A study of Alkaline Water used on Dairy Farms in Japan.
Water is an important but often overlooked nutrient for cows. After the Japanese people were introduced to alkaline water and witnessed the positive health benefits and results were acquired through human consumption, the water was then introduced into dairy farms. Alkaline water was used in place of tap water as the sole source of water for dairy cows.
Twenty seven dairy farms took part in the clinical study and a report from a group of veterinarians is included. The source of each descriptive benefit is identified at the introduction of the report.
Overall observations of Dairy Cows from the report:
- Enhanced milk production by 18% – 28%.
- Significant improvement in the quality of milk.
- Strong faeces and urine odours were eliminated.
- Healthier skin condition.
- Decreased injury to the udder.
- Reduced diarrhoea
- Strengthening of the legs by 26 % increased bone density.
- Improved appetite.
- Able to decrease mineral supplements routinely supplemented to the diet
- As a result of improved health together with denser bone, the productive life of the cows was extended.
- Greater fertility rate and reduced stillbirths.
- A noticeably increased appetite; no new supplements were added to their diet.
- Increase in appetite noted in older cows as well.
- Food well digested.
- A beautiful sheen on the cow’s hair.
- Higher fertility rate; higher pregnancy rate.
- New-born calves fed with alkaline water matured quicker.
- A dramatic increase in milk production.
- Improved liver condition.
- Strengthened legs.
- Minimising of sicknesses; tremendously improved health condition. There were fewer visits by vets.
- No adverse conditions noted from consumption of alkaline water.
The following are individual findings noted by each Japanese dairy farmer who replaced tap water with alkaline water:
Dairy Farm: Kasahara Ranch
Location: Nomura, Hokkaido. Spokesperson: Mr. G. Kasahara
- The milk output increased from 7,000kg to 8,900kg, an increase of 27%.
- The use of the alkali water instilled a preventive approach to the overall health condition of the dairy cow in lieu of reactive medical means. The overall health condition of the herd improved dramatically.
Dairy Farm: Shikawa Ranch
Location: Momembetsu, Hokkaido. Spokesperson: Mr. T. Shikawa
- There was a noticeable improvement in the quality of the milk.
- Despite the high temperature during the summer months, milk output had increased dramatically. During the previous summer months, milk output had declined.
Dairy Farm: Sudo Ranch
Location: Munetani, Hokkaido. Spokesperson: Mr. M. Sudo
NOTE: Unlike other dairy farms, this farmer had discontinued the use of alkali water to measure the effects of returning to normal tap water. The following were the effects noted:
- The strong odours of the excrement returned after a period of time; (the foul odour had been eliminated through the consumption of alkali water.
- The sheen that was once present on the cows had disappeared and the hair returned to a lacklustre condition.
- The frequency of diarrhoea had increased.
- Weakness was noticed in the cow’s legs as opposed to the strengthening of the cow’s legs during the use of alkali water.
Dairy Farm: Takahashi Ranch
Location: Notsuke, Hokkaido. Spokesperson: Mr. Takahashi.
- The sickness rate was considerably reduced.
Dairy Farm: Hamanasu Ranch
Location: Mombetsu, Hokkaido. Spokesperson: Mr. S. Nakagawa.
- The colouring of the udder became extremely healthy.
- Due to the alkali consumption and its natural healing ability, the amount of injury to the udder had diminished.
- The milk output has increased by 800 kg per cow. (NOTE: since there was no “before and after” numbers provided, the percentage increase could not be determined.)
Dairy Farm: Karita Ranch
Location: Notsuke, Hokkaido. Spokesperson: Mr. H. Karita
- The results were excellent in every manner. Milk production was considerably higher, the sickness rate was down, problems associated with diarrhoea were minimized, the foul odour from the excrement was gone, the cow’s appetite was up, the sheen on the cow’s hair was considerably higher and the overall quality of the milk was up.
Dairy Farm: Sunnydale Ranch
Location: Hyotsu, Hokkaido. Spokesperson: Mr. M. Danshora
- In prior years, in an effort to increase milk production, increased feed was given to cows. With the use of alkali water, the need for increased feed was minimized.
- Despite the pregnancy of the cow, the amount of milk production has not decreased. In prior pregnancies, the amount of milk production had decreased. This was noted in 9 out of 10 cows.
- The improved health condition of the cows along with the stronger legs has reduced the turnover of cows. This has considerably improved the productive life span of each cow.
Dairy Farm: No Name Given
Location: Mombetsu, Hokkaido. Spokesperson: Mr. T. Yamaguchi
- The overall skin condition of each cow had improved dramatically.
- The foul odours associated with excrements and urine were eliminated with the consumption of alkali water.
- The farm was able to reduce the amount of mineral supplements that were being added to the diet on account of the alkali water.
- The newly born calves experienced no diarrhoea.
Dairy Farm: Koizumi Ranch
Location: Kamikawa, Hokkaido. Spokesperson: Mr. T. Koizumi
- The recovery period for cows giving birth had improved noticeably with the consumption of alkali water.
