There is a growing case for routine probiotic use in dairy production and dairy replacement rearing programs. In today's world of seemingly permanent, higher input costs, efficient utilization of inputs yield an immediate and meaningful return on investment. Research continues to conclude that some probiotic products consistently achieve modest, yet significant, gains in the efficiency of nutrient utilization. These efficiency increases range from 2-3 percent when measured as units of desired output achieved per unit of input. Repeatable gains indicate a return of 3-5 times the initial investment costs related to feeding the probiotic products.
In addition to the economic return, an animal will benefit from a more stable and consistent gut environment while consuming a probiotic. The gut, largely responsible for efficiency gains, is a key component of animal health. One effect of probiotic activity in the gut is a positive interaction with the mucosal barrier system, a system that protects the animal from potential invasion by disease-causing organisms always present in the environment. The probiotic organisms effectively aid in controlling the numbers of exisiting pathogenic bacteria within the interior of the bowel, leading to less insult and inflammation within the gut tissue. Probiotics accomplish bacteria management in the gut in a manner that is both natural and residue free.
In summary, research evidence continues to accumulate supporting the efficiency gains and economic return associated with routine use of proven probiotic products in dairy production and calf rearing operations. Everyday use of proven probiotic products is a wise economic choice for your operation. Proven probiotic use creates benefits to the producer, the production animals and the consumer. Proven probiotics help create and maintain healthier, more robust production animals, while working to promote a safer food supply that is free of residues and has a reduced risk of food safety issues stemming from practices at the farm level.