In the course of marketing our Fossil Shell Flour as an anti-caking agent, we have been astonished by the benefits claimed by long-term users. They are as follows:
Completely safe and nontoxic*
Stimulates basic metabolism
High silica content, one of the most important minerals required in feeds
Converts feed better
Reduces odour and moisture in barns and stalls
Results in better coat and/or hoof condition
Reduces annual vet bills
Help to improve overall health & reduce stress
All diatomaceous earth is not the same.
Diatomaceous earth packaged under our Fossil Shell Flour (FSF) label comes from an extremely pure fresh water deposit of the diatom Melosira Preicelanica. Why is this diatom so special? Its shell is made of amorphous silica. Its shape and hardness are important to how it works. Its hardness keeps it from dissolving in liquid. The holes along the diatom’s wall allow it to absorb moisture.
Why fresh water vs. salt water DE?
Fresh water deposits like Perma-Guards have a consistent diatom presence. Their fossilized shells have maintained their tubular shape. This shape and strength of the fossil shell is critical to its effectiveness. The Perma-Guard deposit has 89 – 95 percent amorphous silica content. The deposit is more consistent in purity of other elements that have settled in it. Salt water deposits contain a mix of types of diatoms of different shapes. Their fossilized shells are fragile and break easily. This renders them ineffective for our purposes. The salt water deposits are less predictable in their sediments.
What’s the difference between amorphous and crystalline silica?
Amorphous silica is silica in its natural occurring state. It is a trace mineral every mammal on the planet needs to gain full health. It becomes crystalline when it is exposed to extreme heat through volcanic activity or commercial manufacturing means, e.g. the type of diatomaceous earth used in swimming pool, and other, filtration systems is crystalline silica. Crystalline silica is extremely dangerous when inhaled or ingested. It is not biodegradable.
Suggested feeding instructions:
Add 1-2% of the weight of the feed rations. It doesn’t have to be exact. More will not be harmful, but less may not give you the results expected.