Youngevity recommends either free-choice feeding or one cup daily per 500-700 pounds. Or 1.5 to 2 cups per day for a 1000 pound horse. We have been feeding one-half cup per day with the morning meal while trying to get the horses interested in the free-choice bucket in the breezeway of the barn. And finally after a few months of trickery all eight of our horses are gobbling the minerals on their own. There’s more on our experiences below… but first, here’s how you figure individual feeding for any and every weight.
One cup of Blooming Minerals weighs 7.4 ounces.
There are 640 ounces in the 40-pound bag of Blooming Minerals
So there are 86 one cup servings in the 40-pound bag for a 500 pound animal. 43 two-cup servings for a 1000-pound horse.
The cost of a 40-pound bag is $68.00 + $36.00 shipping = $104.00
Divided by 43 servings = $2.42 per serving… or $1.81 per serving if you only feed a cup and a half.
So that’s the way to calculate for horses. If you have a draft it’s going to get pretty expensive. If you have a pony it’s not so bad. If you have a mini you can divide the 1000-pound figures by 5 plus or minus. Now here we go for dogs and smaller animals.
3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon
16 tablespoons = 1 cup = the amount for 500 pounds.
So 50 pounds (our Australian Shepherd) would get roughly 1.6 tablespoons a day… for for ease just round that to 2 tablespoons a day for Josie. So that means there are 344 servings in one 40-pound bag… about $0.30. Thirty cents a serving.
So what it all comes down to is approximately 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of dog or cat or ??.
Our 20-pound dog (2 teaspoons) is costing approximately 12 cents a serving. Or a little over $40 per year.
How can it be so inexpensive? Especially when Youngevity’s Arthydex for dogs is almost that much for 32 servings. In all fairness, Arthydex does have more bells and whistles than just the minerals and it has been manipulated into a powder that actually tastes good. The Bloomin Minerals are virtually right out of Youngevity’s humic shale mine. They don’t taste bad (yes, I’ve eaten some :) but they don’t taste good either. Basically they just don’t taste. Remember, this product originated as a soil revitalizer. But it’s a really inexpensive way to get all 71 minerals working in the bodies of your beloved animals, boosting their immune systems and allowing them to make themselves healthy.
I know several who have free-fed their horses from the beginning and they gobbled it up. Now, finally, ours are doing the same. But for several months we have been wetting down the minerals and stirring them into their morning meals of Triple Crown Premium Chopped Grass Forage (forage in a bag). Once dispersed the minerals would stick to the chopped forage and be eaten with no issues. I believed that once their bodies got a taste of what the minerals will do for them, those bodies would start asking for them. And now that time has come. They are all munching from the free-choice bucket. The nice thing about plant derived coloidal minerals are there’s no such thing as overdosing. The body takes what it needs and disposes of the rest.
The dogs gobbled them from the beginning. We’re just adding it to their dry dog food and they are gobbling them up. Go figure.
We have a square foot garden out front (amazing lettuce photo on the minerals page) definitely treated with Bloomin Minerals (watch some of the Bloomin Minerals and plants/veggies videos). And just yesterday we got our first cherry tomato from the garden and immediately did the water test. Dropped it into a glass of water… and it sank right to the bottom. Proof that it’s loaded with minerals and good taste. Odds are good that you’ll never have a tomato from the super market that sinks. I’ve been testing this for months and have never had a store-bought tomato sink. Which means they have nothing inside. Void of nutrition and taste.
It looks like our hay grower is going to be using the minerals bought in bulk on his hay fields… in which case the minerals would all be in the hay :).
More to come I’m sure.
A WORK IN PROGRESS :)