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Dairy Cattle / Ruminant Health & Nutrition / Animal Feed Additives
on November 5, 2018

6 points about feed additives for modern dairy cows

Finding a working additive for modern dairy cows is not an easy exercise, as we must first consider the rumen microbiota’s role that precedes the cow’s own digestive efforts.

Additives were first developed for monogastric species. Actually, the word developed is not correct — additives have always existed for all species, but it was the ban on antibiotics, or the need to reduce their usage, for monogastrics that gave additives such a boost scientifically and commercially. From there…

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