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Newsletter Summer

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June 18  |  Farm, Livestock, News, Newsletters, testimonials  |   Webmaster

Newsletter

Hello to all of you.

I just got this e-mail from someone using this formula for potatoes and seeing 40 tons an
acre and harvesting 2 Days earlier. Apply 1.5 litres Oxy Blast per acre in 100 litres water, commencing when the plant shows 3-4 inches leaf area diameter. Repeat every seven days until the rows close in. Re-spray when blight conditions occur. It is a contact killer only so apply as soon as it starts raining.

Also, we are getting a lot of calls about Goats, Broilers, Turkeys and Dairies in the last
few weeks.  All these farm operators are seeing incredible results.  Following is a sampling of comments:

1.  The water is used by 316 milking goats (30 of them are really low producers), 41 dry goats, 5 breeding bucks and 9 bull calves (age between 1 and 9 months).

Use per month:

About 27,000 gallons of water and 30 litres (8 gallons) of OxyBlast (including 4 litres for
treatments) plus 14 kg (2.5 gallons) of Acidifier (including the 2.7 kg. we need for the kids milk in the nursery).

We brought the PH from 7.7 down to 6 – 6.5 and our SPC has never been as low as it is now.

2. We have a broiler operation that got their pullets in from a hatchery. The hatchery
called to let them know that the batch they got is from the same batch that had salmonella. The farmer called the local Oxy Blast Dealer and he got him to use only 150 PPM for a while and purge it every 4 days. The rest of the producers that bought this batch, still had salmonella and they all had to be euthanized (too bad, we could have helped them). The producer then used a 300 PPM solution of Oxy Blast to disinfect the barn. (wearing gloves and misting it in, as well as spraying around etc. is a good idea) All of the other barns had signs of infection; the barn treated with Oxy Blast Barn did not. The producer used to
have a death loss of 6%; the death loss is now .4 of 1%!

 

3.   A very large producer is seeing a death loss drop. They used to have a death loss of 7%, but after a 30 day trial with Oxy Blast in 2 barns, they saw the death loss drop to 2.2%. The other barns still had 7%. Nothing else was changed so it has to be the Oxy Blast. As you know there are too many variables on farms to judge what might or might not be
causing this, however nothing else has been changed on those farms.

4.  A Turkey Farmer mentioned that it is sometimes a struggle to get his birds up to 15KG; usually they can just get above 13KG tops. He also mentioned they are on a quota system in Canada. The farmer used to use a Chlorine Dioxide based product on his farm but he was not happy with results he was getting.  So he replaced it with Oxy Blast.  After a full
cycle, his death loss went down and his birds were up to 15.96 KG. He shipped 15,000 KG more that he was supposed to (he is only allowed to go to 25,000 more a year). He has a problem; either he goes to 500 less or he buys more quota or he ships early.  What a nice problem to have!

5.  Dairy Farmers are all seeing milk increase, clean water and many health benefits. We get more calls and comments from Dairy Farmers than you can imagine.  I cannot
remember all of them but we keep getting the same positive feedback: lower SCC,
increased milk production, less mastitis & hoof issues, better conception rates, better healthier calves, etc.

Additional  Notes:

Poultry –

When a poultry farm has Necrotic Enteritis, it’s usually caused because of bedding and
the paste on the bedding (scours in poultry is called Paste). We suggest they spread Calcium Carbonate (Limestone ground finely) on bedding and around feeders, not only on bedding but around feeders and waterers. This will keep the ammonia, etc. down so that there are less heath issues.

Bacteria -There are 3 kinds of bacteria we want to eliminate- Coddus and its spherically
shaped—->Bacillus and its rod shaped—-> Spirallum -spirally shaped; curved rod shaped.

Water Storage –
The more different issues I address, the more I believe in Contact Time–> sufficient time in the storage of water to ensure effectiveness.  It is critical when dealing with Rotten Egg Smell or with iron and manganese. I believe there are 2 options when injecting Oxy Blast.  First, always have a retention tank, or if you cannot, at least install an inline static mixer.  Municipalities and cities do this because, believe it or not, a significant improvement in poor-quality water can be achieved by storage alone, even if such storage is not required for any other purpose. The natural settling of the suspended solids and a reduction in pathogenic organisms is obtained by storage alone. I would always have a very large mouth tap at the bottom to remove sediment every so often.

