Apple Cider Vinegar for Farm Animals
Many farmers have observed the benefits of apple cider vinegar in the diets of farm animals such as cattle, sheep,dogs, chickens, and other poultry. Not only that, but apple cider vinegar can also be used for general purposes, e.g. cleaning and disinfection.
If you are looking to preserve the health of your animals or treat some existing issues, then apple cider vinegar is worth a try.
We’d like to introduce you to the observed benefits of apple cider vinegar in animals and talk about the scientific side of the issue too.
What Does Research Say About Apple Cider Vinegar For Farm Animals?
Research into the benefits of apple cider vinegar for farm animals and animals in general is extremely limited. The same applies to this vinegar’s benefits for humans. A Apple Cider Vinegar is a natural product, drug or health food companies don’t spend money or research as there is no monetary gain.
Although there are some studies, their number is extremely scarce, and it’s difficult to confirm if it has indeed been apple cider vinegar that has led to the observed benefits.
According to Healthline, apple cider vinegar may:
- Kill bacteria, so it may be able to serve as a food disinfectant or cleaning agent.
- Lower blood sugar levels.
- Aid weight loss.
- Improve heart health in animals. Some studies have found that apple cider vinegar can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. These substances are heart disease risk factors, so reducing them should lead to improved heart health.
- Boost skin health.
A naturally produced apple cider vinegar contains healthful substances such as potassium, proteins, acetic & malic acids, vitamins, and minerals.
A test by Practical Farmers of Iowa also observed benefits of apple cider administration in cows. Between June 2017 and December 2018, cows that consumed apple cider vinegar produced on average 40kg of milk per cow, while cows that did not consume it produced 35kg.
Apart from an increase in milk production, apple cider vinegar administration was observed to slightly increase the percentage of butterfat and protein in milk.
Milk production can be influenced by season, weather, and forage and the farmers husbandry. No categorical claim can be made but where Apple Cider Vinegar has been administered appropriately, reports of improvements are consistent.
There were some other interesting findings as well, so we suggest that you go research these finding on the web.
Benefits And Uses Of Apple Cider Vinegar For Farm Animals
Now, let’s also go through the benefits of apple cider vinegar observed by farmers. Please note that these don’t seem to have been formally studied, so no one can guarantee any result.
Among the benefits noticed by farmers in animals after the administration of apple cider vinegar are:
- Increased egg production in chickens.
- Improved general health in dogs. This is thought to be thanks to the alkalizing effect of apple cider vinegar. Besides, apple cider vinegar may improve fertility and improve the endurance of working dogs.
- If dogs are showered by a solution of apple cider vinegar after a bath, they may experience reduced itching or irritation caused by fleas, ringworms, or skin allergies. Apple cider vinegar might also help treat skin conditions in other animals, but there seems to be little to no formal evidence to confirm this.
- In birds, apple cider vinegar is thought to encourage feathering and growth.
- The meat of an animal fed with apple cider vinegar tends to be more tender.
Aside from a diet supplement, apple cider vinegar may also be used for disinfection, cleaning, or treating bug bites. Vinegar is the go-to cleaning solution for many homeowners, and will prove to be just as useful in farm settings as well.
Suggested Dosage For Farm Animals
If you are looking to supplement the diet of your farm animals with apple cider vinegar, here are some dosages for getting started:
- Cattle (dairy). 10-20ml daily
- Cattle (beef). 10ml daily
- Sheep. 5-10ml daily
- Poultry. 1 ml per bird per day. Add apple cider vinegar to water or food.
- Dogs. Add 5 ml to water daily.
- Horses. 20 ml per head per day (with food or water) or 50 ml as a drench diluted in water.
- Pigs. 5 ml per head per day. Add apple cider vinegar to the food or water.
Note that these dosages are for the average-size livestock. You may need to adjust your dosages in accordance with the size of your farm animals and their current condition. Generally, remember that it’s more beneficial to administer less apple cider vinegar more often (rather than large amounts less frequently).
You may administer apple cider vinegar in the following ways:
- If you are looking to use apple cider vinegar as a dietary supplement, add the vinegar to drinking water, food, silage.
- You may alternatively try direct drenching. In this case, the vinegar must be diluted with water at a 50/50 ratio.
- To treat skin or coat conditions, spray the apple cider vinegar onto the coat of the animal.
Any Questions? Get In Touch With Us!
If you want practical advice on the administration of apple cider vinegar, get in touch with us – we are ready to help!
Additionally, we offer 2 variants of apple cider vinegar products suitable for farm animals – traditional apple cider vinegar and apple cider vinegar with garlic. Our apple cider vinegar products are double strength (8%) and unpasteurized, so they retain all the vital substances of vinegar.
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