Zar-Min Research with Ruminant Animals

Years of successful field testing have been completed. Since 1983, companies worldwide have included Zar-Min in their feeding programs.

Ruminant Animals

Zar-Min feed additive improved weight of heifer calves.In the study below (Kondo, et al., 1969), heifer calves, 20- and 184-day-old, were studied for 180 days. Their rations included 5% by volume supplements of clino natural zeolites. Growth for all animals was improved by the decreased incidence of diarrhea and soft feces, and by the stimulation of appetite. The animals on the zeolite-supplemented feeding programs gained 20% more weight versus control, because they consumed more feed. However, the feed costs per kg. of weight gained were significantly less versus control. No side effects were detected, and the feces of the zeolite-fed animals contained less water and fewer particles of undigested food in the

 


Occurrence of Diarrhea and Soft Feces among Calves on
Diets Supplemented with 5% Clinoptilolite

Time (days)

Incidence of Diarrhea

Incidence of Soft-Feces

Grass Fed
+5% Zeolite
Hay Fed
+5% Zeolite
Control Group
6 calves
Grass Fed
+5% Zeolite
Hay Fed
+5% Zeolite
Control Group
6 calves

30
0
0
4
0
0
4
36–60
0
1
2
9
4
13
61–90
0
0
2
1
1
13
91–120
1
0
1
2
0
13

121–150
0
0
4
4
0
8

154–184
0
0
0
0
0
0

Total
(calf days)
1
1
13
16
5
51
 - © ZEO, Inc. Swine Research Trial with Zar-Min Feed Additive

Test Results of Diets Supplemented with Natural Zeolites

  • Improved feed intake
  • Improved feed efficiency
  • Reduced diarrhea
  • Reduced soft feces

Calves—Scours

Bartko, et al. reported that natural zeolites reduced the incidence and severity of diarrhea in calves. The control groups had an incidence of diarrhea of 68.7% and mortality of 4.7%, while the natural zeolite groups had 18.0% and 1.3% respectively.

(Bartko, P., Seidel, H. and Kovac, G. (1995) Natural Zeolites ‘93 Occurrence, Properties, Use. D. W. Ming and F. A. Mumpton, eds., International Committee on Natural Zeolites, Brockport, New York.)


Occurrence of Diarrhea and Soft Feces among Calves on
Diets Supplemented with 5% Clinoptilolite

  Farm

Natural Zeolites
Control
No. of
calves
Deaths
Diarrhea
No. of
calves
 
Deaths
Diarrhea
No.
(%)
No.
(%)
No.
(%)
No.
(%)

1
737
11
1.5
182
24.7
729
37
5.1
679
93.1

2
84
0
0.0
7
8.3
87
2
2.3
35
40.2

3
347
3
0.9
132
38.0
286
9
3.1
157
54.9

4
627

7
1.1
20
3.2
493
24
4.9
120
24.3

5
428
8
1.9
59
13.8
464
26
5.6
423
91.2

Total
2,223
29
1.3
341
18.0
2,059
98
4.7
1,414
68.7
- © ZEO, Inc. Swine Research Trial with Zar-Min Feed Additive

Test Results of Diets Supplemented with Natural Zeolites

  • Reduced deaths by 3.4%
  • Reduced diarrhea by 50.7%