Mary's contact info, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ IMAXI-MIN CAPRINE MINERAL FOR GOAT OWNERS WHO DEMAND THE BEST. AT LAST, THERE IS A MINERAL SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR YOUR HARD-WORKING DAIRY GOATS. ( YES, IT WILL WORK GREAT FOR MEAT GOATS , TOO. AFTER ALL, THOSE DOES NEED THE BEST NUTRITION PROVIDING FOR THEIR FAST- GROWINGKIDS!) MARY KELLOGG HAS 35 YEARS OF DAIRY GOAT KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE. NOW,WITH THE EXPERT ASSISTANCE OF DR. STEVE HART OF LANGSTON UNIVERSITY , A MINERAL HAS BEEN FORMULATED TO PROVIDE OPTIMAL NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT. MARY KELLOGG AND THE MINRULAX COMPANY DEVELOPED THE VERY FIRST MINERAL (that we are aware of) MADE SPECIALLY FOR DAIRY GOATS IN THE US OVER 30 YEARS AGO! IF YOU ARE FEEDING A MULTI-SPECIES MINERAL, YOUR GOATS ARE BEING ROBBED OF SOME VERY IMPORTANT MINERALS. IF YOUR GOATS ARE BEING ROBBED NUTRITIONALLY, SO ARE YOU ! NONE OF THE MINERALS I FOUND ON THE MARKET ADDRESS THE ADDITIONAL COBALT NEEDS OF THE DAIRY GOAT, ESPECIALLY TOGGENBURGS AND LA MANCHAS. MOST MIXES ON THE MARKET ARE DEFICIENT IN MANY ESSENTIAL MINERALS. SOFAR, I HAVE FOUND NONE WHICH CONTAIN OPTIMAL LEVELS OF VIT. A,D, E , THE B COMPLEX, AND COBALT. ALL OF THESE RELATIONSHIPS ARE SYNERGISTIC----IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT EVERYTHING IS BALANCED. ALSO , THE CALCIUM PHOSPHORUS RATIOS ARE WRONG. THE IDEAL IS 1.2:1, not 2:1. WHY ARE THEY ALL USING THE 2: 1 RATIO? BECAUSE PHOSPHORUS IS EXPENSIVE, THAT'S WHY! NOT because that is the correct ratio. This mineral is made with the BEST ingredients we currently haveavailable, NOT the cheapest! It is not perfect, because there is just too much that is still unknown, but we are working on it, with the assistance of our "girls" and the other breeders who are generously providing feed-back! ONE MINERAL CANNOT POSSIBLY PROVIDE ADEQUATE MINERAL LEVELS FOR SEVERAL SPECIES OF ANIMAL ! JUST THINK ABOUT IT, AND DO SOME RESEARCH. Without cobalt, Vitamins C, K , and the Bs cannot be synthesized.Without adequate cobalt, copper cannot be utilized. (This is why many have found that the copper boluses did not work well, or at all! ) This are justa FEW of the relationships that are integral to how the body works. (Yep, ours too!) Our best source of cobalt is MILK! The girls cannot give it to us if they are not getting it! When doing research, I found a definite link confirmed in studies between copper deficiency and aneurysms. This probably explains why I lost a 2year old and a 4 year old last spring to aneurysms. One friend lost 2 bucks during breeding season ,and another friend lost a yearling doe. These animals all appeared to be in good shape physically, but all were showing signs of copper deficiency. (Bald spot on tails, "rusty" black, white hairs in Toggs, etc.) PLEASE do NOT give this mineral to animals that have had copperboluses for at least 4 months after administering the bolus. We do not know if itwould be safe, or create toxic levels of copper. PLEASE LET US KNOW ABOUT CONSUMPTION RATES AND PALATABILITY. THIS IS A "WORK IN PROGRESS" AND WE MAY ADJUST THE FORMULA SOMEWHAT AS TIMEPASSES. IF YOUR GOATS "DEVOUR" THE MINERAL WHEN YOU BEGIN TO FEED IT, THEN YOU KNOW THAT THEY WERE CERTAINLY VERY DEFICIENT IN ESSENTIALS! (Mother Natureseems to have equipped her creatures within an innate knowledge of what theyneed for health.) If they do this, we suggest adding one part of fine, NON-IODIZED salt to 4 or 5 parts mineral for the first month or so. Salt can easily be found