Calcium Formate, Ca(HCOO)2, formula weight 130.0, is a kind of white or yellow powder or crystal, non-poisonous,taste bitter, it’s insoluble in alcohol and can be dissolved in water, The aqueous solution is neutral. The solubility of calcium formate doesn’t change a lot with temperature variation, 16g/100g water under 0℃，18.4g/100g water under 100℃，pyrolysis under 400℃。
Calcium formate is a new kind of feed additive in domestic and international with extensive use. Calcium formate can not only be used as acid agent instead of citric acid and fumaric acid, but also as preservative and anti-mildew agent instead of calcium propionate. It is suitable for all kinds of animal feed with the function of preventing diarrhea, dysentery and Helping digestion and absorption, especially for piglets. Add 1% ~ 15% of calcium formate to piglets diets can prevent diarrhea, increase feed conversion rate by 7% to 10%, feed consumption decreased by 3.8%, piglets can gain weight 9%-13% by day.
By biochemical effect in animals, calcium formate can free out little formic acid, lower the pH in the gastrointestinal tract to prevent the growth and reproduction of pathogenic bacteria. At the same time, it can still be beneficial to the growth of acidophilic fermentation microorganisms in order to cover the intestinal mucosa and prevent toxin invasion, the dissociated formic acid can also make chelation together with minerals in fodder and promote the absorption of minerals, it can also play a role in activating pepsin thus to improve the absorption of active ingredient.
Calcium formate is widely used in food, chemical, building materials, leather, petroleum and other industries except the large applications in fodder. Adding to cement can accelerate the hardening speed of cement and shorten the setting time. Calcium formate can also be used as an oral agent to treat calcium deficiency in the human body. Most of the calcium supplements are made from it in the market. Calcium formate is also an ideal crop growth regulator, which can increase crop yield by about 10%. Due to the excellent performance and low price of calcium formate, the market is good at home and abroad, and the sales prospect is wide.