All healthy animals’ gastrointestinal tract has one big thing in common: balance. A harmony and equilibrium exist between the microbiota, intestinal epithelial cells which carry out the digestive and absorptive function and the immune cells which carry out disease prevention and protection. Whenever this balance is disturbed, the health and performance of the animal is affected accordingly.
Gut health is important throughout an animal’s life. But it’s particularly important early in life when gut health contributes to the development of a number of critical systems and functions including the gut itself. Poor gut health — which can be brought on by an array of microbial, social, environmental and physiological stressors — can lead to systemic health problems and reduced performance throughout an animal’s life.
In today's livestock production environment, gut health is increasingly synonymous with animal health. The Kemin Gut Health Solutions program encompasses many health priorities, such as nutrient digestion and absorption, metabolism and energy generation and more. Proper gut health promotes the absence, prevention and avoidance of disease to support maximum performance.
Newly received cattle in a feedlot setting face a host of stressors including: transportation, weaning, environmental changes, and comingling. These stressors can compromise the immune system of calves and lead to illness. As a result of the cattle feeding industry reducing their antibiotic usage, the use of direct fed microbials has become more common within commercial feedlots.
The problem is in the gut. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on interventions to manage disease in livestock. The most impactful animal diseases are often intestinal in nature. Download our one pager and learn more about how CLOSTAT® can help protect your herd.
As much as we want to keep the above pathogens at bay, exposure to harmful bacteria is inevitable. When cattle are co-mingled or exposed to a new pathogen, their risk of immune stimulation increases dramatically. Download our brochure to learn more about how CLOSTAT® can help your herd.
CLOSTAT® contains a proprietary, patented strain of Bacillus subtilis, PB6. Kemin selected PB6 – a unique, naturally-occurring probiotic – because it helps maintain the balance of microflora in the gastrointestinal tract in an array of animals, including dairy and beef cattle.
Vitamins are essential for animal growth, health, reproduction and performance. Factors such as temperature, oxygen, light and catalysts can all negatively impact vitamin stability in feed. Preservation of vitamins in the feed matrix can be accomplished through the addition of an antioxidant. For the best vitamin protection, an antioxidant system like ENDOX®, which includes a blend of oxygen and free radical scavenging antioxidants and metal chelators, should be used.
The most common reason for customers to return bagged feed is mold. Even when care is taken to ensure all ingredients are dry and only the highest quality raw materials are sourced, mold can become an issue once the feed is bagged and shipped. The three most common reasons for mold growth are heat, moisture and time — and bags are the perfect environment for all three.
Oxidation effects on lipid quality can be a major factor in the reduction of livestock and poultry feed quality. Lipid oxidation is an irreversible, naturally occurring process where fatty acids are attacked by free radicals and oxygen is absorbed. Oxidation dramatically affects the quality of fats and oils, which has been shown to have direct impacts on animal health and performance.
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