Calcium Propionate – Animal Feed Supplements

      Calcium Propionate which is a calcium salt of propionic acid formed by the reaction of Calcium Hydroxide & Propionic Acid. Calcium Propionate is used to reduce the possibility of mold & aerobic sporulating bacterial development in feeds. It maintains the nutritive value & elongates the period of feed products can be used leads in extending the shelf life of animal feed.

Calcium Propionate – volatile small, high temperature, animal adaptation and suitable for a variety of animal feed use.

Note: It is a GRAS approved food preservative. **Generally Recognized as Safe by FDA .

Calcium propionate Feed additive

Advantages of Calcium Propionate:

*Free-flowing powder, which blends easily with feeds.
*Non-toxic to animals.
*Does not have harsh odor.
*Prolongs the shelf-life of feeds.
*Prevents molds from changing the composition of feeds.
*Protects livestock and poultry from being fed poisonous molds.

Cow feed additive

Recommended Dosage of Calcium Propionate

*Recommended dose is about 110-115gm/day per animal.

*Recommended doses for the administration of Calcium Propionate in Pigs 30gm/Kg diet per day & for Ruminants 40gm/Kg diet per day.
*It can be used for the treatment of acetonaemia (Ketosis) in dairy cattle.

Calcium Propionate – Animal Feed Supplements

#Higher milk yield (peak milk and/or milk persistency).
#Increase in milk components (protein and/or fats).
#Greater dry matter intake.
#Increase calcium concentration & prevents acture hypocalcemia.
#Stimulates rumen microbial synthesis of protein and/or volatile fatty (VFA) production results in improving the animal appetite.

  • Stabilize rumen environment and pH.
  • Improve growth (gain and feed efficiency).
  • Reduce heat stress effects.
  • Increase digestion in the digestive tract.
  • Improve health (such as less ketosis, reduce acidosis, or improve immune response.
  • It acts as a useful aid in preventing milk fever in cows.


  • Calcium Propionate acts as a mold inhibitor, extend the shelf life of feed, helps inhibits aflatoxin production, helps in preventing second fermentation in silage, helps in improving deteriorated feed quality.
  • For poultry feed supplementation, the recommended doses of Calcium Propionate is from 2.0 – 8.0 gm/kg diet.
  • The amount of calcium Propionate used in livestock depends on the moisture content of the material being protected. Typical dosages range from 1.0 – 3.0 kg/ton of feed.