Two rumen buffers manufactured by Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition — Arm & Hammer Feed Grade Sodium Bicarbonate and SQ-810 Natural Sodium Sesquicarbonate — have been listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) for use in organic production. OMRI is an independent agency that reviews and evaluates products for use under the USDA’s National Organic Program Rule in organic production and processing. ARM & HAMMER Rumen Buffers now join DCAD Plus Feed Grade Potassium Carbonate as OMRI listed ingredients offered by Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition.
Today’s high-energy ration formulations often limit animals from generating enough natural buffer — saliva — by chewing cud, causing excess acid to build up in the rumen. The buffering capabilities of sodium bicarbonate help stabilize rumen acids, increasing feed intake and improving rumen performance.
SQ-810 provides all the buffering capabilities of sodium bicarbonate in a more soluble formula. It also includes calcium and magnesium carbonate to assist in balancing rations for proper mineral levels.
To be placed on OMRI’s Product List, ARM & HAMMER Sodium Bicarbonate and SQ-810 had to meet requirements based on the USDA National Organic Program Rule. Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition can now place the OMRI-listed seal on the rumen buffer product bags, labels and marketing materials.
ARM & HAMMER Sodium Bicarbonate and SQ-810 are listed as restricted products (allowed with restrictions). Both buffers can be used as a feed additive and supplement, but may not be fed above the levels needed for adequate nutrition and health maintenance or be used to stimulate growth or production. Organic producers should verify the compliance of these rumen buffers with their certifying agent before including it in their rations.
ARM & HAMMER Sodium Bicarbonate and SQ 810 can be purchased by calling 1-800-526-3563 or through a distributor handling Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition products. For a complete list of OMRI-listed products, click here.