A mineral lick (also known as a salt lick or natural lick salt) is a natural mineral deposit where animals in nutrient-poor ecosystems can obtain essential mineral nutrients. In an ecosystem, salt/mineral licks often occur naturally, providing the sodium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and zinc required in the springtime for bone, muscle, and other growth in deer and other wildlife, such as moose, elephants, tapirs, cattle, woodchucks, domestic sheep, fox squirrels, mountain goats, and porcupines. Harsh weather exposes salty mineral deposits that draw animals from miles away for a taste of needed nutrients.
Himalayan Salt licks are the perfect salt nutrition and mineral supplement for cattle, horses, and other livestock. With all the essential nutrients needed by the animal at all life stages – they are an essential part of the daily feed.
Salt licks are especially important in harsh weather and environments with poor availability of the needed nutrients, as well as elements such as phosphorus, sodium, calcium, iron, zinc, and other trace elements required for bone, muscle, and other formations in animals. Lactating cows, for instance, are particularly vulnerable to salt deficiency, and every day, they need salt to make milk which contains a good amount of sodium and chloride.
Himalayan salt licks are more than just salt – they are complete health supplements both for animals and cattle including horses, cows, buffaloes, sheep, camels, and home and farm pets. Cattle require salt every day for osmotic pressure maintenance, acid-base balance, body-fluid balance, nerve transmission, and active transport of amino acids, as well as cellular uptake of glucose carrier protein, and Sodium, as part of salt, which provides the majority of alkaline reserve in plasma. Chlorine is necessary for the activation of amylase, and the formation of gastric HCl acid, and is critical for respiration and regulation of blood pH.