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Re: Bugs in feed?

Postby farmerjan » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:25 pm

We also use diatomaceous earth in our feed. When I worked at the historic grist mill DE was used religiously in any stored grain. It is not poisonous, it does not cause any kind of reaction in people, and is routinely used by many places to help keep some of the weevils from developing in wheat. Had talked to a couple of other mill owners/operators over the years and they say it is standard practice to use it. It is also used in large grain elevator storage.
If it had bugs from the feed store, I would also return it. I don't think that little bit will have hurt the calves.

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Re: Bugs in feed?

Postby True Grit Farms » Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:14 am

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I need to try some diatomaceous earth, or whatever its called. The cows ate the feed fine this morning bugs and all.
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Re: Bugs in feed?

Postby ClinchValley » Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:41 pm

I found two birds in two different sacks last year.
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Re: Bugs in feed?

Postby Craig Miller » Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:40 pm

De is Supposed to be a good wormer too.

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Re: Bugs in feed?

Postby Lucky_P » Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:27 am

Craig.
DE has never killed a worm in an animal. Any and all claims that it is an effective dewormer are bogus, with no scientific support.
There is some documented evidence that if you could formulate a ration containing about 5% DE - and get the animals to consume it - that there may be diminished larval survival inside the fecal pellets/pats - just due to the dessicating effects of the DE.
However, I've also seen documented 'outbreaks' of urolithiasis (bladder stones causing urinary obstruction) in feedlot steers that had DE added to their ration as an 'organic dewormer'; they didn't take into account the mineral composition of the DE... it was a trainwreck.

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Re: Bugs in feed?

Postby Craig Miller » Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:36 am

Lucky_P wrote:Craig.
DE has never killed a worm in an animal. Any and all claims that it is an effective dewormer are bogus, with no scientific support.
There is some documented evidence that if you could formulate a ration containing about 5% DE - and get the animals to consume it - that there may be diminished larval survival inside the fecal pellets/pats - just due to the dessicating effects of the DE.
However, I've also seen documented 'outbreaks' of urolithiasis (bladder stones causing urinary obstruction) in feedlot steers that had DE added to their ration as an 'organic dewormer'; they didn't take into account the mineral composition of the DE... it was a trainwreck.


You are correct. I have no scientific proof. I have talked with people who have done fecal samples before and after to prove it in goats. I did not see the test results personally though, only what they told me. I do know that it will remove bugs from feed. I did a scientific study of that. :D


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