In order to produce meats and milk with the necessary levels of nitrogen (N), farmers commonly feed animals food with nitrogen-rich proteins. Unfortunately, animals lose anywhere from 50 to 80 percent of this nitrogen as waste. As the waste decomposes, it reacts with uric acids in the manure, releasing ammonia in the ground and in the water.
These increased ammonia levels contribute to extremely harmful diseases such as E. coli and salmonella,which can then be passed down to humans after consumption. This leads to public health concerns andexpensive product recalls, costing farms millions.
Several independent field studies have shown that certain enzymatic mineral products can improve digestion, and, most importantly, nutrient absorption. This mineral product occurs naturally and has even been shown to reduce the levels of disease pathogens in the animals’ digestive tracts.
By making the animals’ digestion more efficient, we hoped to reduce the levels of ammonia creation and lower the rate of disease in the process.
Testing our theory required some serious ingenuity and a little creativity. To determine whether or not the enzymatic minerals would work the way we envisioned, we worked with a lab to create an artificialreplica of a chicken’s digestive tract.
To recreate the digestive process as accurately as possible, we even devised a magnetic stirring mechanism to simulate the motion of the digestive tract.
With a strong simulation in place, we then created a formulation of food, trace minerals, ammonia and the natural liquid enzymatic minerals and placed it in the artificial digestive tract. We connected the model to a Z800XP ammonia monitor, which measured the ammonia concentration by the minute, and allowed nature to take its course.
Analyzing the results of the simulated digestion, we saw a 100% removal of gaseous ammonia in 9 of the 10 collected samples.
Starting at 232.2 ppm, ammonia concentration dropped all the way to 2.3 ppm at the end of the digestive process.
That’s not all. Following EPA standards, we conducted an organic nitrogen test, measuring results on the 4th, 6th, and 14th days of our trial, in accordance with guidelines. Testing for ammonia, harmful nitrites and nitrates, and total Kjeldahl nitrogen (TKN), we found that all nitrates and nitrites had been reduced to non-detectable levels. Ammonia had decreased by 46.6 percent, TKN by 74.7%, and the organic production of nitrogen had increased by over 200%!
Additionally, we confirmed a 99.8% reduction in pathogens related to E. coli, and a 99.3% decrease in pathogens related to salmonella. Testing contaminated flood waters, we confirmed that E. coli levelshad decreased by 96.5%.
Using this safe, all-natural enzymatic nutrient to eliminate elevated ammonia levels, we were able to drastically reduce the levels of disease pathogens, increasing both farm productivity and profitability inthe process.
Through professional collaborative relationships the next step is to continue to move beyond simple testing and into active field research. Initial results demonstrate our ability to identify and resolve a significant problem. . This low-cost, non-labor intensive solution now stands to improve agricultural practices across the nation.