Grazing animals as master nutritionists

We like to think that a ruminant’s tongue is the most dynamic and comprehensive nutritional laboratory in the world. For animals to survive, this must be so.

Our farm’s intense dedication to animal nutrition began the third day after our cattle arrived. We spent the previous weeks preparing their paddocks, running water lines, cleaning up fences, and sourcing minerals (salt, a balanced mineral mix, and kelp). We were hyper-dedicated to where and what our cattle would eat but we were about to discover that we had entirely neglected their nourishment.

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