Many different approaches are being used to increase milk production of dairy cows. A study recently completed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) indicates that improving drinking water through a technology created by EAU Technologies, has the potential to produce the desired results.
Penn Vet worked with EAU Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of Electrolyzed Water - EMPOWERED WATER(TM) - for high-volume, business-to-business applications, for the controlled study. Dairy cows from Penn Vet's New Bolton Center campus were divided into two groups.
One group's drinking water was electrolyzed, alkaline water and the control group was given regular well water. At the end of the 12-week test period, the Holstein cows showed an increase in milk production and an increase in milk fat content as well as a reduction in milk urea nitrogen (MUN).
"The electrolysis process improves the antioxidant and pH balance of the drinking water. The blood samples analyzed from the two groups indicates that the cows drinking the electrolyzed water showed differences in acid-base balance. We suspect that cows drinking the electrolyzed water had an increase in rumen activity and effectiveness; which in turn may explain the marked increased in milk butterfat," explained Dr. James Ferguson, Chief of Animal Production Systems, Department of Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center. "At the same time, the study indicated an increase in milk production for early lactating cows. The cows in the treated water group also drank more water and consumed about the same amount of feed. Bacterial Coliform levels within the EAU troughs also were significantly reduced."
The study is one of several EAU is conducting in a range of 30 to 3,000 herd dairies to measure the effectiveness of Empowered Water for milk production. As part of the Penn Vet study, in addition to the pH increase, EAU also developed a proprietary method of creating and controlling the level of measurable antioxidants in the water to better match the antioxidant conditions of a healthy cow's primary digestive system. And the EAU water also cleans the drinking water. Water samples collected from the troughs over the course of the study showed the EAU treated water was consistently negative for coliform organisms such as E. coli and other bacteria. Blood chemistry tests conducted also showed that blood urea nitrogen, creatinine, magnesium and chloride levels were lower in treated cows than those part of the control group.
"We know there are many factors that influence milk output and quality. By conducting tests in a variety of dairy settings, we believe we are gaining invaluable experience, application knowledge and acquiring accurate data to show that our Empowered Water(TM) can be an effective, natural solution, capable of impacting positive returns on milk and butterfat production. And, most importantly, benefit the overall health of the cow," added Wade Bradley, President and CEO of EAU Technologies. "This model directly mirrors EAU's business focus on providing our target industries, with high volume, robust and environmentally sound solutions."
The Penn Vet study is the first of the trial studies to be completed. Results will be published later this year. The remainder of the studies is expected to conclude over the next several months.
EAU Technologies, Inc. (EAU) is a supplier of Electrolyzed Water Technology (EW Technology marketed as Empowered Water(TM)) and other complementary technologies with applications in diverse industries. EAU's water-based and non-toxic solutions (at application concentration, the solutions are non-toxic to humans and live animals) may replace many of the traditional methods now used to clean, disinfect and nourish in large industries such as agriculture and food processing. EAU has solutions for existing bacteria, virus and mold proliferation threats. EAU continues to add innovative and efficacious products that offer a systemic approach to pathogen elimination in food processing plants and related industries, thereby producing safer foods while protecting the environment through "Green Technology." EAU has developed patent pending systems that are being used on dairies to process drinking water for dairy herds. Studies and trials are showing promising results at improving animal digestion which shows signs of improved animal health and production. EAU uses terms like "green", "natural", "non-toxic" and "organic" based on our NAMSA studies that show no toxicity or cytotoxicity at levels as high as 70 ppm of HOCl. EAU uses only water, food grade electrolytes and electricity to create all of its solutions. The active ingredients in the solutions EAU creates through electrolysis are GRAS (generally regarded as safe) approved.
About The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine:
Penn's School of Veterinary Medicine is one of the world's premier veterinary schools. Founded in 1884, the School was built on the concept of Many Species, One Medicine(TM). The birthplace of veterinary specialties, the School serves a distinctly diverse array of animal patients, from pets to horses to farm animals at our two campuses. In Philadelphia, on Penn's campus, are the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital for companion animals, as well as classrooms, laboratories and the School's administrative offices. The large- animal facility, New Bolton Center, in Kennett Square, Pa., encompasses hospital facilities for the care of horses and food animals as well as diagnostic laboratories serving the agriculture industry. The School has successfully integrated scholarship and scientific discovery with all aspects of veterinary medical education.