A livestock owner should know everything about any and all applications PRIOR to admininstering it/them to their animals.kfacres said:So, we (you) are saying that it's recommended to feed ground up coralized fosilized algae (glass like substance) to livestock for the purpose of 'cut by the DE and die' or better yet (more explanatory) 'the abrasive edges of the particles cut the parasites and bugs in their abdomen causing them to die of dehydration.'?
well, you take 1 cup--- of any size really, doesn't matter....autumnprairie said:
Read the labels of DE products, it states very clearly NOT to use on pets or livestock or to allow them to ingest it.BeanJeepin said:We're looking at the Spalding fly predators as well.
We had good luck with DE when the dogs had fleas very badly one year.
Quoted from the site you recommended:Rvrfshr said:
Good post Red! In light of the conflicting information about DE, I am unconvinced that is suitable for ingestion by pets or livestock and will opt for other more tried and true methods for treating my animals.redtailgal said:Quoted from the site you recommended:Rvrfshr said:
"Use in agriculture
Natural freshwater diatomaceous earth is used in agriculture for grain storage as an anticaking agent, as well as an insecticide. It is approved by the US Department of Agriculture as a feed supplement.
It is also used as a neutral anthelmintic (dewormer). Some farmers add it to their livestock and poultry feed to improve the health of animals. "Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth" is widely available in agricultural feed supply stores. It is acceptable as organic feed additive for livestock.
Marker in livestock nutrition experiments
Natural diatomaceous earth (dried, not calcined) is regularly used in livestock nutrition research as a source of acid insoluble ash (AIA), which is used as an indigestible marker. By measuring the content of AIA relative to nutrients in test diets and feces or digesta sampled from the terminal ileum (last third of the small intestine) the percentage of that nutrient digested can be calculated using the following equation:
is percent Nutrient Digestibility
is the percent of nutrients in the feces
is the percent of nutrients in the feed
is the percent of AIA in the feces
is the percent of AIA in the feed
Natural diatomaceous earth (freshwater) is preferred by many researchers over chromic oxide, which has been widely used for the same purpose, but which is also a known carcinogen and therefore a potential hazard to research personnel."
Perhaps the DE label that you've read says not to use it, but I've read the label on my bag of DE. It gives suggested uses, and includes the amount to use as an additive to various animal feeds, as well as face wash for humans. It also suggests use as a natural pesticide in gardens.
There is a very big difference between horticultural grade DE and non horticultural grade DE.
ALso, DE has been approved by the USDA as a feed additive.
Here is another website that you may want to include in your research: