Diatomaceous Earth, a farmer’s true friend

by Francis Scott, Scott Enterprises, Davao City  |  January 18, 2011

Hello all, we offer you an organic solution to your worm problem.  It’s Diatomaceous Earth, D.E for short.  It is now available throughout all the Philippines.  Here is one Philippine goat farmer’s experience using D.E

“I have been using DE for my goats for about 3 years now and have been doing composting with worms using my goat’s manure dtm808goatseven much longer.  My experience is that the DE I have been feeding my goats and obviously excreted thru their manure which I
feed to my worms has not in any way affected my worms.  I have not dewormed my goats since and I can tell my goats are, from all indications, worm free as they all look very healthy even during rainy season when goats usually look unthrifty.  Even diarrhea is now a thing of the past in my goat herd.  Two weeks ago I had a goat addition that looked like it had external parasites (mange) which I asked my caretaker to rub some DE all over it’s coat.  Just today when I inspected the goat again I was amazed to see how it started showing shiny haircoat and what seemed to be a thicker haircover.  I have also started adding DE to my chicken feeds and the chickens love it.  Yes, I have also seen how DE drove away the ants around the house. Cockroaches, too.”

This is only a small example of what D.E can do for you and your goats. The Feed Grade D.E also contains 14 trace minerals, some of which are vital for goats health like copper,zinc and selenium.

For cattle farmers:

The popularity of Diatomaceous Earth as a prevention for calf scours has built over the past decade.  This information has passed word-of-mouth from producer to producer and has been widely publicized in the the print media.  The purity of the Diatomaceous Earth product becomes more important when used as a calf scour prevention.  The purer the product, the less risk the calves will go back to eating black dirt.  The purpose of providing Diatomaceous Earth free choice to the calves is to prevent them from doing this.

So, why will they eat Diatomaceous Earth instead?  About 60% of the earth’s crust is Silicon Dioxide.  It’s in the form of crystalline silica such as rocks, clays, quartz (sand) soil and precious stones.  Black dirt contains a crystalline type of Silicon Dioxide.  The barnyard variety, contaminated with disease organisms, bacteria and parasites, can be a killer for newborn calves.  The common denominator would appear to be the Silicon Dioxide content.  Diatomaceous Earth as a feed additive has not received the same publicity as it has for scour prevention.  As a dirt-eating alternative, it’s effects are evident when you see how the calves go after it!  It’s not as obvious when used as a feed additive, however, one use has led to the other.

Producers who used it as a scour prevention are re-introducing the same calves to Diatomaceous Earth when they come in from the pasture.  Some start the calves prior to weaning, others start it at weaning time.  Producers use it as a top dressing 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.

Customers not only use it for their cattle herds and calves, but also for sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, pigs, horses and bison.  Hog producers in particular, have reported that the beneficial effects as a feed additive, evident in other livestock, appear more pronounced in livestock raised in a more confined environment.

As a feed additive, it is used by feed mills as an anti-caking agent.  The recommended rate is not to exceed 2% of the total diet.  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.  This points to better feed conversion.  Producers that process their own grains are adding Diatomaceous Earth to their regular mixes.

The results of using Diatomaceous Earth are most evident when applied to organic production.  The beneficial effects of using it can not be attributed to medicated feeds, antibiotic use, implants or any other chemical use because organic producers don’t use any of these products. D.E  does contain several essential trace minerals.

This is not an aspect we have emphasized in the past.  Producers using it as a scour prevention do not often consider the possibility of secondary benefits.  Also, we are not convinced these minerals are readily accessible to very young calves.  Their systems are operating on a liquid diet when Diatomaceous Earth is being used.  The digestion process may be too fast or too underdeveloped to benefit from the trace mineral content.

As producers, they  use it as a scour prevention and as a feed additive for the cows.

As many producers are now using D.E as a feed additive, we are more confident in promoting the trace minerals as a possible benefit.

Testimonials from dairy farmers in the United States of America

Daniel M. Brandt, McFarland, Wisconsin

Results from feeding 5 to 6 oz. of food-grade diatomaceous earth to dairy heard for a period of five weeks: Butterfat tests have shown an increase of 3.7 to 3.9; mastitis, which had been quite a severe problem, came under control (no new cases); cows are brighter and healthier in appearance and milk productio has increased without an appreciable increase in feed.

J.S. Bunker, Bunker Farms, Mesa, Arizona

After feeding 100 dairy cows on DE for approximately one year, the following results were noted: warbles became non-existent; fly nuisance almost completely disappeared; odors were almost completely gone cows have better hair and coat condition and have no desire to lick soil as in the past; vet bills have been significantly reduced; butterfat content has risen from 503 lbs. per cow to 513 lbs.per cow.

Dairy Herd Association Improvement Program, Hussey Farms, Litchfield Park, Arizona

Test run on purebred Jersey dairy cows given free choice access to codex food-grade diatomaceous earth (DE).  Average intake was three ounces per cow per day.  After six months the following results were observed:

Milk production in the test group increased over 20% with butter-fat content remaining the same.  Warbles problems came to an abrupt halt.  Feed assimilation imporoved and fly problems were brought under control.

Diatomaceous earth keeps chickens healthier

Removing lice and mites.  Diatomaceous earth can be dusted between the feathers and onto the skin regularly.  It can be added to dust baths which is particularly useful.

Added to poultry feed – daily use can result in fewer worms, less mortality and better feathering.  There are many different trace minerals contained in diatomaceous earth that are beneficial to poultry.  The dose that is commonly used in most animals from poultry to cats, dogs and even cattle is between 2 and 5% (follow the manufacturers recommendations) added to their feed.

Diatomaceous Earth is particularly useful if you keep poultry and is well worth having to help in the battle against worms, red mite and lice. 

Diatomaceous Earth is a poultry-keeper’s best friend.  It’s 100% natural, and is used to help prevent for all manner of poultry ailments including intestinal worms, mites and lice.  It’s safe and non-toxic. Diatomaceous earth is an abrasive, fine white powder made of the tiny fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of algae.  Ours is feed-grade, so it’s safe for your pet chickens and safe for you to eat their eggs. Recommendations are to add 1 pound of DE to every 50 pounds of feed to help prevent worms.  To help prevent mites or lice, sprinkle some in the nest boxes, coop bedding, and especially in your chickens’ dust bathing area.  To treat a current infestation in your flock, apply it directly to your birds, especially beneath their wings and around their vents.  (You can even use it in your house to treat ant infestations and kill cockroaches.)

The following web site gives testimonials from farmers in Canada.


DTM808 (D.E) feed additive is a product of Delta Romeo Trading.  The D.E is mined in Marinduque and then processed in Manila so it is a home grown product.

Scott Enterprises is the area distributor for DTM D.E feed additive for Davao, Mindanao.  For a distributer in your area, go to www.deltaromeo.net

Scott Enterprises sells D.E for P140 per kg, but your best saving is to purchase D.E by the sack which only cost P80 per kg or P2000 per sack.  Again that is a “feed grade” D.E.

Suggested dosage of DTM 808 feed grade D.E for goats is 3kg mixed with 50kg of feed.  I almost forgot to mention that it also prevents scouring.  Goats feed D.E are able to digest almost 100% of the protein in feed which means the goats manure will have no odor.  No odor means no flies.

So you see, there are many advantages to using D.E.  For orders in Davao, email us at scott_enterprises@ymail.com or call/text (0918) 620-3208 and start saving money today.

Francis Scott is our valued distributor in Davao City.  He attests to the effectiveness of DTM 808 (Diatomaceous Earth) when used as food additive in his goat farm.

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