- The cows have experienced increased appetite.
- Despite the higher temperature during the summer months, the milk output had increased dramatically.
- The consumption of alkali water had stabilized the pH factor for each cow
Dairy Farm: Honami MBB Ranch
Location: Joro, Hokkaido. Spokesperson: Mr. Y. Takigawa
- There was a remarkable improvement in the quality of milk.
- The cows increased their water intake, which resulted in increased milk production
- The cows experienced reduced diarrhoea.
- There was a remarkable improvement in the hair and skin texture of every cow.
Dairy Farm:Aneshi Ranch
Location: Esachi, Hokkaido. Spokesperson: Mr. K. Aneshi
- Due to the consumption of alkali water and the improved immunity levels, there were fewer injuries to the cow’s udder during the milking process.
- The milk output had increased from 282 tons to 360 tons or a 28% increase.
- It was a financially and economically wise decision to use electrolysis alkali water.
Dairy Farm: Royal Farm
Location: Kamikawa, Hokkaido. Spokesperson: Mr. T. Sawamoto
- The milk output had increased from a range of 7,000 to 7,300 kg to a higher output of 9,000 kg or a 28% increase.
- Due to the unstable water condition, the farm had gone to electrolysis water. This decision ended up being a financially wise decision.
Dairy Farm: Nogyo Kyosai Dairy Association
Location: Kushiro, Hokkaido. Spokesperson: Mr. M. Sugiyama
- The use of alkali water has considerably reduced the number of sick cows and dramatically improved the overall health condition.
- The farm has not measured all the positive effects brought about by the alkali water but on the other hand have not experienced any negative effects.
- One noticeable difference was their improved digestion.
Dairy Farm: Okura Ranch
Location: Asahi-kawa, Hokkaido. Spokesperson: Mr. Y. Okura
- The alkali water has produced healthier cows. There were no changes to the diet or the environment but the cows became healthier.
- Increased their monthly sales by $20,000.00 through increased milk output. (NOTE: There were no other comparative numbers provided to determine the actual increase in productivity levels.)
Dairy Farm: Aikawa Ranch
Location: Akan, Hokkaido. Spokesperson: Mr. M. Aikawa
- The odours that are normally present in the urine and excrements were dramatically reduced.
- The birth rate was considerably increased by the increase in fertility rate and the minimizing of stillborn calves.
- There was a dramatic increase in milk production.
- This farm is utilized as a model ranch in the use of alkali water.
Dairy Farm: Mitani Ranch
Location: Yubari, Hokkaido. Spokesperson: Mr. K. Mitani
- Experienced 100% fertility and birth rates through artificial insemination.
Dairy Farm: Ueda Ranch
Location: Akan, Hokkaido. Spokesperson: Mr. T. Ueda
- The fortified calcium through the electrolysis water has strengthened the legs of the cows.
- Due to the dramatically improved health conditions, the quality of the milk has improved.
- In the long run, the use of alkali water is a totally economical approach to the dairy industry.
Dairy Farm: Yamatani Ranch
Location: Kamikawa, Hokkaido. Spokesperson: Mr. M. Yamatani
- The quality and quantity of the milk has improved considerably.
- Considerably minimized the sickness rate of each cow.
- Minimized diarrhoea conditions.
- An overall improvement was noted in every aspect of the dairy cow equating to better economic conditions.
Dairy Farm: Yamamoto Ranch
Location: Amashio, Hokkaido. Spokesperson: Mr. Yamatani
- The milk output had increased from 317 tons to 393 tons or an increase of 24.0%
- The cow became fertile with one month of giving birth.
- There was a substantial reduction in the number of veterinary visits.
- There was a noticeable increase in their appetites.
Dairy Farm: Saida Ranch
Location: Shirahata, Hokkaido. Spokesperson: Mr. K. Saida
- The milk output had increased from 8,641 kg to 10,177kg, an increase of 17.8%
Dairy Farm: Fukagawa Ranch
Location: Joro, Hokkaido. Spokesperson: Mr. E. Fukagawa
- There was a substantial reduction to the number of veterinary visits.
- Reduced the swelling rate of the cow’s legs.
- Reduced the rate of external wounds caused by suction cups.
A study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
Report: “Increasing Dairy Milk Production With Electrolysed Drinking Water” – from Medical News Today – 19 Mar 2008
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. (OTC Bulletin Board: EAUI), a leading provider of Electrolysed Water for high- volume, business-to-business applications, for the controlled study.
Dairy cows from Penn Vet’s New Bolton Centre campus were divided into two groups. One group’s drinking water was electrolysed, 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.
“The electrolysis process improves the antioxidant and pH balance of the drinking water. The blood samples analysed from the two groups indicates that the cows drinking the electrolysed water showed differences in acid-base balance. We suspect that cows drinking the electrolysed 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 Centre.
“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 electrolysed 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 electrolysed water 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.