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Feed in the belly means weight on the cattle

If they don’t eat, they won’t gain. If they don’t eat, their health status can be compromised. In short, if they don’t eat, nothing good happens.

“When it comes to increasing cattle productivity, half the battle is getting cattle to belly up to the feed bunk and eat,” says Angel Aguilar, PhD, Dipl. ACAN, technical services manager, Lallemand Animal Nutrition.

“Feeding behavior can be influenced by several factors,” Dr. Aguilar notes. “To get cattle coming back to the bunk, it’s important to have a palatable and aerobically stable ration that contains high quality ensiled ingredients. It’s just as important to know the animal’s digestive system is optimized to make the best use of the ration.”

New research shows ADYs encourage cattle to eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day for both dairy and beef cattle.1,2 “Research data shows S. cerevisiae CNCM I-1077 helps stabilize the ruminal pH and fermentation,” Dr. Aguilar says. “In turn, more consistent fermentation patterns can help reduce an animal’s risk of developing Sub Acute Ruminal Acidosis (SARA). When SARA occurs, the rumen isn’t able to make the best use of any ration.”

A study in beef cattle showed that adding a different strain of ADY, Saccharomyces cerevisiae boulardii CNCM I-1079, to the ration improved meal patterns in newly weaned heifers. The heifers supplemented with the ADY probiotic consumed 15% more meals that were 14% shorter in length and 14% smaller in size compared to non-supplemented control cattle.2

This particular strain of ADY probiotic is active in the lower gut and can help tip the balance in favor of beneficial microbes. In turn, this helps reduce the effects of stress, Dr. Aguilar explains. Getting cattle that are recently weaned or shipped, for example, to the feed bunk can help avoid lost gain. Cattle that eat better through stressful periods can avoid compounding illnesses that may lead to bovine respiratory disease complex (BRDC).

“Probiotics can have a strong effect on the natural microbes within the ruminant digestive system,” Dr. Aguilar says. “For producers, this is the cornerstone of efficiency and productivity.”

1 DeVries TJ and Chevaux E. Modification of the feeding behavior of dairy cows through live yeast supplementation. J. Dairy Sci. 2014;97:6499-6510.

2 Jenks ML, et al. Effects of Saccharomyces cerevisiae boulardii supplementation during the receiving period on growth efficiency, and behavioral and health responses in newly weaned beef heifers. Plains Nutrition Council Spring Conference. April 16-17, 2015. San Antonio, Texas.


Material on BEEF Briefing Room comes directly from company news releases. Source: Lallemand Animal Nutrition