This study evaluated supplementing KemTRACE® Chromium at varying concentrations to feeder cattle fed a high concentrate diet throughout the entire finishing period. Supplementing chromium propionate in feedlot diets resulted in increased weight gain and skeletal muscle growth in beef feeder cattle.
A trial was conducted involving 132 crossbred steer calves to assess the effects of chromium propionate during the receiving and finishing periods. In this trial, under adverse environmental and stress conditions during the receiving and initial feeding periods, cattle responded to an increase in glucose provided by the influence of chromium propionate on cellular insulin receptors. It appears this increased glucose manifested itself in improvements in various parameters during the receiving and finishing period.
This study was initiated to gain additional insight into feeding KemTRACE® Chromium to feeder cattle typical of the U.S. commercial cattle feeding business segment. Results of this study suggest that supplementation of chromium propionate to the basal diet can have a beneficial effect on the performance and health of newly received steers.
KemTRACE® Chromium supplementation has a positive impact on the beef cattle industry. See how chromium improves insulin function and allows beef cattle to utilize energy more efficiently.
Feedlot cattle are often faced with immune challenges that demand an increase in energy efficiency in order to prevent sickness. Research has demonstrated that chromium propionate has a consistent and repeatable response in optimizing insulin sensitivity, increasing the opportunity to maximize feedlot performance and increase profits.
Animals experience frequent immune challenges, as bacterial insults can originate from many different situations. Economic consequences of sickness are due to decreased growth, inefficient feed utilization, poor reproduction and increased healthcare costs. An activated immune system requires energy in the form of glucose and the literature suggests that glucose homeostasis is disrupted during an endotoxin challenge. The increased glucose needed by the immune system occurs in addition to decreased nutrient intake and thus, reduced intestinally derived carbohydrates. Consequently, there is a negative glucose balance that likely limits the immune response and certainly limits growth. The objective of the study was to quantify the amount of glucose needed to maintain euglycemia (normal blood glucose level) during an immune challenge. Approximately 516 g of glucose was needed to maintain euglycemia in LPS-treated calves for the 12-hour period.
To combat stresses associated with feedlot situations, feedlot cattle need improved energy efficiency to stay healthy. See how KemTRACE® Chromium offers an optimal return on investment.
Learn about the benefits of chromium supplementation in beef cattle and the impact it can have on carcass performance.
The objective of this study was to evaluate feeding varying concentrations of chromium to beef cattle fed a high concentrate diet throughout the finishing phase, utilizing live animal and carcass performance. The results of this study indicate feeding 450 ppb chromium throughout the entire finishing period maximizes feedlot performance and optimizes carcass muscle accretion.
Chromium propionate is a highly bioavailable source of chromium that allows cattle to utilize energy more efficiently. The primary role of chromium is to potentiate the action of insulin; increased insulin activity promotes intracellular glucose uptake, providing more efficient energy utilization.