About Agspand’s Feedchar™
How Agspand’s Feedchar™ might assist animals
At certain times of the year, particularly spring, autumn and winter, elevated nitrate and carbohydrate levels and endophytes or fungi containing mycotoxins commonly appear on and in grasses. These can also linger for a number of years in hay and grain-based feeds harvested off high-nitrate and high-endophyte plants.
Mycotoxins are compounds in the fungi that interfere with an animal’s digestive wellbeing and condition. They can affect an animal’s nervous system and make them agitated, flighty, and sensitive around the abdomen. In severe cases, mycotoxicity can contribute towards laminitis, skin itch and allergies, weight loss, scours and reproductive disorders.
Ruminant animals such as cattle and sheep experiencing plant toxicity show signs of ill-thrift and scouring. This affects their weight gain and creates stress for the animals, with the possible knock-on effects of dark-cutting meat and poor growth rates.
Mycotoxins are found in endophytic fungi, which live in the plants, as well as saprophytic fungi, living on the plants. Endophytes are a plant’s means of self-protection against insect attack or animal overgrazing. Concentrations of endophytic fungi appear on the head of the plant when it is stressed from lack of moisture, or when the soil nitrogen is high.
Endophytes typically occur in phalaris, tall fescue grasses and perennial ryegrass. The shoots and flowers of endophyte-affected ryegrass in particular contain high levels of the Lolitrem B mycotoxin. Horse paddocks can be covered in these plants because often they have been overgrazed for years and receive little attention. In their battle for survival the remaining plants’ defence is to contain high levels of endophytes at the base-sheath of the plant in its new stages of growth (early spring and autumn), and also on the seed-heads in summer.
When added as a feed supplement, Agspand’s Feedchar™ might assist animals with plant toxins and pathogens. Animals may show less physical discomfort and stress from plant toxicity. Testimonials from clients describe how Agspand’s Feedchar has supported their animals’ gut health, behaviour, body condition and immunity over the long term.
Feedchar is mostly Australian-made, feed-quality plant charcoal with a percentage of mined clay, which contains a range of safe trace elements in small amounts such as magnesium, calcium, silicon, potassium, and sodium. Both charcoal and clay are natural and organic gut balancers and toxin binders that animals source for themselves in the wild to assist with acidosis (low pH) and plant-toxin effects. The elemental breakdowns of charcoal and clay are freely available online.
Agspand’s Feedchar is a Certified Allowed Input for Organic Farming in Australia, number SXC 19091.
Recommendations on Agspand’s Feedchar™
Small amounts of Agspand’s Feedchar™ may be mixed in with animals’ normal feed. Some suggested daily maintenance doses are described below.
Otherwise, many animals will eat some Feedchar as a loose lick when left in a separate container near where they normally eat or drink. Allow for rainwater to drain from the container if it is left outside. Suggest raising the container off the ground to deter animals from standing in it.
If you have any further queries please feel free to contact your local store/agent, or Agspand’s Feedchar consultants on 03 6333 1132.
DO NOT FEED this supplement to animals experiencing constipation. Veterinary medication – ask your vet, who may agree to supply in an alternate feed-time to vet meds. When worming, withhold the day before, the day of worming, and the day after worming (i.e. cease supplementation for three days).
Daily maintenance doses:
Mix 1 to 2 scoops (15–30 mL) of Agspand’s Feedchar™ with feed per day. This daily amount equates to around 1 litre per horse per month. Once started, continue for at least a month, then maintain onwards. Feedchar may be used with vitamins and more minerals, and may be fed continuously to support long-term gut health and immunity across all seasonal variations. Suggest to Double Feedchar daily maintenance dose (i.e. add more) while signs of toxin effects are obvious. Consult your vet if problems persist.
PONIES and FOALS
Mix up to 1 scoop (15 mL) of Agspand’s Feedchar™ with feed per day.
Mix 5 mL to 15 mL (1–3 tsp.) of Agspand’s Feedchar™ with feed per day.
CATTLE, SHEEP, GOATS, PIGS, ALPACAS, CHICKENS, etc.
For a small-to-medium herd/flock in a shared area of up to 40 animals, simply spread 1 to 10 litres of Agspand’s Feedchar™ in a closed-ended plastic trough or container. Like horses, these animals too will nibble, peck or lick the Feedchar as they need it.
DOGS, CATS and PETS
Shake 3 mL or half a FLAT teaspoon of Agspand’s Feedchar™ through 1 kilogram dry biscuits/kibbles/feed, to coat evenly over the feed. Or a very tiny sprinkle across their dinner, every day, or second day.
Continuous benefits of Agspand’s Feedchar™ in agriculture
There is a positive flow-on effect to using Agspand’s Feedchar™ for regenerative carbon-farming purposes.
Once excreted and in contact with soil, the animals’ manure containing Agspand’s Feedchar mineral–charcoal/high-quality biochar (i.e. stabilised carbon) and other nutrients and carbohydrates (i.e. soluble carbon) is buried by dung beetles and worms, who act as natural soil-carbon sequestration armies!
The soluble carbon in the manure provides food for bacteria, fungi and microfauna to live in the soil, while the stabilised carbon/charcoal/biochar lasts for decades, stimulating electrical activity as well as attracting and holding water plus trace elements in the soil, thereby helping to make these important ingredients available to plant roots.
Contact us for consulting advice on using Agspand’s Feedchar™ – “a triple carbon farming process” for animals, air and soils.
Agspand’s FEEDCHAR is a 100% Australian Allowed Input for organic farming in Australia, certification number SXC 19091.