmond Minerals do for the cattle. Our gains are good, but our yields are really great. In this business standard yields are 63 to 63.5%; we consistently get 64.5% or more all the time, and that increase is significant.”

Ed KaupWest Point, Nebraska

“I used to feed a formulated mineral package free choice to my Devon Beef cows. Then we put out Redmond Natural Trace Mineral Salt and Redmond Conditioner mixed with kelp. My cattle chose the Redmond products and quit consuming the formulated mineral. We no longer buy the formulated mineral. I know my cows’ bodies and their coats are shinier and the skin condition they were suffering from went away after feeding the Redmond products and kelp. The cows seem to be getting progressively better all of the time.”

Lindley Farm and RanchMineola, Texas

“I had 87 fall heifers that had been on Kentucky 31 Fescue pasture that had been bred with bulls (no A.I.) and he had one open cow in all 87. In a second set of heifers, he had 1 open in 65. These cows get 25 lbs of alfalfa hay, but no grain or mineral except Redmond’s Selenium 90 with added vitamins A, D, E.”

Jay PayneMissouri

“With Redmond Conditioner we get much higher numbers of prime and choice.”

Clint Johnson

“I buy junk cattle at the auction and finish them. I have always finished around 65% choice and prime. After including Redmond Conditioner in the rations I constantly get over 85% choice and prime now.”

JayNebraska

“Redmond products have really been a blessing. I use Redmond #10 Fine Salt because we used to have lots of trouble with the toxicity and fevers that come during Fescue season. When we add 10 Fine into our ration, these problems never come. My animals’ body condition scores are the best he has ever had.”

KellyKentucky

“Feeding Redmond 10 Fine has really helped the cattle. They have much shinier hair coats and are in much better condition.”

Tom BruceWyoming

“I’ve fed Redmond salt for many years to all types of stock including cattle, hair sheep, goats, and horses—and to my family. I’ve had great results. This year (2014) I mixed Redmond Salt with high selenium and high iodine 50/50 with Redmond Conditioner. The results were outstanding. The cattle were in the best condition they have ever been at the end of the year. We had absolutely no bloat, no pinkeye, no foot rot, and great breed up on 900 head of cattle. In our heifer development program, we had 8 open heifers out of 200 head; previously we would have had 20 to 30 open cows on that number of heifers. Also this year there were very few late breds. Redmond Conditioner kept the cattle’s digestion moderated so the manure pats stayed perfect all season—even when the cattle were grazing on extremely lush clover and grasses. I believe this is what contributed to the overall health and condition of the cattle. Even one week old calves are anxious to eat the Redmond Salt/Conditioner mix. The economic value of the Redmond program was huge for us. We plan to expand our use of Redmond Salt and Conditioner in the future.”

Greg KoetterWalnut Mt. Ranch, Iowa

“On our Wyoming ranch we had always fed a really expensive mineral with salt next to it because we didn’t want the cows eating the expensive mineral if they were just salt hungry. When we learned about Redmond Minerals, we changed the salt to be Redmond Salt and when we did, our animals’ consumption of the expensive mineral went down nearly in half. I would have been concerned about their not eating that mineral except that the cows got a shine in the hair coat that we had never seen before so we knew they were getting what they needed. And that fall we had fewer open cows than we had ever had.”

A.T.Wyoming

“We have been using Redmond Salt and Condition for the past two years. We have found a noticeable difference in the health of our cattle. Our calves handle the weaning stresses much more readily without the sickness that used to plague us. In the winter the cows are more active and energetic since being supplemented with the Redmond salt and conditioner.”

Butch & Loreen Grandy

“When we feed Redmond to our cows they have no pink eye, no foot rot, no sick calves, and so few open cows that they don't even preg check cows anymore.”

GeneT Chair Livestock

“I have been using the Redmond Salt now for about 6 years. Since being on Redmond, I don't have to doctor near as many cows as I used to. My herd just is healthier and I attribute a lot of that improvement to the minerals in Redmond products.”

Blaine ShermanNebraska

“I feed beef cows here in upstate New York and I had always wondered if the Redmond Salt was worth the extra cost I have to pay for it. Recently I ran out of the loose Redmond salt for the mix and it wasn't convenient to get more, so I got some regular white salt at the local feed store. Since I felt that this plain salt was not as good as the Redmond, I put 20% more salt in the mix than I had been doing. As soon as the cows started eating that batch of feed, they immediately began licking the Redmond Dura blocks like as if I had not put any salt in the mix at all. That told me the minerals in the Redmond Salt were more important to my cows than what I had thought. Seeing that, I made the effort to have Redmond Salt available for the next batch of feed. As soon as the cows were back on feed that had the Redmond Salt mixed in it (at the normal lower level), they quit hitting the pressed Redmond blocks. I had always wondered if the Redmond Salt was worth the extra cost I have to pay for it; now I know that it is.

