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Megasphaera elsdenii can improve rumen development, leading to improved calf growth
A series of trials conducted in South Africa reported that dosing calves with Megasphaera elsdenii, a native rumen microbe that converts lactate to butyrate and propionate, concluded that pre-weaned calves had longer and wider rumen papillae and increased papillae density. These findings correlated to a 39% increase in starter intake and an 8% increase in weaning weight. It also led to an 87% increase in average daily gain (lbs/day) post-weaning. The net result was a 25:1 return on investment with Lactipro.
In a follow-up trial conducted at the University of Kentucky, calves dosed with Lactipro had a 35% increase in total weight gain (through 76 days of age) following one dose of Lactipro, and a 45% increase in total weight gain following two doses of Lactipro.
Rumen health and development are crucial for a successful calf raising program. Providing a well-balanced nutrition program, along with beneficial probiotics can have a significant impact on the performance of your heifers and your bottom line.
Lactipro is available in two forms:
- LactiproFLX Calf is a small, individually sealed capsule available in a 25 dose pouch
- LactiproNXT is a convenient 10 mL oral drench available in a 20- and 100-dose pouch
Data available upon request.