Sheep Minerals in Winter

The regular mineral tub was buried in snow early on in the winter, before the sheep moved to their winter paddock. It’s a large, heavy, three compartment, covered black tub and it remains buried there. I’ll find it when the snow melts.

The mineral I put out for the sheep needs to be covered to protect it from rain (moisture). Well, in winter, all of our rain is frozen so I’m using this open tub for now.


Not ideal but it will get us through. I just dug it out of the snow again so there is snow dust in the mix. You can see some clumps as it still absorbs some moisture from the snow. I don’t fill the mineral tubs right full because the sheep are not taking in much mineral. I’ve adjusted the mineral mix by diminishing the amount of kelp in it until I find a balance of a mineral mix they’ll intake but not inhale. (These sheep love kelp).  I’m not sure I’ve got the balance right just yet.


Our flock really goes through salt, especially in winter when on hay feed. I’ve always used loose salt, not blocks, as I don't feel confident the animals will get what they need from licking a block (they'd have to lick a long time). The salt absorbs moisture readily and will clump up quicker, even in winter, so I only put out an amount I think they’ll eat in a short time and refill as needed.

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  1. Oh I feel your pain! :) I only put out little pails of mineral and salt too, it keeps getting wet with the blowing snow we've had no matter where you put it! I have several mineral feeders buried too. :) spring is gonna be a time of re- discovery allright! Lol!

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  2. :-)) Our heated water bowls are buried too. They are now water holes, the snow is packed so high around them.

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  3. As the price of mineral goes up, last winter and this I made up a 3 parts mix. 1 part iodine loose salt, 1 part sheep mineral, and 1 part '1/2 a million' vitamin supplement that dairy farmers put into their mixer wagons. It is A,E and D.
    Most feed stores have it.
    The sheep lambed very well on this mixture last year and are eager for it this time.

    It makes the mineral go a lot further costing considerably less than 3 stright bags of proprietary sheep mineral.

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  4. As the price of mineral goes up, last winter and this I made up a 3 parts mix. 1 part iodine loose salt, 1 part sheep mineral, and 1 part '1/2 a million' vitamin supplement that dairy farmers put into their mixer wagons. It is A,E and D.
    Most feed stores have it.
    The sheep lambed very well on this mixture last year and are eager for it this time.

    It makes the mineral go a lot further costing considerably less than 3 stright bags of proprietary sheep mineral.

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  5. Nice idea on the mineral blend. With the way my ewes go through salt I'd be a little worried about over consumption of the other minerals only because they're after salt. It's tempting to try it though.

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