Kelp Meal from Acadian Seaplants

“Why Choose Acadian Kelp Meal?”
Kelp is the richest single source of trace minerals. Pituitary, adrenal and thyroid glands benefit from the trace minerals Kelp Meal supplies. Since Kelp Meal provides nutrients essential to these vital glands, it helps to balance the entire animal system.

Modern intensive farming practices have resulted in soils with deficiencies that are reflected in the low nutritional content of grasses and grains grown on these soils, and in the health of animals raised and maintained on these crops. Lush and otherwise nutritious grasses may fail to supply the needs of animals because certain trace elements are missing.

Ascophyllum nodosum seaweed, from the cold North Atlantic, has been used for centuries as a natural source feed supplement. Today, thanks to modern processing technologies, the benefits of ascophyllum nodosum seaweed are available in a cost-effective, dried, granular form that can be conveniently added into the regular feeding program. The kelp is 100% solar dried to ensure its nutrient rich properties are preserved.

Why we recommend Kelp Meal:

• Boosts the immune system by strengthening the glandular systems;
• Improves conception rates and increases the number of normal healthy births;
• Promotes regular heat cycles;
• Increases sperm counts, motility and durability;
• Stimulates appetite and improves digestive capacity;
• Raises production and performance levels;
• Produces healthy coats;
• Maximizes overall animal health;
• Helps to detoxify the body after exposure to moldy feeds (see Mold Inhibitors);
• Can be mixed directly into the feed, top dressed onto the feed or fed free choice.

Available in 25kg and 3kg bags

Kelp Meal as a dry hay additive will act as an aflatoxin binder and a mold inhibitor.

Kelp Meal is valuable as a mold inhibitor and as a soil amendment.
Marine plant found off Nova Scotia, New Brunswick By JENNIFER ROBINSON CANADIAN PRESS
HALIFAX - Brown seaweed found along the rugged coasts of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick significantly reduces a potentially deadly strain of E. coli found in beef, say researchers at an American University.

The study at Texas Tech University found a common sea weed, ascophyllum nodosum, reduced the occurrence of E.coli 0157, when fed to cattle 14 days before slaughtering and processing.

Of 290 cattle fed the substance, only 13 per cent tested positive for E. coli 0157, while 83 percent of 289 cattle not fed the seaweed tested positive for E. coli.

Vivien Gore Allen, professor of plant and soil sciences at Texas Tech, said the findings are "remarkable" and good news for the beef industry, which has been searching for ways to make its products safer after several fatal E. coli outbreaks in North America.

We have found that when we feed this material directly to cattle. . . we are able to take pathogenic E. coli down very low," Allen said from her office in Lubbock, Tex.

It's a very promising result.

We've been able to show this on the experimental feedlot, in the laboratory and, recently, we completed a large commercial feedlot trial and it repeated there as well".

The cattle feed supplement called Tasco, was developed several years ago by Acadian Seaplants Ltd. of Dartmouth, N.S.

The seaweed, commonly called Norwegian kelp or rockweed, is gathered by harvesters using a rake along the shore line in the Maritimes and then turned into a granular form or water-soluble extract.

Company president Jean Paul Deveau said the seaweed has been added to cattle feed for about a century by farmers in the North Atlantic during hard times.

Although the marine plant has been used in feeds for years, no one knew its potential impact on E. coli. Allen said. Studies on the effects of the plant are continuing.

E. coli is found in the intestines of all animals, including cattle. It can contaminate beef during slaughter and packaging.

Those who consume unpasteurized milk and juice or inadequately chlorinated water also are at risk.

E. coli 0157 was one of two contaminants in tainted drinking water that killed seven peopIe and made 2,300 ill in Walkerton Ontario two years ago.
"We have been feeding Acadian™ Kelp Meal from Bio-Ag Consultants and Distributors Inc. for the past ten years. We observed that the cows show stronger heat cycles and are more vigorous. In the past five years, our Embryo Flushing Program has averaged 10.2 number one embryos per flush (current breed average is 5). Our flush cows average in age from 7-12 years.

In addition, we feel that Acadian™ Kelp Meal helps in the growth of cattle and builds a better bone structure. Cows' hides have a lot more shine. We have also found that Acadian™ Kelp Meal combats molds in feed. Our belief is that the chelated trace minerals helps keep the cows healthy. Everyone at Morgrove Holsteins feels that Acadian™ Kelp Meal is the piece in the puzzle as far as nutrition is concerned."

Art, Rob, Mark Morbrook
Morgrove Holsteins Limited
Kelp, a variety of seaweed, is one of the rare plants whose effect against mastitis has been proven scientifically. Its effect is preventive, however, rather than curative. In a seven-year experiment with twin cows, where one was given kelp in its ration and the other not, the incidence of mastitis was greatly reduced in the cows receiving kelp. Kelp has an effect on different types of bacteria, not to mention the numerous minerals it contains.