at a feed store. Some goats have been verysuspicious of this "new" feed for a while, others have no hesitation. If they are hesitant, I have found that "eating" the mineral myself, with appropriate chomping and lip-smacking noises, often works! WE ARE CONTINUING TO RESEARCH THE BEST BIOAVAILABLE FORMS OF MINERALS AND VITAMINS. THERE WILL ALSO BE HERBALS AND CHELATES IN A PLUS FORMULA WEARE WORKING ON FOR THE FUTURE TO ENHANCE YOUR GOATS HEALTH---AND YOURS!This is as natural as we can make it. We cannot use organic oils like coconut or soy, due to rancidity problems and possible changes in consumptionrates. If no oil was used , there would be a serious problem with the dispersionrates of the heavier and lighter minerals , which would settle out, or rise, during transport. there would also be dust, which could cause lungproblems. Changes in dispersion could cause very serious problems with the minerals like cobalt, selenium, and copper toxicity. THERE WILL BE NO SALT OR FILLER ADDED TO OUR MINERAL. IF YOU NEED TO (OR CHOOSE TO) ADD SALT TO LIMIT CONSUMPTION IN SELF-FEEDERS, YOU CAN DO THAT VERY CHEAPLY BY ADDING IT YOURSELF! SALT LEVELS IN 3 OF THE MOST POPULAR MINERALS ARE FROM 18.2% - 45% (RESEARCH IT YOURSELFON-LINE).-----SHIPPED TO YOU AS PART OF YOUR MINERAL. If you figure out the actual cost of the other minerals without the salt, you will be shocked. (I certainlywas !) YOU WILL GET MORE FOR YOUR MONEY WITH OUR MINERAL. (Bear in mind that the salt level affects the amount of mineral your goat isgetting---400 ppm of something contained within mineral that is 45% salt means your animal gets just over HALF that amount! (If of course, they are willing to eat that much salt! Most goats are smart enough not to eat that muchsalt. How would you like a tablespoon of salt with your vitamin pill?) I BOUGHT ONE "MINERAL" SUPPLEMENT THAT WAS MORE THAN 75% FILLER!---SALT, SOYBEAN MEAL, AND WHEAT HULLS MEANT THAT THE DOES HAD TO EAT AT LEAST6-8 OZ. PER DAY TO GET EVEN A PART OF THE REQUIRED MINERALS! At $ 27.00 per bag, I was paying $20.25 for less than 13 lb. of actual mineral! That means that 50 lb. of mineral cost more than $81.00 ! What made it worse isthat copper levels were totally inadequate, as were several other essentials, like cobalt! YOU NEED TO REALLY READ THE LABEL! If you cannot figure out what it all means , ask your local animal extension specialist or a nutritionist for help. Just be cautious, as some will use cow or sheep requirements--and often , the chart they use is over 30 years old! I suggest looking at the research papers Langston University has done--under the Kika de GarzaGoat Institute online. SALT COSTS JUST OVER $3.00 FOR 50 LBS. . Wouldn't you rather just add it yourself? We feed both the salt and mineral free choice , so the does can eat what they need. DO NOT USE IODIZED SALT---TOO MUCH IODINE WILLTIE UP ESSENTIALS! MANGANESE DEFICIENCY IS A RECENTLY DISCOVERED SERIOUS PROBLEM IN PARTS OF OKLAHOMA ,(and I suspect in many other places as well!). DEFICIENCY CAUSES LOWER CONCEPTION RATES, LOWER MILK PRODUCTION, PROBLEMS WITH WEIGHT MAINTENANCE, POST- KIDDING INFECTIONS, DEFORMATION OF FRONT LEGS AND/OR JOINTS IN NEWBORNS, NEURO-CEREBRAL CONNECTION DEFICIENCIES, AND A HOST OF OTHER PROBLEMS. THIS MINERAL ESPECIALLY ADDRESSES THAT PROBLEM. WE ANTICIPATE THAT CONSUMPTION WILL BE ABOUT 1-1/2 OZ PER ANIMAL PER DAY---THIS IS AN AVERAGE FIGURED FOR 135 POUNDS. SMALL MILKING DOES ARE EXPECTED TO CONSUME ABOUT 1-1/2 OZ. PER DAY, AND KIDS 1/4-1/2 OZ PERDAY.. Of course , this depends upon size, milk production, and feedingpractices. 