KNZ WILD Mineral Blocks for deer
Take a look at KNZ Wild mineral blocks - the only purpose-built deer mineral block in Europe with guaranteed levels of trace elements (not just estimates). Could your deer benefit from better trace element availability in the areas where they prefer to eat and stay?
A good mineral block costs a little more than an inferior one in terms of price, but the benefit to the deer is far greater. For the price of one stag, your whole herd could be benefiting from the KNZ Wild block; we’d all prefer the venison cheque to be fatter, but this can only come about by improving the health of the deer stock. All this is possible if you stop and think about it.
I’m writing this because I believe in the value of correct nutrition for our deer, to improve their health, reduce damage to our lands, and to hopefully benefit the deer in their overall worth as an asset to the Estates’ economy.
To find out more check out these links :
- Health in our deer
- Technical information
- KNZ Wild content analysis
- Finally, a little common sense...
- KNZ brochure
KNZ WILD blocks are made using 100% pure, refined vacuum salt, as opposed to rock salt, which has been shown often to contain traces of Molybdenum, Cadmium and other heavy metal elements which prevent the uptake of those minerals that benefit the deer, i.e. Copper, Cobalt, Magnesium and Selenium. The pure vacuum salt is also more palatable to deer than rocksalt. The so-called "High Energy" protein blocks do nothing to better enable deer to utilise the readily available natural forage (it is almost never that one finds a deer with an empty stomach, though they can easily starve with a belly full of forage that they are unable to metabolise), but they do have the ability to break and excessively wear the deer’s teeth, further exacerbating their problems with conversion of the bulk of their (naturally occurring) food. Deer have shown themselves perfectly able to survive on an extensive, low protein high fibre diet, PROVIDING they have access to the trace elements in their required levels. Indeed, one could easily feed deer with chocolate, were the only criteria to put weight on to them, but this would do little to benefit the deer’s health when what is really required is trace element supplementation. The KNZ VILT product has been developed specifically to address the trace element requirements of deer in our increasingly acidic environment.
Finally, I would respectfully venture the question: what makes you think you are doing the best you can (both in terms of value for money for the Estate, i.e. what your return is per pound spent on your current product, and improving birth weights of calves, your next generation of deer) for your deer at present? You may also wish to consider that in the process of manufacture of both feed and mineral blocks vitamins are in fact released/destroyed by the pressure and heat involved; KNZ have studiously avoided spurious claims for the properties of their product, but we are only too happy to submit our blocks for clinical analysis; we know that what is written on the content label is EXACTLY what is contained in the block. It is a pity that other companies cannot give anything better than calculated values (in effect estimated analyses) as opposed to actual content descriptions on their products.
This is all very well, but misses the point somewhat. Names and phone numbers of deer managers from up and down the length of the country who are convinced of the benefits of the product can be supplied, but the only way you will find out if they "work" is to try them; you are free to accept or deny any of the above information, it is of little consequence to the deer what either of us think.
On a personal note, I am interested in seeing the better management of our deer resource, and for the continued well-being of Scottish rural and estates’ economy which are increasingly coming under pressure from others with alternative agendas, which ultimately and somewhat inevitably threaten to impact on the deer; the only way to combat this is to increase the status/value of the deer.