Lac­tipro helps cows tran­si­tion

Dairy News Australia - - MACHINERY & PRODUCTS -

A NEW nat­u­ral prod­uct re­leased in Aus­tralia is en­abling farm­ers to change the way they feed con­cen­trate to ru­mi­nants, sup­pling en­ergy to the cow faster and more ef­fi­ciently. Lac­tipro is the world’s first com­mer­cially avail­able live cul­ture of a patented strain of Me­gas­phaera Els­denii bac­te­ria. It is APVMA reg­is­tered and FDA ap­proved. Dr Mark Con­nors, General Man­ager of BEC Biotech, high­lighted the po­ten­tial dan­ger of tran­si­tion­ing from roughage to grain di­ets quickly. “This in­creases lac­tic acid pro­duc­tion in the ru­men which causes aci­do­sis and can lead to a range of prob­lems in­clud­ing poor milk pro­duc­tion, re­duced feed in­take and even death” Dr Con­nors said. “Sub-clin­i­cal aci­do­sis re­duces cow per­for­mance but of­ten goes un­no­ticed”. Con­trol­ling lac­tic aci­do­sis in dairy cows whilst in­creas­ing en­ergy sup­ply can lead to an in­crease milk pro­duc­tion and BCS, de­crease sub­clin­i­cal ke­to­sis and re­duced culls due to meta­bolic dis­or­ders. “Lac­tipro’s ben­e­fits can be dif­fer­ent for ev­ery farm. In ad­di­tion to the pro­duc­tion ben­e­fits other ef­fi­cien­cies in­clud­ing re­duced roughage use, faster and more ef­fi­cient tran­si­tion to con­cen­trate and the peace of mind from ex­tra pro­tec­tion around aci­do­sis” Dr Con­nors said. “Its big­gest ben­e­fit is it al­lows the farmer to bet­ter and more ef­fi­ciently man­age their herd.” Dis­trib­uted in Aus­tralia by BEC Biotech, Lac­tipro is pro­duced in a built for pur­pose, cus­tomised fer­men­ta­tion lab­o­ra­tory in Bris­bane and man­aged by a small, highly skilled team led by Dr Con­nors. “The most sat­is­fy­ing is when we have cus­tomers who have been us­ing Lac­tipro tell us they have changed their man­age­ment pro­gram be­cause the prod­uct al­lows them to do this. It is re­ward­ing to know you are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.” Dr Con­nors said.

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