Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has been used for centuries by humans for a host of benefits. Its also been given to livestock for a myriad of benefits. ACV is chalked full of vitamins, minerals and enzymes that are passed on to your beef and dairy cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and more!
Campbell's Daily Apple ACV is raw, unprocessed and unfiltered which leaves the "mother" in it. What is mother? Mother is the thicker portion of ACV. In addition to the vitamins, minerals and enzymes mentioned, beneficial acetic acids and amino acids. In short, its "the good stuff!"
Interestingly, the mother is not particularly desired by many consumers because of its consistency and appearance so ACV found in stores has much of the mother filtered off. Their loss is your livestock's gain!
Acetic acid (found in ACV) is the same acid found in a cow's rumen that aids in digesting feed. The enzyme is essential in breaking down, digesting and utilizing more of her feed. This holds true especially when feed is dry. Some users have experienced significant winter feed savings from the increased digestion efficiency from ACV.
Other Benefits Experienced:
Improved disease resistance
Excellent source of potassium
"the most serious result of potassium deficiency is difficult births" (a lack of blood supply to the uterus and cervix in the final stages of pregnancy). - Pat Colby
How to Use ACV:
To introduce ACV to your stock, mix two parts water to one part ACV to one part molasses. Slowly cut back on the molasses over a week and the animals will continue to consume the vinegar water. Some users utilize a "dose-a-tron" into a water tank.
ACV is completely SAFE after 2-3 days of age. More than once customer has found their stock preferring Campbell's Daily Apple ACV with heavy solids over standard filtered ACV. Once your animals get a taste for ACV, it can be fed free choice along with your mineral program.
Below is a list of resources for information and education on Apple Cider Vinegar.
Great document from Pharo Cattle - written by Will Winter DVM
Beef Producer Magazine article -
Lost Wells Cattle Company -
Northeast Dairy Producers Alliance - written by Jerry Brunetti