Salt – made up of both sodium and chloride are essential nutrients – they are also key components of feed for healthy livestock. In fact, animals have a more defined appetite for salt than any other element besides water.
However, most plants do not provide enough sodium for animal feeding. They may also lack adequate chloride. Therefore, salt supplementation is used to help keep livestock and poultry feed nutritionally balanced. In addition to this, due to an animal’s natural taste for it, salt can be used to deliver less palatable nutrients and can also act as a feed limiter.