Does anyone know if there is a more complete explanation of this available?
Is it the mirconurtrients in the seaweed or some chemical produced by the
seaweed? Mike Miller
>From The Stockman Grassfarmer (February 2000), Vol. 57, No.2: 26
>PASTURES FERTILIZED WITH SEAWEED PRODUCE HEALTHIER LIVESTOCK AND BETTER
>STARKVILLE, Mississippi: Fertilizing pastures with seaweed extract or
>feeding cattle seaweed meal was found to have multiple benefits in research
>in three Southern states. Among these are better weight gains, improved
>carcass quality and more resistance to disease.
> The research is part of a joint program conducted by Mississippi State,
>Texas Tech. and Virginia Tech.
> The program was first begun at Virginia Tech by Vivien Allen to find ways
>to fight fungus infestation in tall fescue. Years of testing showed that a
>seaweed processed into a water-soluble form was not only fighting the
>fungus infection but giving other unexpected benefits.
> Kevin Pond, chairman of Texas Tech's Animal Science and Food Technology
>department said the overall effect on livestock eating the treated foliage
>has included animals with better weight gains, carcass quality and more
>resistance to disease.
> "We found that by applying a specific seaweed, Ascophyllum nodosum, in an
>extract to the pasture--or by directly feeding the seaweed meal to
>animals--that their immune system or their ability to fight diseases is
>enhanced." said Pond.
> "The effects of seaweed seen in the finished beef product also include a
>more desirable color, improved uniformity, decreased browning and less
>discoloration of the meat."
> At Mississippi State's Prairie Research unit, the seaweed additive in a
>powdered form is mixed with water and sprayed on the pasture at a rate of
>only three pounds per acre.
>--Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Mississippi
>Mexico, D.F. & San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas
>Tel. y FAX 525-666-73-66 (DF)
> 529-678-72-15 (Chiapas)
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