A paper titled "Direct fed microbial supplementation on ruminal digestion, health, and performance of pre- and postpartum dairy cattle" was published in the Journal of Dairy Science, Vol. 89, No.1, 2006. Authored by Dr. Jim Nocek, partner and owner of Spruce Haven Research Center and technical consultant for Chr. Hansen, the paper is the third refereed Journal of Dairy Science article on Chr. Hansen's Probios® TC.
The paper presents trial data on the effect of feeding transition cows Probios TC, a direct fed microbial (DFM) that contains a specific combination of two Enterococcus strains selected to manage rumen acid load.
Cows supplemented with the DFM had higher ruminal dry matter digestion of both corn silage and haylage than control cows. Supplemented cows consumed more dry matter during both the pre- and postpartum periods, and produced significantly (P < 0.01) more milk than non-supplemented cows.
In other controlled studies on Probios TC, the DFM increased NADIR ruminal pH, mean rumen pH, and mean low daily pH, as well as prepartum and postpartum intake of high-producing dairy cows.
Chr. Hansen designed Probios TC especially for the critical transition period. The organisms in the DFM produce a tonic level of lactic acid, which stabilizes the microflora in the rumen and stimulates dry matter intake. For more information on Probios TC, contact Chr. Hansen at 800-558-0802
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