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Getting the most out of Probiotics

Friday, April 13, 2018
Stress can be induced by transportation, change of environment (eg. agricultural shows), weaning, worming castration, dehorning and temperature extremes which can disrupt the normal intestinal balance. This can to lead to loss of appetite/picking eating, loose stools or scouring and changes in temperament.

TIP: Prevention is better than the cure... International Animal Health has a range of beneficial gut products that include Protexin (Multi-Strain Probiotic), D-Scour (Non-Antibiotic treatment for scours) and Pro(N8)ure (Dual-Strain Probiotic, a Prebiotic and a Multi-Strain enzyme)

Success with Probiotics…
Justin Richards of Pentire Angus has been using Protexin and D-Scour on his cattle for several years.

In 2017 Justin introduced Pro(N8)ure to his steer feed ration in preparation for the Sydney Royal Easter Show, exhibiting 4 steers with 3 carcases being awarded; a bronze medal and 1x carcase a silver with 90 points. In 2018 Justin exhibited 2 steers, 1 achieving a bronze medal and the other a silver medal and 1st place in the Virtual Taste Test. Overall Justin’s 6 carcases averaged 86 points!

Stress in cattle pre-slaughter can greatly affect the pH of a carcass... The acceptable carcase pH for Meat Standards Australia (MSA) is less than 5.71. Eating quality is reduced above 5.70 and can result in dark cutting. In 2017 5% of purebred carcases at the Sydney Royal Easter Show had a pH greater than 5.70.
All 6 of the Pentire Angus steers had a pH below 5.70!

In relation to the inclusion of Pro(N8)ure in the steer ration, Justin said “there was no issues with appetite, gut issues, weight loss or any other obvious signs of stress at the show.”

In 2018 8% of purebred carcases and 12.5% of trade steer carcases at the Sydney Royal Easter Show had a pH greater than 5.70.

Kind regards,
Chris Lawlor.

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