Feeding Selko LactiBute to beef cattle reduces faecal starch and increases faecal pH of beef
Selko LactiBute contains rumen protected calcium gluconate, a prebiotic that improves hindgut health of ruminants. Trials carried out in dairy cattle have shown that improved hindgut health results in an increase in milk production1,2,3,4. A trial with Selko LactiBute in steers showed that feeding Selko LactiBute increased the amount of volatile fatty acids in the caecum and colon.
In Spain, 95% of diets for receiving beef cattle are based on compound feed combined with 10-20% straw. This compound feed has high levels (40-55%) of cereals, mainly corn. With these high levels of starch and low effective fiber intake, the risk of problems with hindgut health of beef cattle is high. Purpose of the current trial was to test the impact of Selko LactiBute on faecal starch levels, faecal pH and average daily gain (ADG) in beef cattle.