The improvement in water quality depends on storage time, and the contaminants in
the source. There has been documentation that storage of water in municipalities and cities have reduced over 90% in coliform and e-coli numbers in winter and 99% in summer months, based on minimum 7 days storage, however we recommend 7-15 days. This documentation also shows reduction in colour, turbidity, ammonia, and many organic pollutants including pesticides and herbicides. There also was documentation of a significant reduction in numbers of Cryptosporidium and Giardia oocysts.

Here is the proof …

Quality of water before and after storage
Parameters                     River Thames at Oxford      River Great Ouse at Grafham

Raw water       Stored water         Raw water       Stored water

Colour (Hazen)                      19 9                               30                          5

Turbidity Units                      14                          3.2                            10                         1.5               type not specified

Ammoniacal Nitrogen          0 0                              0.3                        0.06     (mg/L)

Oxygen absorbed (mg/L) 1.8                         1.3                            3.5                         2.0

BOD (mg/L)                             0                           0                             4.5                         2.5

Total Hardness (mg/L)      300                       259                           430                        280

Coliforms (MPN/100ml) 60,000                  200                           650                         20

E-coli (MPN/100ml) 20,000                  100                          1700                         10

Colony counts per 1 ml:
3 days @ 20 C                          0                               0                           50,000                    580

2 days @ 37 C                          0                               0                            15,000                     140

 

The second option would be to go directly down the well casing.  We strongly recommend that you shock thewell, prior to setting up injection. However, I would definitely get a water report first to determine if there are sulphates in the water, because sulphates can congeal and create a serious problem with the well pump.

Raw-water storage can also lead to problems, particularly if the water being stored is
high in nutrients; this can lead to high levels of algae in the spring and summer. We suggest a maximum supply of 7-15 days if storing water to accommodate volumes.

Algae are micro-organisms which contain chlorophyl and require water, CO2, low levels of
inorganic substances, and most importantly light, to grow and multiply (use a storage container that does not allow light to enter).  Algae grows really slow compared to bacteria.
The growth-rate depends on availability of nutrients, nitrogen and phosphorus in water, and on the energy available from sunshine.

Algae can normally be seen in affected water, but some (Stephanodiscus) can remain
invisible, except under a powerful microscope. Outbreaks are usually severe and sporadic. Algae blooms are a common phenomenon. These arise when the optimum conditions exist for a particular species of algae to grow. Algae blooms normally start in the spring, as increasing light levels lead to the beginning of optimum conditions for growth, and continue through the summer into the autumn.

Algae control is not easy. They used to use Copper Sulfate in the past, just before the bloom happened. Copper sulfate is toxic to fish, plants, the environment and humans. Oxy Blast has worked on many storage containers. Over time, we find that the purifying of the water prior to getting to storage, is a great benefit. I suggest that the storage units also be
covered with a UV Tarp if they are clear. I hope this helps. I study every day on ways for us to improve. If you want me to get a wholesale price on storage containers let me know.

I eat; you farm

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June 12  |  Farm, Latest News, News, Nutrition  |   Webmaster

I eat. You farm. So what?

A recently overheard conversation at a suburban grocery store between a person buying food with comments from a farmer who was visiting and knew how to meet people on common territory instead of talking “ag.”

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Here’s the thing; I don’t really get why farmers are on the warpath. Really! We can get our food from anywhere. I just care that our family has food that’s affordable and safe. And I’ve heard some pretty bad things about you farmers.

You are poisoning water and soil by using pesticides and insecticides. Our family plays in the creeks and ponds on our land. Our kids chase fireflies through soybean fields, while playing hide and seek in corn fields. Do you really think we’re going to pour poisons in fields that surround our family home?  By the way, our well for water is between the house and the field. We understand that it’s not cool to use bad chemicals, which is why we rely on a whole lot of science, research and technology to ensure we’re using the right products.

Food plate & farmerBig farms are bad, and you all seem to be getting bigger. What size of school does your child go to? There are many different sizes of schools that offer options and choices for families. Likewise, we have a mix of large and small businesses in America due to our free marketplace. The same is true for farm families; some choose to farm a large number of acres or work with many animals, while others have small operations.  97% of farms in the U.S. are still owned by families; they deserve a right to choose the best option for their family and business like other Americans, don’t they?

Animals are abused on today’s farms. I’ve worked with animals my whole life. If you’ve seen the sensationalized videos from animal rights groups, I want you to know they probably impact me even more than you.  Animals that live in barns are actually in a lot better conditions – they get to stay at one temperature, avoid predators and have a environment that’s customized to their every need. Barns do look different today than in 1970, but isn’t the same true of computers, doctors offices and stores? Yes, animals die to feed humans, but we respect their sacrifice and care for them in the best way possible.

