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LOH Feed Regimen
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Copper & Cobalt Supplementation
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Herbal Mineral Information

Feed mixes and vitamin/mineral supplements are the Nourishing part of the Cleansing and Nourishing equation. 

CLEANSING:  We also have to cover the Cleansing part of the equation.  Visit my Cleansing page for more information. 

Here is what I do to cover Nourishing: 

I feed a 50% alfalfa & 50% grass mix hay - free choice, i.e. I stuff their feeder full 2 times a day.  If you can't do that, provide at least 4# of hay per milker per day - if they clean it all up, then you should feed a bit more hay.  Ideally, you should see a bit left in their hay feeder - this shows that they are not hungry and that you are feeding the perfect amount for your goats.  They shouldn't be throwing a lot on the ground either.  If they are, you may be feeding too much, or the hay is not a good quality for them.   Since I like a higher alfalfa content for my milkers, I feed them alfalfa pellets on the stand.  Ideally, I would like to find some REALLY NICE 100% alalfa hay to give them on the milk stand instead of the pellets.  NOTE:  I have been using Chaffhaye instead of alfalfa pellets, and I'm very pleased with it. 

Herbal Copper & Selenium Supplement:  Vitalerbs is a great option for copper & selenium supplementation - very safe, as it is a "whole food" form and the body will easily eliminate what it does not require.   If you feel that your herd requires more, I have herbal suggestions listed below. 

Vitalerbs & Thorvin KelpEach day I offer Thorvin Kelp and Dr. Christopher's Vitalerbs, separately (in their own compartment of my mineral feeder.)  You could add it to their feed, if you desire. 

Dr. Christophers Vitalerbs - Herbal Vitamin/Mineral Supplement

This is the 100% herbal vitamin/mineral supplement that I use for my herd.

The following is an excerpt from Herbal Home Health Care by Dr. John R. Christopher

 

We don't know the actual recipe, so we will just use equal parts of each.  NOTE:  This recipe is in The School of Natural Healing book (The Centennial Edition) by Dr. John R. Christopher.  This is a fantastic herbal resource, and I would highly recommend adding it to your home library.

 

Common name:            Latin name:

 

ALL POWDERED:

 

Alfalfa*                                  (Medicago sativa)

Dandelion                               (Taraxacum officinale)

Kelp                                         (Laminaria digitata)

Purple Dulce                           (Rhodymenia palmetta)

Spirulina                                 (Spirulina platensis)

Irish moss                               (Chondrus crispus)

Rose                                        (Rosa canina)

Beet Root                                (Beta vulgaris rubra)

Nutritional Yeast

Cayenne                                 (Capsicum spp.)

Blue Violet                              (Viola odorata)

Oat Straw                              (Avena sativa)

Carrot                                    (Daucus carota)

Ginger Root                            (Zingiber officinale)

Barley Grass Juice*               (Hordeum vulgare)

Wheat Grass Juice*               (Triticum spp)

 

*Consider using Jurassic Green Powder in place of these parts.  This 16oz mix will make several batches (over 5 batches if you are using 1 oz as your "part") of Vitalerbs, since we use 3 parts of Jurassic Green in place of the equal parts of Alfalfa, Barley Grass Juice, and Wheat Grass Juice.  This is how I make it for my herd (with Jurassic Green).  To stretch your dollar, consider using 1.5 parts of Jurassic Green powder, and 1.5 parts of Nettle leaf powder.

 

Nature balanced, whole food vitamin and mineral supplement. This formula is an excellent source of organic vitamins and minerals that are easy to assimilate because they are whole foods. The Vitalerbs formula is safe for all ages and may be taken during pregnancy or nursing.

