Employing live yeast products piles up in several situations, however when feeding cows onto a high forage-based diet, the benefits are worthwhile.
The ruminant product director, states that live yeast may modulate rumen pH, enhance fiber digestion and scavenge oxygen, all which enhance feed efficiency, have a beneficial impact on rumen health, and boost daily live weight gain.
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Fiber digestion: The significant factor in the characteristic of forage is decided by its fiber content. This applies up to grazed grass because it goes into a daily diet based on silage.
This is only one of many methods in which live yeast functions in the rumen, as once digestible fractions of this fiber (the cellulose and hemicellulose), are discharged, the yeast assists in the digestion of the elements.
It does so by stimulating bacteria that break down hemicellulose and cellulose so that they may be utilized from the animal.
Acidosis: The germs can also be supported by the yeast to efficiently mop up lactic acid, which can help to maintain a continuous rumen pH of 6.2 or greater.
This is very significant in large starch diets such as wheat and barley or very low fiber diets (grazing) where there could be a trend towards acidosis.
Meanwhile, the yeast utilization of oxygen helps produce the perfect atmosphere for your rumen's anaerobic microflora, while its ingestion of amino acids improves overall nutrition.