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Diatomaceous earth used as a feed additive for livestock, horses and foals, birds, chickens, pets, and humans. reduce odors, remove harmful bacteria from the upper intestinal tract, and stop animals from licking holes and chewing fence posts.
Diatomaceous Earth as a prevention for calf scours: The purer the Diatomaceous Earth the more it becomes important when used as a calf scour prevention with less risk the calves will go back to eating black dirt which is contaminated with disease organisms, bacteria and parasites. Offering Diatomaceous Earth free choice as a dirt-eating alternative to the calves is to prevent them from doing this.
Diatomaceous Earth is used as a binding agent or inert carrier in foods, pills, toothpastes etc. It is listed in the ingredients as Silicon Dioxide. Black dirt contains a crystalline type of Silicon Dioxide.
Note that products containing less diatomaceous earth or blended with a clay will have a lower Silicon Dioxide content therefore, 100% Diatomaceous Earth will serve more calves.
Producers who used it as a scour prevention are also using Diatomaceous Earth as a top dressing when they come in from the pasture. Some start the calves prior to weaning, others start it at weaning time when starting calves on feed or when making a ration change. For newly weaned calves, they seem to get eating and drinking faster when Diatomaceous Earth is used. Their stress level is reduced, cutting down on runny noses etc.
Use it for not only cattle herds and calves, but also for sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, pigs, horses and bison and hogs. Hog producers in particular, have reported that the beneficial effects as a feed additive appear more pronounced in livestock raised in a more confined environment.
Here is a partial list of what our customers have noticed
* With feed for chickens and turkeys - makes shells harder, reduced mortality rate, reduce odors, dries droppings quickly, reduces fly hatch
* Controls fleas and ticks-Can be used as a dust for external parasites
* Stimulates basic metabolism
* Better feed conversion It's properties promote digestion by keeping feed particles separate. By inhibiting clumping, more of the surface area of the feed is exposed to the digestion process.
* Reduces odor and moisture in barns, pens, and stalls
* Results in better coat and/or hoof condition
* Mixed with feed it constantly attacks parasites Keeps fly larvae from developing in manure, noticeably reducing the fly population
* Cost effective
* Reduces annual vet bills
* Reduces overall animal stress
*Controls internal and external parasites without chemicals-a natural wormer-
*Easy to feed
*In cattle- increased milk production
*In cattle- decreased mastitis
*In food animals and dairy cattle- no withdrawal prior to use of products
*Fed to hogs or calves with scours - stops scours after one feeding
*Parasites and insects cannot build up resistance
Fossil Shell Flour can be used in their feed as an anti-caking agent. If feeding grain, add 2% DE (roughly 1/2 cup) to feed.
- Suggested feeding instructions Adjustments may be made based on your own experience and the weight of the animal.
- Our DE is GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe by the FDA), so there is no harm of overdose. A basic rule of thumb is 2% of the dry weight of the food It's properties promote digestion by keeping feed particles separate and allowing more of the surface area of the feed to be exposed to the digestion process.
- Here are some "dosage" guidelines:
- Humans 1 heaping teaspoon stirred in cup of water, mixed in food or in anything you like.
Children 1/2 to 1 level teaspoon per day.
- Kittens 1/2 teaspoon
Cats 1/2 to 1 teaspoon
- Puppies 1/2 to 1 teaspoon
- Dogs under 50 lbs. 2 teaspoons
Dogs over 50 lbs. 1 tablespoon
Dogs over 100 lbs. 2 tablespoons
- Cattle 2% by weight of dry ration
Calves 4 grams in morning
Dairy Cows 2% by weight of dry ration (4 oz. )
- Chickens 5% in feed, use at full strength in dusting boxes
- Goats 1% in grain, 5% per bushel of feed: up to 50% in T-M salt
- Hogs .2% of total feed ration, dust or spray on bedding and animals
- Horses 1/2 - 1 cup in daily ration
- Sheep 1% in ground grain
Fossil Shell Flour may be fed on a continuous basis to larger livestock for continuous parasite control and mineralization.
- Parasite Control: For effective use, the DE must be fed long enough to catch all the newly hatching eggs or cycling of the worms through the lungs and back to the stomach. A minimum of 60 days is suggested at 2% of dry weight of the grain ration. If fecal counts are not zero for worms and ova after feeding DE for 30 days, increase the daily dose. Feeding too small a dose of DE will not give desired results. Increasing the dose, even if greater than the above recommendations, will not harm anyone. Some horses only need a 1/2 cup of DE daily, others might need a full cup.
For large animals, DE may also be offered "free choice" as long as dispenser is protected from wind.