1-1/2 oz. is about 2 Tablespoons. The cost per doe is in the 6 cents to 14 cents per day range, depending upon where you live, and the shipping charges. A pound of mineral will provide for a small doe for about 10days. This mineral contains the finest grade of yeast.. This provides optimum levels of those all-important B-complex vitamins that are so importantfor health. It is designed for goats on alfalfa hay and pasture; or alfalfa, pasture, and prairie hay. If you are feeding straight alfalfa (which is NOT good for your goats, as they need the long fibers of grass hay), you may need to offer a hi-phos dairy mineral to be certain they can balancetheir intakes properly. I also keep a mol-mag block ( bloat block or grass tetany block, depending upon where you live) out for the does, as they need more magnesium (wish I knew why!) in the winter. I learned this from afriend of David McKenzie years ago. I called England, as I knew they needed something that was not being provided. I could not figure out why mygoats DEVOURED certain plants and barks at certain times of the year. (You can learn a lot by reading the plant analyses in the back of Goat Husbandry ! ) I learned that magnesium was what they needed, usually starting inOctober! Magnesium deficiency often causes "bowed" front legs. I have seen thismany times in foals, and in yearling goats that are pregnant Current mineral levels: Calcium 10% Phosphorus 8% Potassium 2% Magnesium 1% Sulfur 2% Iron 2000 ppm Manganese 5000 ppm Zinc 8000 ppm Copper 1250 ppm Selenium 25 ppm Cobalt 200 ppm Iodine 100 ppm Vit. A 250,000 IU Vit. D 50,000 IU Vit. E 400 IU These calculations were made based on 5-1/2 lb. dry matter consumption for does, consisting of alfalfa and grass hay, and one pound of grain. Therefore , consumption may vary. Most goats need more in the beginning, and then level off in consumption. It is normal if the consumption goes up anddown! Again, I wish I knew why! We ship a 70 pound order via Parcel Post for $41 plus shipping, which is from $14.35 to $46.04, depending on your postal zone. You can check the shipping charges yourself at usps.com , or send me your zip code , and I will calculate it for you.For those of you in the farthest zones, shipping may be cheaper in the Priority boxes. We do NOT control the deliverytime, the USPS does, and although they say it takes 5-10 days for parcelpost, one order to Iowa took 17 days. An order going to Oregon was there in 5. Please let us know when your order arrives, and of course, we appreciatefeed-back on your goats improvements in condition!We have just discovered , that for some of you, a 60 or 80 pound order shipped via the 20 pound boxes via Priority Mail is cheaper !If youare in postal Zones 6,7, or 8 , this will save you money! The cost formultiples, will be $80.40 for 4 boxes or $ 60.30 for 3 boxes. The USPS provides the boxes, and you get them in just 4 days!The small order is $24, including Priority Mail--this is about 20pounds of mineral. It is so strange that shipping this size priority mail is MUCH cheaper than parcel post. We accept payment via Paypal, but there is an additional charge of 3%+ 30 cents--that is what they charge us. Money orders are fine, and unlessout of stock, we ship the next day. Unfortunately, since we had problems with checks, we cannot ship product until your check clears the bank, whichcan delay your order shipment up to 2 weeks. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ FOR EVERY BAG OF MINERAL SOLD, A DONATION WILL BE MADE FOR GOAT MINERAL RESEARCH AT LANGSTON UNIVERSITY . HELP US HELP YOUR GOATS!