Trophy Rock: What Does 60+ Deer Minerals Mean?
February 9, 2022
At Redmond Hunt we use the phrase “60+ trace minerals” when we talk about Trophy Rock deer mineral supplements. What does that mean and why does it matter?
How do we know how many minerals are actually in our Redmond Trophy Rock, Four65, and Bomb deer mineral supplements? More importantly, why does it matter to your deer herd?
Let's look at where Trophy Rock originates from, how we know the quantity of minerals in our supplements, and how they improve herd health and help more of your deer reach their genetic potential.
Where Do Trophy Rock Minerals Come From?
Because minerals continuously leach from the Earth’s surface due to wind, precipitation, and erosion, seas are a treasure trove of life-sustaining minerals. Here at Redmond, we feel lucky to have one of those—an ancient seabed, that is!
Redmond’s minerals are harvested from the crystallized remains of a Jurassic sea that’s been protected for thousands of years by a volcanic bentonite clay cap. This incredible mineral and clay deposit—located near our Redmond headquarters in central Utah—is geologically unique and serves as the foundation for all of our human, soil, livestock, equine, and deer mineral supplements.
Obviously, as an ancient sea deposit, Redmond’s minerals contain a few different salts. However, one glance at the natural color variation of a Trophy Rock mined from this rich deposit shows there’s so much more packed in our rocks!
How Does Mineral Testing Work?
Mineral testing labs use various methods to find which elements are present in each sample submitted. Not only do they zero in on the specific chemical composition of these samples, but also their concentrations—or how much of a certain element is present.
Advanced Labs uses specialized instruments that excite (create a greater energy state) the atoms of the sample with plasma. Once heated, the elements give off waves of electromagnetic radiation, with each element owning its own signature wavelength. The scientists then use instruments to identify each element by their wavelength and measure each atom’s mass to find out how much is present in the sample.
Pretty heavy, right? Now let’s zero in on what elements they found in Redmond Trophy Rock.
Trophy Rock Test Results
Advanced Lab’s measured the different minerals in Redmond Trophy Rock down to parts per million. They found Redmond’s mineral profile contains over 60 different minerals in varying quantities. Want to know exactly what they are? Check out the results in this mineral analysis! Most of the minerals present are in very small, or trace amounts, and these “trace minerals” are contained within a carrier of tasty salts that deer and other animals love.
Reading a Mineral Analysis
A reliable mineral analysis differentiates between a guaranteed analysis and a typical analysis. This allows the mineral report to accommodate for the concentration variations that naturally occur in mineral deposits. So, what’s the difference between “guaranteed” and “typical” minerals?
- Guaranteed Analysis: Minerals that are present in every package according to the levels listed.
- Typical Analysis: Minerals that are typically present in every package according to the levels listed.
Now let’s talk about how minerals are measured. Redmond requested a mineral concentration test down to parts per million (ppm) because these units are readily used in the deer supplement industry. However, if a parts-per-billion (ppb) test was conducted (which would put a Redmond Trophy Rock under an even closer microscope), even more trace minerals would be discovered!
Some companies test their products down to ppb, which allows them to inflate the advertised number of minerals in their products. However, these minerals aren’t present in significant enough quantities to matter for soil and animal uses. In fact, it would take 1,000 parts per billion to equal 1 part per million.
- 1 part per million = 1,000 parts per billion.
Confused about how much that is? We get it. So, let’s compare it to something we can wrap our heads around. According to the EPA:
“A way to visualize one part per billion (ppb) in water is to think of it as one drop in one billion drops of water or about one drop of water in a swimming pool. One part per million is about 1 cup of water in a swimming pool.”
Why Do Trace Minerals Matter?
Even though they are only needed in very small amounts, trace minerals provide a wide range of health benefits for all living things—including deer. The mineral profile naturally found in deep sea water, has been a point of interest for medical researchers for a long time, especially for Maynard Murray MD.
He devoted the bulk of his career to studying why ocean life was devoid of the degenerative diseases that plague land animals, including humans. Dr. Murray discovered the mineral profile of deep seawater was mirrored in the elements and concentrations found in healthy blood, plasma specifically. His book, Sea Energy Agriculture, explores how using deep sea minerals helps eliminate trace mineral deficiencies. He said:
“The discovery of these facts led to researching the effects of sea minerals applied to soils and plants for healthier food. The results were astounding—plants grew faster and healthier, were more disease resistant and maintained higher nutritive value. Animals also preferred to graze on the treated pasture land.”
How Minerals Help Humans
Medical researchers have also noticed that human health suffers when trace minerals are deficient or missing from our diets. The National Institute of Health researched deep seawater and discovered some pretty cool health benefits. Their tests have shown that deep seawater can be used to:
- Lower cholesterol
- Protect against cardiovascular diseases
- Prevent artery plaque
- Reduce blood pressure
- Treat skin conditions
- Reduce obesity
- Regulate blood glucose levels (treat diabetes)
- Treat ulcers
- Improve liver and kidney health
- Reduce fatigue
- Treat cataracts
- Prevent cancer cell growth
- Strengthen bones and reduce osteoporosis
Did you know Redmond has people and culinary products featuring our expansive minerals? Check out our Redmond Real Salt, seasoned salts, and other products!
How Minerals Help Deer
The total mineral content of a deer’s body is only about 5 percent. It doesn't seem like much, right? So are trace minerals really that important for deer? Absolutely! Deer can have access to plenty of forage and still struggle if the right minerals aren’t present in the soil and plants they consume. Click to learn more about why deer minerals are important.
While deer’s nutritional needs change throughout the year and depending on phase of life, here are some critical physiological functions minerals support:
- Body growth
- Antler growth
- Immune health
- Fetal growth
- Milk production
One easy way to supplement minerals on your land and increase herd nutrition is to provide deer with a quality mineral site. It’s a simple and affordable way to help deliver all the trace minerals deer need. Learn how to create one using the deer mineral supplements in the graphic below.
Redmond Hunt Deer Mineral Supplements
Here at Redmond, we’re proud of our goal to nourish the world from the ground up with our thoroughly tested and expansive mineral profile of 60+ minerals! Our minerals support humans, healthy farming operations, livestock—and they’ll also help you grow healthier deer herds and bigger bucks. Pick up a natural Trophy Rock deer mineral lick, or try our Four65 crushed minerals or Bomb protein attractant. Click below to shop these and other Redmond Hunt products.
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