When researching more on sheep care and seeing our flock grow 5x, we needed to find a way to prevent and treat problems like parasites and other diseases commonly found in our local environment without the use of injections, which commonly have harmful pharmacology side effects. Not only is diatomaceous earth(DE) good as a garden insect control it also works good as a natural internal and external parasite control.
From sheep to cows, and from horses to chickens, DE can be used to help manage
most common parasitic problems. One cause of death in sheep is tapeworms
or diarrhea caused by poor treatment of parasites.
(Information source – Homestead Organics)
Benefits as a Feed Supplement
~ Improves feed conversion and milk production.
~ Absorbs methyl mercury, e.coli, endotoxins, viruses, perhaps even
the proteinaceous toxins produced by some intestinal infections.
~ Prevents scours.
~ Reduces odor from manure.
~ Increases appetite.
~ Serves as a visible indicator of self-medication. When offered free choice,
check to see if an animal’s nose and mouth are covered in the white powder.
Directions for Use as a Feed Supplement
~ Dairy Cows: 1 – 2 oz or 28 – 56 g/day or free choice.
~ Dairy Calves/Heifers: 0.5 – 1 oz or 14 – 28 g/day depending on body weight
and feeding program, or free choice.
~ Beef Cows or Feeder Cattle: 1 oz or 28 g/day or free choice.
~ Beef Calves: 0.5 oz or 14 g/day or free choice.
~ Hogs: 0.25 – 0.5 oz or 7 – 14 g/day depending on size, weight and feeding program,
or 1% of total feed (22 lb/ton or 10 kg/tonne) as a maintenance program.
~ Horses: feed 5 oz or 141 g twice a day with the ration.
~ Sheep and Goats: 0.25 – 0.5 oz or 7 – 14 g/day as a maintenance program.
~ Poultry: 1% of total feed as a maintenance program.
Benefits as a Parasiticide
~ DE helps the animal resist the effects of parasitic worms and virus epidemics.
It punctures the insect’s exoskeleton or wounds soft – bodied insects causing deadly
internal injuries. The insects die by dehydration.
~ Controls flies, fleas and parasitic worms.
~ Controls mites in poultry breeder flocks (blocks breathing passages).
Directions for Use as a Parasiticide
~ Use two weeks on – two weeks off.
~ Cattle and Dairy: 0.1 oz or 3 g sulfur and 0.3 oz or 10 g DE/day.
~ Other ruminants: 7 – 10 lb/ton or 3 – 4.5 kg/tonne of finished feed along with
3 lb of sulfur/ton or 1.5 kg/tonne.
~ Single-stomached animals: 5 lb/ton or 2.3 kg/tonne of finished feed along with
2 lb of sulfur/ton or 0.9 kg/tonne.
~ Poultry: 2%/tonne of finished feed.
~ Use 50/50 with sulfur to dust and delouse.
~ Sprinkle full strength in poultry nesting boxes.
~ Spray weekly on walls, partitions, feeding troughs and watering areas.
“Some scientists believe that diatomaceous earth is a de-ionizer or de-energizer of worms or parasites. Regardless, people report definite control. To be most effective, food grade
diatomaceous earth must be fed long enough to catch all newly hatching eggs or cycling
of the worms through the lungs and back to the stomach. A minimum of 60 days is suggested
by many, 90 days is advised for lungworms. Some scientists believe that diatomaceous earth
is a de-ionizer or de-energizer of worms or parasites. Regardless, people report definite control.
To be most effective, food grade diatomaceous earth must be fed long enough to catch all newly hatching eggs or cycling of the worms through the lungs and back to the stomach. A minimum
of 60 days is suggested by many, 90 days is advised for lungworms.” – Holistic Livestock
One advantage for homestead and backyard fanciers is that this is effective,
inexpensive, and hard to overdose. There is no period of withdrawal and organic production
of lamb meat and overall animal health.
Silica deficiency in animals has been linked to a broad range of health problems
from poor calcium utilization to arterial disease. Animals deficient in silica can
experience significant positive outcomes when optimal silica amounts are added
to their feed. Results from decades of research and field trials show that endemic
health problems, even those that have been unresponsive to traditional chemical and medical treatments, can be controlled with optimal silica use. Of particular importance
to dairy farmers is that mastitis, scours, tumors and cysts can be controlled.
Silica is directly related to the formation of bone, cartilage and collagen with research indicating that silica can increase the collagen in growing bone by up to 100%. Silica
can also accelerate the growth in calves and plays a vital role in weight gain in cows.
Tests comparing weight gain in animals using silica as a regular component of feed
have generally followed two testing patterns:
1. Animals fed with silica and a 10% to 25% reduced feed ration experience
similar weight gain to the control group.
2. Animals fed with silica and the same amount of feed as the control group
experience superior weight gain.
Food grade diatomaceous earth can stimulate the metabolism, including the metabolism
of minerals, increases protein digestion and increases the amount of feed exposed to
the digestive processes thereby increasing the amount of feed utilized by the animal. -usesfordiatomaceousearth
Until next time…
L’chaim Pura Vida