Making your own protein blocks for cattle

NSW DPI - Ian Blackwood

Type: PDF
Knowledge level: Introductory

Farm Table says:

Useful article on making your own protein blocks for cattle. Interesting to know you can make your own protein blocks for cattle at home and for a fraction of the price of store bought lick blocks.

This fact sheet gives producers information and steps to take to make your own protein lick blocks for cattle. Lick blocks have become more popular in recent years however they can be expensive.

The items covered in this article were:

• About lick blocks

• Make your own protein lick blocks

• Hints and tips

Key points were as follows:

• Cattle require a certain level of crude protein and when feed intake becomes dry, lick blocks can be an effective way of giving cattle the additional protein they require. Lick blocks are expensive to buy so other protein rich alternatives might be a better cost effective option; alternatives include cottonseed meal, high protein pellets, and lupins.

• Another cheaper alternative to store bought lick blocks is to make your own lick blocks at home (ingredients include molasses, urea, salt, phosphorus source, protein meal and cement).

Handy hints and tips:

1) Homemade lick blocks can take up to 10 days to set.

2) Do not add in more than 10% urea and dissolve it before mixing into the rest of the ingredients.

3) Block moulds can be made from timber, plastic, cardboard, fertiliser bags etc.

4) Use a coat of oil in the mould before adding the ingredients in.

2006 - Australia - NSW DPI - Ian Blackwood
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