April 17th, 2009, 10:32 AM
question about dicalcium phosphate
I can't find dicalcium phosphate to purchase for my mineral sites. Does anyone know where I can purchase this? If not, is there an alternative that I can use? If not, can I make my mineral site w/ just the granulated trace mineral and the granulated stock salt?
thanks for any help
April 17th, 2009, 10:40 AM
Don't go to your local chain feed store (tractor supply, orschelins). Head to where the farmers go for their feed/additives, they generally either have it on hand, or will have them throw a bag on their next truck.
Originally Posted by shawn Q
I think you can make your mineral site out of just the trace/rock, but it doesn't provide much nutritional value for your animals, it'd just be an attractant. Then again I'm not a biologist....
April 17th, 2009, 10:44 AM
Also add granulated molasses to your mix it will make them come to it even quicker, add it to it and you will see why i almost want to eat it how sweet it smells.
April 17th, 2009, 10:59 AM
I bought everything I needed at Soutern States. If you can't find Di-calcium phosphate you can buy some sheep and goat minerals it has it add into it along with other trace minerals. My recipe is a little different than most on here but it works great.
1 1/2 scoop of trace minerals
1 scoop dicalcium phosphate
1 scoop sheep goat minerals
1 scoop dried molassess
I hope you can find what you need. If you can't find the dicalcium phosphate I think you could just put out the trace minerals. Like stated in another post I think it would be more of a attractant but you can keep looking for di-calcium phosphate and refreshen your site when you can find it.
April 17th, 2009, 11:54 AM
Your local farm store should have everything you need ..watch out though the di-cal has sky rocketed in the last year. I paid I think 13.70 for 50# last year and this year its up 47.60 for 50#
April 17th, 2009, 12:26 PM
I just paid 17$, maybe it's come back down.
Originally Posted by baz77
April 17th, 2009, 01:15 PM
I paid $26 for 50lb. A few years ago it was $12. WOW
April 17th, 2009, 01:18 PM
I saw that somebody mentioned on another thread that these homemade recipes don't work with a sandy soil. Anybody have any thoughts on this?
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April 17th, 2009, 01:38 PM
Originally Posted by huntnFiend
Sounds kinda ridiculous to me. Either deer need minerals or they don't. Either way I think they'd like the salt.
April 17th, 2009, 02:20 PM
Maybe it gets washed through real sand easy when it rains.
Originally Posted by huntnFiend
I have soil that is about 1/2 sand or better with no problems.
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April 17th, 2009, 02:42 PM
Maybe they saw me comming I know for everything I paid 67.00 and some change..
Originally Posted by car
April 17th, 2009, 02:49 PM
I'll second this. Had deer on my lick the first night.
Originally Posted by studlydj01
It does smell sweet too, doesn't taste quite as sweet as it smells.....
April 17th, 2009, 03:54 PM
its funny you mention that.....apple "flavored" buck jam doesnt taste ANYTHING what it smells like either LOLOLOL
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April 17th, 2009, 04:45 PM
Just have your Purina dealer get a bag of Antlermax mineral in. 100 Years of research, proven results, and about $15 a bag. Just dump it on the ground and be done.
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April 17th, 2009, 07:10 PM
Once again, not a biologist, but same thing. Purina's touting their 2:1 calcium to phospherous ratio.....uh, what do you think Di-Cal is. Total with dried molasses I spent 45$ for 250lbs(includes 50lbs of molasses). Purina 15$ for 25lbs. 150$ or 45$............
Originally Posted by bartman3562
April 17th, 2009, 09:15 PM
I just put out a mineral site, and could not find di-cal either. I used a 50# bag of cattel minerals with a 2:1 cal to phos ratio, mixed with a 50# bag of stock salt. I was going to use the trace mineral salt, but I had a biologist tell me it really wasn't worth it since it was about 98% salt. He said the deer would have to consume a ton of it to get any benefit, and it wasn't worth buying. Considering he owns the local feed store and could have just as easily sold me the trace mineral salt (which costs more than the stock salt), I figured it was pretty good advice.
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