Pasture User Group Association of herders of Ikh Tamir soum of Arkhangai aimag has recently opened a new small scale mineral fodder processing plant. The plant was built with the joint investment of herders.
 
Salt and mineral substances are crucial additions to animal diet. It is known that animals graze in pasturelands with rich minerals grow stronger and tend to loose weight slowly during harsh seasons of winter and spring. These animals also  tend to gain more weight in summer and autumn seasons.
 
Within applied research project being implemented by the Green Gold Project and the Mongolian Society for Range Management, researchers have carried out the study and identified that high mountain and forestry steppe pastures have less resources of natural salt and mineral substances. Based on the research findings, the researchers have developed a recipe of additional mineral fodder  for the animals. It is developed to give animals essential salt and mineral additions and important macro and micro elements as well to support animal health and the resistance. The recipe was tested on the animals.
 
The test results show that if animals are given this additional fodder regularly during summer and autumn, their milk yield will increase by 15-20% and live weight by the same rate. Moreover, weight loss of cattle, sheep and goat have reduced by 10% during winter and spring seasons and their wool and cashmere yields have also increased.
 
The small scale processing plant built in Ikh Tamir soum of Arkhangai aimag has the capacity to produce 60-70 tons for 100 working days. Produced in the form of  brick and well dried, it is durable and not easily erodible, and easy to transport during moving. Researchers recommend that a proper amount to be used by a large animal is 80 gram per day and 8 gram by a small animal during winter and spring time.
 
More detailed information can be obtained from “Arvijin Saijrakh”, Association of Pasture User Groups of Ikh Tamir soum of Arkhangai aimag:
 
Phone: 99792345and 99945112.