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Protect Your Show Animals from Harmful Barn Odors

Show animals need more than just high-quality feed and supplements to standout in the ring. They need fresh air too! Have you ever stepped inside your barn and the smell hurt your lungs or made your eyes water? That odor you smell in your barn is actually ammonia gas made from animal waste. Even at low levels, ammonia can cause animals to start coughing or wheezing and irritate their eyes, mouth and nose – just like it does to you – and can damage their wellbeing, appearance and feed intake.

Protect Your Show Animals from Harmful Barn Odors

In order to maintain tip-top animal care, it is important to reduce ammonia odors. Ammonia is noxious gas that is produced from livestock feces and urine that can pose health problems to livestock and humans. Poor air quality can result in increased eye irritation, respiratory inflammation, and coughing.

A drying agent like Ralco Show’s Essential Dry™ is used to aid in neutralizing ammonia odor and enhance overall air quality to keep all livestock comfortable. Whether it’s in your barn at home, in the pens at a show, or even in the trailer, Essential Dry helps prevent:

  • Harmful ammonia odor

  • Animal discomfort causing coughing, weepy eyes and reduced feed intake

  • Damp living environments

  • Low air quality

  • Poor ventilation issues

Research conducted using Essential Dry in a show barn environment, with solid concrete floors and pine shavings showed approximately 50% reduction in the air ammonia levels.

Protect Your Show Animals from Harmful Barn Odors

Show families that use Essential Dry often notice:

  • Dramatic odor reduction

  • Improved air quality

  • Increased bedding life

  • Comfortable and healthy livestock

These improvements are achieved because of key ingredients in Essential Dry:

  • Yucca Schidigera: Reduces ammonia odors and improves overall air quality.

  • Essential Oils: Contains natural properties to help reduce smell and lengthen bedding life.

Essential Dry is safe to use in living environments of swine, cattle, sheep, goats, poultry and equine. It can be added to the flooring before bedding is placed and/or added on top of damp spots on the bedding. We typically apply 1 to 2 lbs. in a 12’ x 12’ area. The application amount can easily be adjusted to accommodate the size of the pen.

From the odors of the environment to the quality of the bedding, Essential Dry will leave your barn looking and smelling fresh. Keep your livestock in top shape so they are ready to perform when hauled to a show.

For more information, contact the Ralco Show team at 1-800-533-5306 or

Essential Dry can be purchased from Ralco Show, your local Ralco Show dealer, Amazon or Chewy.


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