G.K.New York

“My neighbor and I have adjoining pastures separated by a fence and each of us has a bull in our fields. Recently I was watching my neighbor’s bull walking the fence line like he was looking for a place to get through the fence. I figured he was wanting to come over and fight with my bull. Eventually the bull found a weak spot in the fence and got into my pasture. Rather than head for my bull, he walked 300 yards straight over to my tub of Redmond Natural Mineral Salt and began eating. After eating all he wanted, he turned around and went back across the field, through the hole in the fence, and back into his field.”

Jonathan AukerMinnesota

“I had a lady come in a while back that bought a 50lb bag of 10 Fine for her horse. She just dumped it out in a trough for the horse. There were two cows that shared the same pasture with the horse. The cows chased off the horse and between the 8 of them polished of the minerals in less than 2 days! The funny part is that she had 2 commercial mineral blocks in the cow trough and to this day they still will not eat them after having had the Redmond! People just don’t get how good Redmond is until they try it!”

Frank (Redmond Dealer)Florida

“With all the rain Nebraska has received lately the concern and talk of the town is calf scours. The head of the SCS/NRCS has been preaching Redmond Minerals because his calves are eating our salt and they aren't scouring. Likewise, our calves don't have scours.”

Casper CoorfieldNebraska

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Redmond Salt so unique?

This is one of the most mineral rich sea deposits in the world.  There are over 60 naturally occurring elements in these products in the perfect balance and proportion, so this is not just refined sodium chloride.

What is Redmond Conditioner?

This is volcanic ash that fell into the sea water taking on those same properties.  There are also over 60 naturally occurring elements in this, like the salt, but there is very little sodium and chloride.  There are higher levels of all the other elements because of this.

Why should I feed Redmond Conditioner? Does it replace the salt?

Conditioner does not replace the salt because there is very little salt in the Conditioner.  These two products are very complimentary to each other.  Conditioner is volcanic ash.  Having undergone the natural heat treatment, the minerals are very available.  For example, Conditioner has 5% calcium whereas our salt has 0.05% calcium.  Perhaps even of more import than the minerals is the fact that Conditioner binds toxins very well, cleaning up the digestive system so nutrients in the feed can be absorbed.  In addition, it buffers the rumen and helps to utilize more of the free nitrogen that is prevalent in lush growing grass and other high protein situations.  This is a 4 in 1 type of product that brings great results for an inexpensive price.

Do I need to feed any other minerals if I feed Redmond products?

When given a choice, animals choose Redmond over any other salt or mineral program.  Normally intake on any other mineral product is reduced significantly, especially if Redmond Conditioner is fed with the Redmond Salt.  Depending on the soils and feed quality in the area, they may need a little extra of certain minerals.  Leaving access to some kind of heavier mineral mix will show whether they need it or not.  You can also use our products with added minerals like Selenium 90.

Can I feed Redmond along with my other minerals?

Yes.  They will likely eat a lot less of the other minerals, however.

Is there too much iron in Redmond?

According to the National Research Council (NRC), iron requirements for cattle are suggested to be around 50 mg/kg of feed.  For average feed consumption for beef cows this equates to a minimum requirement of 1000 mg of iron/day.  For dairy cows it’s around 1500 mg/day.

Feeds like grass, alfalfa, and corn silage are providing between 2500 mg to 11,000 mg/day of iron, far exceeding the book values of cow requirements.

Redmond Salt is providing 14 mg for every ounce consumed so around 28 to 85 mg/day or iron which is between ½% and 3% of the daily requirement depending on how much they consume.

Redmond Conditioner is providing 110 mg for every ounce consumed so around 220 to 665 mg/day or iron which is between 6% and 8% of the daily requirement.

Clearly, cattle are consuming way more iron than they require according to the book and have been for centuries.  Nature has a way of dealing with these kinds of things.  Iron in feedstuffs and minerals is in the ferric form (fe+3) and is poorly absorbed in the intestinal tract.  Enterocytes regulate iron absorption efficiency and any more than 2 percent entering the system is excreted (Beard and Dawson, 1997). 

Iron has a relationship with zinc, copper, and manganese and they all compete for absorption sites.  Adding extra of these elements helps in keeping the balance.

Are the results from feeding Redmond I hear about guaranteed?

We wish we could say yes, but animals, feeds, and location are all different.  There are so many variables to health and production.  Certainly the majority of the time good things happen when animals are introduced to Redmond products, which is why you hear good things.