an infected wound on a broodmare’s
rump. “It was two days before I got
back to check on the wound after rubbing
in coconut oil,” Emerson says.
“The infection and stink were gone.”
This success caused Emerson to apply
coconut oil to the next wound: a deep
cut located on a fi lly’s hock. “I just kept
putting coconut oil on it,” Emerson
says. “The infection decreased and the
wound healed, but proud fl esh granular
tissue really came in. So I then
applied coconut oil and puffed on
Wonder Dust wound powder. It really
reduced the proud fl esh.”
A research study published by the U.S.
National Institute of Health combined
coconut oil with silver sulphadiazine to
signifi cantly decrease burn wound contraction,
which leads to physical deformity
characterized by skin constriction.
Many veterinarians recommend applying
silver sulphadiazine cream to soft
tissue wounds in livestock.
Next, Emerson tried
coconut oil on foot rot.
“I’ve given shots and
applied iodine to cure foot
rot in my cattle,” Emerson
says. “Coconut oil is antimicrobial.
When I tried it, it seemed
to work just as good as iodine. I want
to continue testing coconut oil on
different presentations of foot rot.
Stay tuned: that one’s in progress.”
Emerson questions the norm and
wants to understand how and why
things work. He prudently balances
his love of experiments with the
fi nancial profi t of his ranch business.
The animal husbandry and farming
practices that make it from the ranch
laboratory to standard procedure on
the Emerson Ranch must rate as common
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Brad Emerson grains his Paint/Quarter
Horse cross broodmares.
Brad Emerson applies
fl y repellant to one
of the broodmares.
58 I WORKING RANCH I MARCH 2019