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Humic substances promote exceptional health in livestock

Dr. Charles S. Hansen, D.V.M., conducted controlled studies with livestock animals in the state of California from the early 1960's through 1967 on an experimental basis. Dr. Hansen's tests involved supplementation with a blend of fulvic and humic acids as a feed additive. He also used fulvic acid alone as a treatment for specific ailments in livestock. The result of supplementation and treatment in comparison to untreated animals was outstanding.

Studies on dairy cows showed that after two months on the supplements no bacterial or viral infections occurred. A herd of over 300 dairy cows had a 15% increase in butterfat production after 3 months of supplementation. Another group of dairy cows on the supplement were cut back on high protein rations with no decrease in milk production. It was noticed that all cows on the supplement experienced more complete digestion.

In other studies, untreated dairy cows that developed mastitis, a serious bacterial infection of the udder, were treated with one pint of fulvic acid solution and recovered to full production in 12 to 24 hours. Similarly, untreated cows with mastitis that were treated with the usual antibiotics had only 50%-70% recovery after 2-3 weeks.

Studies on hogs revealed that the animals on the supplement experienced better and more complete digestion. The supplement completely eliminated Necro, a bloody diarrhea in hogs. It was also found that when fed the supplement free choice for 36 hours, it acted as an excellent vermifuge, or de-worming agent.

Studies on mink showed elimination of most diseases common to mink herds. Those mink on the supplement were less vicious, more docile. Studies showed that all mink on the supplement experienced more complete digestion, and ceased fur chewing which is a common problem.

Studies on poultry showed that pullets (young hens) on the supplement produced eggs of superior shell hardness and quality. Pullets given the supplement were free of most diseases. Pullets on the supplement experienced more complete digestion of the various feeds in their diet. The supplement also acted as a vermifuge, or de-worming agent.

A similar study currently underway at a European university has shown that Dr. Hansen’s results are consistent with the latest studies. These clinical studies on dairy cows and pigs shows that a humic acid concentrate, high in fulvic acids, promotes increase in beneficial intestinal flora resulting in better feed digestion. The humic supplement has a medicinal effect on the entire digestive system, eliminates toxins and infections, acts as an antibiotic and anti-viral which eliminates pathogens in the bloodstream, reduces inflammation (credit for this was given to humic acid’s flavonoid structure), bolsters immune system, increases milk and cream production, prevents mastitis, increases overall health.

The results of these studies show that humic substances, especially their fulvic acid component, play an important role in the health management of livestock. This holds especially true for those animals maintained on commercial feeds derived from conventional agricultural practices.

This latest university study shows that humic and fulvic acids are the better alternative to antibiotic livestock feed additives, which were just recently banned in Europe.

Hansen, Dr. Charles S; Private and unpublished research studies; Courtesy of Kenneth Westwood, a humic substance researcher.

Faust, Dr. Robert H; Private ongoing research studies currently taking place at the University of Leipzig; Translation courtesy of Bennie Tomasson, Holland.

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