Originally Posted by Chris09
I wouldn't bet the farm on it, I have seen on more that one occasion where livestock had a overabundance of Cocci in there body even after being on ACV.
IMO, ACV and DE are much the same in that people claim they 'cure' a lot but in reality they 'cure' very little.
I think I'll stick with products that have the facts to back them up.
I wouldn't say ACV doesn't have side effects because ACV does in fact have some side effects, in humans and some animals there have been cases where the ACV has damaged the enamel of teeth, had effects on the throat lining, affected how some prescription drugs work in the body, ACV lowers potassium, etc.
ACV isn't a total fix nor is it a magic wand. If livestock have an overabundance of cocci in their body, they are being mismanaged in more ways than one and ACV isn't going to "fix" all the things wrong with a husbandry paradigm. ACV doesn't cure anything...it is a preventative, not a cure. People looking for cures have already went past the stage of preventative and are now into fixing their mistakes. ACV won't fix your mistakes, for sure.
What ACV CAN do is help you start out properly and it can get you back to a good point, but only if you combine it with healthy animal husbandry practices....if one is overstocking, has a feedlot environment for their animals, feeding primarily grains to ruminants instead of giving them a grass diet, keeping animals in crowded, poorly ventilated areas, wet bedding or swabbing down the whole environment with antimicrobial disinfectants to correct all their myriad mistakes....then ACV will be like throwing a cup of water on a forest fire.
What I see from people who poo-poo preventative, natural care of animals is a basic insecurity of their husbandry skills, so they depend on only scientifically proven "fixes" for their husbandry needs. Medicated feeds, antibiotics as the first resort, etc.
I don't really care for the arrogance and rudeness of Joel Salatin, but his basic husbandry advice is spot on...if you are medicating livestock, you are using a crutch to keep your animals alive. Basic preventative husbandry is so much easier, cheaper, better for your animals and, in the long run, will keep you and your family healthier as you are the ones eating the product and working in that environment.
The "side effects" listed of ACV happen when people are ingesting large amounts of straight vinegar...and no one is advocating that here. And I really don't believe one could MAKE an animal drink large amounts of straight vinegar, so the claims here are a little slanted for effect.
Everyone is free to manage their animals as they will but no one here is saying nor has ever said that ACV is a cure for anything..anything at all.