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Boskos™

Reg: V12514 Act/36/1947 BOSKOS WILDSKORRELS


Organic Game Feed


Introducing BOSKOS™

BOSKOS ™ is a primary game feed produced from natural bushveld Acacias and a natural source of prime food for herbivores in the wild.

With the addition of carefully formulated natural supplements, the Boskos (bush food) produced from Acacia and pelletized, is now a staple diet, especially as a winter grazing supplement, in zoos, havens for endangered species, national parks and game reserves around the world.


Boskos is a primary source product in its own right. It is therefore significantly different from most other commercially-produced animal feeds in that it is not a by-product of a manufacturing process.


features of boskos


accepting that acacia is a basic natural diet for wild animals, the fibre and nutrient content of acacia bush as a natural source of animal feed has been subjected to exhaustive examination and test.

The harvest is rich in natural trace elements, drawn from deep in the earth by the root systems, and retained in the processing of the final product. Boskos nutrients and fibres, as organic elements, are immediately available in a herbivore's metabolism, which assists with easier digestion.

Zookeepers have found that herbivores in captivity instinctively appear to recognise Boskos for what it is, a foodstuff that is natural to them.

It can be supplied as required to game in the wild or, in the case of 'caged' animals, roughage or grazing (teff or eragrostis) must be available to supply effective long fibre.





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Benefits of feeding Boskos

  1. BOSKOS Organic Feed , is the closest feed to the natural diet of herbivores and is suitable for grazers and browsers.
  2. It is pelletised to avoid selective eating, minimise wastage, and provides ease of handling and extended shelf life.
  3. Conveniently packaged in 40kg or 25kg bags for easy storage and transportation.
  4. Tried and tested since 1992 under all mentioned conditions.
  5. BOSKOS Organic Feed is the best value for money.



Specification of Boskos Feeds

      
BOSKOS STD
BOSKOS HI-PRO
Protein (min)
100 g/kg   
160 g/kg   
Fibre (max)
250 g/kg   
150 g/kg   
Moisture (max)
120 g/kg   
120 g/kg   
Fat (min)
  25 g/kg   
  25 g/kg   
Phosphorus (max)
     3 g/kg   
    3.5 g/kg   
Calcium (max)
    9 g/kg   
     8 g/kg   
Energy Value
   10.5 MJ/kg
   11.11 MJ/kg
 
 
 


Basic trace elements (values mg/kg)
 
Copper
  6.98
 
Manganese
30.70
 
Selenium
  2.53
 
Zinc
21.30
 
Analysis source: Department of Veterinary Ethology - Onderstepoort 554/95

Recommended feeding
This feed can be provided ad lid, or in the case of 'caged' animals, the following proportions to be fed with roughage or grazing to supply effective long fibre:

ANIMAL SIZE (mass)
BOSKOS
ROUGHAGE
(teff / eragrostis)
 
 
 
Small
(up to 50kg)
5%
of animals mass
Ad lib
 
 
 
Large
2%
of animals mass
Ad lib
 
 
 
 

Licks


Reg: V9995 Act 36/1947 Energy Lick
Reg: V10339 Act 36/1947 Winter Lick
Reg: V10352 Act 36/1947 Summer Lick

Licks blocks 20kg - Containing Aloe to assist with tick control.

PHOSPHATE/SUMMER LICK V 16210 ACT 36/1947
WILD LICK BLOCK/WINTER LICK 18162 ACT36/1947

PLEASE NOTE: PHOSPHATE, CALCIUM, AND MINERALS ARE PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT SUPPLEMENTS AND NEED TO BE GIVEN THROUGH THE YEAR FOR ALL LIVESTOCK AND GAME.

WESenterprises offers you a choice of 20kg blocks and 40kg bags in the form of summer, winter and energy lick. The blocks also contain aloe and are ideal for all animals and game and also help with tick control.

TRACE ELEMENTS AND MINERAL SHORTAGES CAN CAUSE SICKNESS AND AILMENTS LIKE:

  1. No or low Reproduction
  2. Cows can stay lying down after calving
  3. Afterbirth could stay stuck
  4. Animals can easily bloat
  5. Slows down metabolism
  6. Stiff sickness
  7. Loss of appetite
  8. Weight Loss
  9. Depletion of bone density
  10. Weak growth in calves
  11. Low weaning weight
  12. Dull hair colour
  13. Rickets
  14. Giraffe die easily from phosphate shortage

 

The importance of minerals found in WES Feeds and Lick Supplements

SELENIUM

According to the latest research selenium, with copper and zinc is your most important mineral in animal health, with phosphate and calcium. Selenium helps with growth and reproduction and also prevents abortion in early pregnancy. Selenium also builds muscle.

