The essential minerals in salt act as important electrolytes in all bodies, both humans and animals. These essential salt minerals help with fluid balance, nerve transmission and muscle function. Some amount of salt is naturally found in most foods, but we also add salt to enhance the flavor of our food. Historically salt has been used to preserve food.
Ranchers and livestock managers provide salt for their animals in the form of a salt block which they lick.
On the Grieb Ranch we use Salt in Many Different Ways
Our Animals Need Salt
Our animals need it. If we have a sick cow or young calf we mix up an electrolyte solution containing salt then administer it as a drench.
Throughout the year we keep our cattle supplied with different types of mineral salt blocks which they lick free-choice. However, we need to be careful where we set the salt blocks as the area around the blocks gets trampled and the salt kills the vegetation immediately around it. Careful management of salt blocks is necessary.
Our Food and Conversation Need Salt
We enjoy many meals at our ranch table and we add salt to enhance the flavor of some foods. While eating, we also involve each other in conversation. God’s word provides a guide for our conversations, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:6
So how do we as Christians season our conversations? The salt of our conversations is described in Philippians 4:8, “Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy think about such things.” Salt your conversation accordingly and have it be an outpouring of your thought life.