I’ve heard farm subsidies are making you rich on our tax dollars. There are a lot of mixed opinions on this, even within agriculture. However, the big thing people don’t realize about the “farm” program is that 86% of it is for mothers and children in need of food assistance. And I’m not asking for a handout from anyone, but we manage millions of dollars of risk every year – sometimes the safety net has kept our family in business – and is a tiny part of our national budget.

Biotechnology is evil. Do I look like Satan? Sorry, just joking. Our family chooses biotechnology because it’s the right tool for our farm. But more importantly, there are a lot of hungry people around the world, a problem that’s getting worse with a growing population. I was on a mission trip last year to Africa and saw some this myself. Have you ever looked into the eyes of a hungry child? It haunts me – and that’s why biotechnology is a tool that we choose.

Hormones are making our kids develop way too soon! I have a daughter, so I get your concern – we don’t want to have kindergarteners in bras. Kids are growing more and faster because our diets are better.  Did you know there’s more hormones in a serving of broccoli than in a steak? People need to remember that all food has hormones – and it always has.

It’s been interesting to talk with you.  Are you on Facebook or are there ways we can stay connected? Sure, would be glad to connect with you. Our farm’s Facebook page has a lot of pictures to give you an inside look on what’s happening.  I’m also on Twitter and will put up some videos to show you what we’re doing during harvest. I’d also suggest you check out these websites…

Cool. I like that we share the same values. We may not always agree, but I appreciate what you do as a farmer a lot more after we’ve talked.  And I’ll remember you when I shop for our food.

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If you’re buying food, when have you sought out a person involved on a farm or ranch? Same for those in agriculture… when was the last time you truly made an effort to relate on human terms instead of ag terms?

Courtesy of: http://www.causematters.com/advocacy/i-eat-you-farm-so-what/

ANTIBIOTICS IN FEED

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June 9  |  antibiotics, food safety, Latest News, News, Nutrition, Research  |   Webmaster

South Korea Bans Antibiotics in Animal Feed

Five years after the European Union banned antibiotics in animal feed, South Korea is about to become the first Asian country to embrace such a restriction.
Beginning in July, South Korea is promising to strictly enforce a ban on the use of so-called antibiotic growth promoters in animal feed, according to the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF).
The EU banned all sub-therapeutic antibiotic growth promoters in animal feed beginning in January 2006. Prior to that only three nations had imposed bans on their own: Sweden (’86); Denmark (’98); and Switzerland (’99).
The bans are intended to preserve the effectiveness of some antibiotics used to treat infections in humans. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first proposed an American ban on antibiotics in animal feed in 1977, but a Congress dominated by agricultural interests asked for more study.
Since 2005, South Korea has been gradually reducing the 44 types of antibiotics it had allowed to be mixed with feed as various scientists have warned about the side effects from livestock receiving too many antibiotics.
“The government will impose a total ban on the addition of antibiotics to animal feed by revising rules governing  animal food,” the MAFF announcement said.  “The new rules will enhance the safety of local meat and dairy products.”
Under South Korea’s revised rules, eight types of antibiotics and one antimicrobial agent will be prohibited.
South Korea will permit veterinarians to treat sick animals with antibiotics. The government, however, said once the ban goes into effect, checks for antibiotic residues in feed will be frequent with tough action for violators.
The MAFF has been monitoring residues in meat since 1991. In the U.S., both Congress and the Manhattan federal court are considering whether a similar ban should be imposed in the U.S.
Bans leave the animal industry looking for alternatives to antibiotics. There is not a single replacement, but EU agriculture has experimented with various organic acids and other substances with varying degrees of success.

New MRSA Strain

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June 6  |  Case Studies, Farm, food safety, Latest News, News, Reports, Tests, Research  |   Webmaster

New MRSA strain found in UK dairy cattle

Farmers Guardian.com June 3, 2011 | By Jack Davies

A NEW strain of antibiotic-resistant MRSA has been discovered in UK dairy cows for the first time, and scientists believe it may now be being passed on to humans who come into close contact with infected animals.

The new strain of Staphylococcus aureas was discovered in samples of milk by researchers carrying out a study into mastitis in dairy cows. The study, due to be published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, found that unlike other human strains of the bacteria, the new form of the bacteria cannot be identified using a common test for MRSA.
 

Researchers have now identified evidence that cattle could act as a reservoir for the bacteria, raising the risk of passing it on to farm workers and others who come into
close contact with dairy cattle.