 

According to Dr. Christopher's website (Herbal Legacy), this combination provides the the following vitamins and minerals in whole food quantities:

 

Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Bioflavonoids (Vitamin P), Biotin (Vitamin H), Calcium, Carotene (Vitamin A), Choline, Pantothanic acid, Chromium, Cobalamin (Vitamin B6), Cobalt, Copper, Fiber, Flourine, Folic Acid, Inositol, Iodine, Iron, Linoleic Acid (Vitamin F), Magnesium, Manganese, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Paba, Pangamic Acid (Vitamin B15), Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), Phosphorus, Potassium, Protein (RNA), Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin, (Vitamin B2), Selenium, Silicon, Sodium, Sulfur, Thiamine (Vitamin B1), Tin, Trace Minerals, Vitamins D and K, Zinc, and other vitamins and minerals that haven't even been discovered yet.

 

Do you feel your animals require extra Copper?  Consider adding 1 part of Brigham Tea to the above recipe to provide them with easy to assimilate organic copper. 

 

 

Do you feel your animals require extra Copper and Selenium?  Consider adding 1 part of Pumpkin seed to the above recipe to provide them with easy to assimilate organic copper.  Please note that the pumpkins need to be grown in soil that is NOT deficient in these minerals. 

 

If you feel they need more Iron, consider Yellow Dock root.

 

Our farm is in an area that is deficient in Copper and Selenium, so I add 1 part Brigham Tea and 1 part Pumpkin seed (purchased from a tested source) to every batch of Vitalerbs that I make.   

 

If you desire to make this mix yourself, I can help you purchase these herbs through Land of Havilah Herbals, LLC.

 

To feed free choice:  Figure the combined weight of the animals in that pasture and use the herbal dosage, plus a bit more just to make sure everyone gets their share.  See LOH Parasite Formula page of my website for estimated dosage.  I put this estimated dosage of Vitalerbs into one side of our two-compartment mineral feeders that are in our barn.  I keep 1# of Thorvin Kelp for Animals in the other compartment, and give in a free choice manner (I put it in the mineral feeders in the barn - they each eat what they desire.)  Most of the time I've been mixing the Vitalerbs into the kelp and feeding it that way.  They only get 1# (kelp) per day per pasture (depending on the amount of animals in that pasture), I check it once a day and refill if necessary the next day. 

To feed as an Infusion/Tea:  I like to make Vitalerbs into an Infusion (aka strong tea) and add it to their water tank each day.  This is a great way to get the nutrition into them and it is very easy for their body to accept, assimilate and eliminate.  Figure the combined weight of the animals in that pasture and use the herbal dosage, plus a bit more just to make sure everyone gets their share.  See LOH Parasite Formula page of my website for estimated dosage.   Sometimes I do both this method AND the free choice method (listed above).   

To feed top-dressed on grain:  Go by the weight of the animal.  See LOH Parasite Formula page of my website for estimated dosage. 

Bulk herb sources:

Is this too overwhelming and you would like to purchase it premixed? Land of Havilah Herbals, LLC: This is my online store that offers access to excellent quality herbs at great prices.  We have premixed Dr. Christopher formulas, single herbs to mix the formulas yourself, and MUCH MORE available on our order form!  Click here for more information. 

 

Here is a link to Dr. Christopher's informational website, Herbal Legacy: Vitalerbs 

 

I prefer to use powdered herbs for this recipe.

 

 

 

BTW, curious what's in those herbs?  This is the herb research website that I use for my own research. :)  Happy researching!!  Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases

 I have been feeding and herbal mix with Thorvin Kelp since December 23rd, 2009 (when I received my Thorvin Kelp), and saw a difference in the quality of the milk (creamier, higher production) in just 3 days. 

Before I changed brands, I had been feeding an herbal mix (an old mix, not Vitalerbs) for at least a month with a different brand of kelp that was NOT the quality that the Thorvin kelp is.  I definitely saw a big difference in how my goats are acting/producing by changing to Thorvin.  I'm very interested in watching for further health benefits the longer I use this kelp. 

Think I paid an arm and a leg for this better quality kelp??  Actually, I paid LESS for a bag of Thorvin.  To find your nearest retailer, email Thorvin.   Maybe you'll be blessed with someone carrying it locally!

 

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This website was updated on:

October 20th, 2014

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