Feed conversion in beef cattle


Effective probiotics improve the intestinal microbial balance of beef cattle. The probiotic actions of BOVAMINE DEFEND® result in a stable GI tract and improved digestive function, including improving nutrient absorption, with less energy and resources needed to fight subclinical infections. This helps cattle producers achieve better growth rates and feed conversion in beef cattle, and get the most value out of feed.

Our Goal is to Improve Performance and Feed Conversion in Beef Cattle

BOVAMINE DEFEND® works by introducing an effective concentration of live bacteria into the GI tract where the beneficial bacteria utilize lactic acid, reduce harmful bacteria, improve the integrity of the intestinal lining and support the response of the immune system.

Learn more about the mode of action of BOVAMINE® probiotic products here.

Research conducted over the last two decades shows feeding BOVAMINE DEFEND® helps with:

Research Abstracts

University and commercial research has shown that feeding BOVAMINE®-brand probiotics supports cattle producers’ goals of improving performance and feed conversion in beef cattle. Learn more about our research by requesting free copies of our reports.

Direct-Fed Microbials as an Aid in the Control of Foodborne Pathogens in Cattle Lymph Nodes and Fecal Samples

The goal of this project was to determine pathogen reductions in cattle as a result of feeding a direct-fed microbial. The results of both the commercial and research feedlot studies indicate that the pre-harvest administration of the direct-fed microbial is an effective tool that aids in the control of Salmonella within lymph nodes and various pathogens in the feces of feedlot cattle. Reducing the carriage of Salmonella in the lymph nodes of cattle will result in decreased contamination of ground beef from the lymph nodes and associated tissue included in this product.

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Effects of BOVAMINE® Supplementation on the Prevalence and Concentration of E.coli and Performance of Finishing Steers

Over 76 million citizens become ill after consuming food contaminated with pathogenic bacteria, and Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) are a major contributor (Mead et al., 1999). This study evaluated the effects of supplementing Bovamine® [Lactobacillus acidophilus (LA) NP51 and Propionobacterium freudenrichii (PF) NP24] to finishing steers on the prevalence (%) and concentration (MPN/g) of E. coli O157:H7, the prevalence (%) of non-O157 O types (O26, O111, O121, O103, O145, and O45), on feedlot performance and on carcass characteristics.

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Comprehensive Research Overview

Type of Study Number Trials Including But Not Limited To
Product Development 50+ ·       Isolation & Selection

·       Stability (heat, shipping, shelf life)

·       Viability

Production Performance 50+ ·       Various Diet Formulations:

·       Ionophores

·       Tylosin

·       Beta-Agonist

·       Byproduct Feeds

·       Steam-Flaked Corn

·       High Grain

·       High Forage

·       Animal Production Systems:

·       Calf-Feds

·       Yearlings

·       Holstein Steers

Mode Of Action 15+ ·       Gastrointestinal Health

·       Immune Challenge

·       Digestibility

·       Rumen Function

·       Competitive Exclusion

Pre-Harvest Food Safety 20+ ·       E. coli O157:H7

·       Non-O157 STECs

·       Salmonella

Post-Harvest Food Safety 25+ ·       Carcass Wash

·       Whole Muscle Cuts

·       Ground & Processed Meats

Application 25+ ·       Commercial Feeding Operations

·       Commercial Processing Facilities