Studies carried out by the team found that in geographical locations where they identified the new strain in cattle, they also found an incident of the strain infecting humans. In total, the research team discovered 12 confirmed cases of the new strain in humans in Scotland, 15 in England and 24 in Denmark.

The discovery however is not thought to be a public health risk as pasteurisation would kill the bacteria, said Dr. Mark Holmes, senior lecturer in preventive vet medicine at Cambridge University.

“It is important to stress that drinking milk or eating dairy products is not a public health risk,” he said.  “The main worry is that dairy cows represent a pool of infection and it could infect people who live and work on farms and they could then take that out into the wider community.”

Even for farm workers, the risks may be small as MRSA typically doesn’t cause disease unless the infected person has a weakened immune system such as after an operation. Where concern could come however is if farmers and farm workers pick up the bacteria and spread it to a susceptible person in the wider community, it could lead to a serious
infection.

Similarly there could be risks from drinking unpasteurised milk, although Dr Holmes said the risk was low and he would be more concerned about contracting Brucellosis than he would about the new strain of MRSA.  Dr. Holmes said it was not yet clear how prevalent the new MRSA strain is, but the study showed it could be present in almost three per cent of the UK dairy herd.

The Soil Association used the discovery to reiterate its calls for an end to routine antibiotic use. Helen Browning, director of the Soil Association said “In the relentless drive for increased per animal productivity, and under acute price pressure, dairy systems are becoming ever more antibiotic dependent.

“We need to get farmers off this treadmill, even if that means that milk has to cost a few pennies more. That would be a very small price to pay for maintaining the efficacy of these
life-saving drugs.”

The claims were dismissed by Dr. Holmes who said dairy farmers faced with a mastitis problem were understandably going to use antibiotics to combat infection and that it was unfair to suggest it was causing the rise of so-called superbugs.

Readers’ comments

Charles Henry | 3 June 2011 8:14 am

So now it’s MRSA.is it? Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (Staph a).
WHAT A COINCIDENCE! They’ve found another stick to beat the farmers and
agriculture with, just as the pressure grows to deal with rise and rise of M.bovis in the wildlife.

I’ve been campaigning about the rise of MRSA in our hospitals for nigh on 20 years now. It’s a killer in the hospital environment; have no doubts about it. . I dubbed it ‘MISERY’ years ago. But the more we protested, the more they just stated it was an everyday bacteria that was being brought in with the patients and by the general public and visitors.

But now the ‘experts’ are on the march again with their new stick! You couldn’t make it up!!!

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Ohio Dairy Report

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June 6  |  Dairy, Farm, News, Newsletters, Reports, Tests, testimonials  |   Webmaster

Dairy Report –

“I’ve been using Oxy Blast for only 3 months and my SCC is the lowest it’s been in the last 30 years.  I just had 65 cows get bred, in 2 months, out of a herd of 110. At the last herd check, 82%  checked for pregnancy, were positive. What a difference!
You can’t get the cows bred if they don’t ovulate. We  had been around 25% conception rate before using Oxy Blast. ”

Bob Jentes   — Wooster, Ohio     330-345-7840

(Note from Gerald Stair:  Bob called me on Thanksgiving Day about his good news he reported above.  But let me tell you the “rest of the story”.

“Three years ago a local well driller told Bob that he had the answer. He installed a water system  (costing over ten thousand dollars ) to supposedly take care of his water problems. First of all they had to put in a new well pump and water lines to the milk house because they were plugged up. They put a water meter in so he could see if there could be an increase in water consumption because the water is better. Bob would write the water meter numbers down daily, at the same time, for a few months and nothing changed.

His abortions, dead calves on arrival, DOA’s- twisted stomachs, pneumonia, somatic cell count, mastitis, nothing changed at all. After ten thousand dollars was spent, the milk house filled up with iron bacteria in his holding tanks. Bob even had to buy heifers to keep his herd at the same size because nobody had an answer for his herd health problems.

I also knew he was having herd health problems. I stopped in after I had been installing the Oxy Blast for over three years and thought maybe Oxy Blast could help Bob. Bob explained to me all of his health problems with the cows and showed me his sheets when the cows freshened. Oh, my gosh, all of those DOA’s, DA’s, etc. His somatic cell count was in the 300,000 to 400,000.  That milk has got a lot bacteria in it. Is that good milk? –NO!

He is putting Oxy Blast hydrogen peroxide, in the well to kill the slime bacteria that is caused by iron and manganese. Bob has had a very unhealthy herd for life – 40 plus years. You can ask the local banker, the veterinary and even the Ohio State Veterinary Department.  He is one happy camper now!”

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