Kelp for Stock Supplement
KELP MEAL (Durvillea potatorum) For Stock Supplement
Bull Kelp (Durvillaea potatorum) is collected by Kelp harvesters from clean, unpolluted waters around Tasmania and King Island. Kelp contains over 60 minerals and elements including iodine, selenium, 21 amino acids and 12 vitamins, and feeding kelp helps make up for what is lacking in pastures and commercial mineral mixes. The iodine in kelp improves feed utilization by regulating metabolism.
For the most part, farmers support kelp supplementation. In his book, “You Can Farm”, Joel Salatin recommends using kelp.
Just some of the nutrition that makes kelp so popular with small farmers is due to the fact that it is rich in:
It is almost impossible to find any livestock supplement that is so rich in macro and micronutrients! Really, at the end of the day there seems to be little reason why we should NOT feed our animals kelp.
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