IRON

Prevents anemia

MAGNESIUM

Severe shortage can cause, lameness, shakes and convulsions. Helps strengthen the bone structure.

COPPER

Prevent “sway back”. “ Sway back” forms in the embryo stage, it is a defect in the brain. The animal walks “swaying” as if drunk. It can be observed directly after birth or even a few weeks after birth. Especially, sheep, goats and pigs are the most affected. Cattle can, even as adults get “falling sickness” from a copper shortage in the embryo stage. Unfortunately it can’t be healed if copper is added later in the diet. Weak and dull coat. It is more noticeable in Sables, Sable also get “flakes” on their horns, from a copper shortage. With the inclusion of copper in their diet coat colour can be restored.

PHOSPHATE AND CALCIUM

80% of the animals bone structure is made up of calcium and phosphorus. For healthy growth and strong bones, it is very important to get phosphate and calcium together in correct relation.

ZINC

Zinc helps with the normal absorption of digested food from the gut. Zinc helps the animal derive maximum value from their food.

(WES FEEDS lick blocks all contain Aloe. Phosphate blocks contain no ureu(NPN) and are recommended for horses as well. )

 


WES GAME LICKBLOCK

Contains more protein and specially formulated for the winter months, is also available with browse or ivomec on demand. Urea content is very low and game flourish on these licks. Savannah blocks are suitable for game, small and large livestock.

BROWSE BLOCKS (Client mix to order)

Blocks with browse can be fed from the end of March to game and livestock. Browse helps prevent tanine poisoning. Browse improves digestion of food by increasing metabolism which in turn reflects in the animals' improved condition.

Browse is beneficial in the winter months when natural fead increases in fibre content and is lower in nutrition. Browse therefore renders natural winter forage more nutritions.

IVOMEC BLOCKS (Client mix to order)

Blocks containing ivomec are put out for game twice a year for a month, normally when parasites are the most active like February and September. This is particularly important in intensive environments.

WESenterprises uses natural protein in all their lick supplements. NPN is used very minimally in all WES products.

UREA WARNING (NPN)

Licks with a high urea contents (NPN), reduce milk production and reproduction. High urea content in lick supplements are also not recommended for weaning and also for young calves.

WESenterprises feed and lick supplements are low in urea content, thus improving the overall safety of our products.

Any feed containing urea (NPN), must be fed strictly in accordance with the feeding instructions.

Rock Salt

Please Note: Despite new technology and information available on the importance of phosphates, there are still farmers, especially in the summer months, that only put out rock salt. Rock salt does not contain enough minerals or phosphate. During the summer months when the animals grow at their best, the phosphate intake is of crucial importance, and the animals bone structure comprises of 80% phosphate, the high salt intake disrupts certain processes in the rumen and lowers the mass intake due to an imbalance between sodium and potassium in the bodily fluids. Very high salt intake as experienced, where only rock salt and salt blocks are fed, is not always due to salt hunger but can be attributed to pica, due to a phosphor and/or other macro mineral or trace element, or even a energy or protein shortage. In addition it was shown that the high intake of salt can cause a phosphor shortage. Salt licks like rock salt should not be fed with phos mineral licks, because the animals would lick the salt and this will dilute the mineral intake.

WESenterprises licks are balanced with all the necessary minerals, phosphates and salt that the animals need for a healthy and balanced growth and proper development. Thereby reaching their full genetic potential

PICA

Pica is a description given when animals are inclined to eat strange objects like, bones, plastic packets, wood, stones, rock, feathers etc. this is a sign of absolute shortage of phosphate. Animals can die from a phosphate shortage and eating strange objects. Pica causes animals to eat old bones from carcasses and then become contaminated with Clostridium Botulism. This can cause deaths due to botulism and also cause lame sickness. The behavior of pica can be prevented by providing lick supplements ad lib. The feeding of broiler litter, also increase the risk of lame sickness and disease tremendously due to the possible presence of foreign material in the manure, that renders it toxic.