Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition announced DCAD Plus Feed Grade Potassium Carbonate has 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. DCAD Plus is specifically formulated for use in lactating dairy cattle rations to provide a high-quality potassium source and boost ration dietary cation-anion difference (DCAD) levels.
“As the organic market continues to grow and evolve, Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition is proud to provide organic dairy producers with another nutritional tool to keep their herds healthy and performing to their potential,” says Curt Siverling, vice president, Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition. “Because of the unique set of challenges organic dairies face, DCAD Plus can help meet cows’ nutritional needs while still meeting the organic production regulations.”
To be placed on OMRI’s Product List, DCAD Plus had to meet requirements based on the USDA National Organic Program Rule. Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition can now place the OMRI-listed seal on DCAD Plus product bags, labels and marketing materials.
DCAD Plus is a high-quality, specially-formulated feed grade potassium carbonate source. Research proves fresh cows fed DCAD Plus produced 8.32 more pounds of fat-corrected milk and 0.43 more pounds of butterfat per cow per day (White, et al, 2008). Additional research verifies its effectiveness in reducing the negative effects of heat stress by providing high levels of quality potassium, the macromineral responsible for thermoregulation in the dairy cow (Hu, et al, 2007).
DCAD Plus is listed as a restricted product (allowed with restrictions). It 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 DCAD Plus with their certifying agent before including it in their rations.
DCAD Plus can be purchased by calling (800) 526-3563 or through a distributor handling Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition products. For a complete list of OMRI products, visit www.OMRI.org.
For more information on how to formulate rations with DCAD Plus or to get answers to questions about compliance on organic dairies, please contact your Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition Representative or visit AHDairy.com.
Source: Arm & Hammer news release