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Performance and health of young rosé veal calves supplemented with yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) and a postbiotic from Lactobacillus acidophilus

 
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Aarhus University, Department of Animal Science, Blichers Allé 20, 8830 Tjele, Denmark
J. Anim. Feed Sci. 2020;29(2):115–124
Publication date: 2020-06-30
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ABSTRACT
The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of a product ‘ZooLac Bovimix’, containing yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) and a postbiotic product from Lactobacillus acidophilus, on the performance and health of young rosé veal calves. In total 120, mainly Holsteins, bull calves arrived at a Danish rosé veal production over a period of three months. On arrival, the calves were either allocated to a control diet (CON) (25.3 ± 1.3 days and 55.1 ± 1.3 kg) or a diet with the yeast/lactobaccilus (PRO) (25.3 ± 1.0 days and 55.3 ± 0.8 kg) for six weeks. PRO calves received the yeast/lactobacillus product in the milk replacer and the concentrate. The product constituted 0.09% of dry matter (DM) in the concentrate and 1.5% of DM in the milk replacer. All calves were fed milk replacer for four weeks and had access to concentrates for all six weeks. Manure was sampled twice, around days 14–17 and 28–31, and blood was sampled on days 3 and 28–35. The growth performance was significantly higher for PRO calves, while the product did not affect the number of veterinary treatments and DM content in the manure. Serum metabolites were similar between the treatments at the first sampling. However, the concentrations of total protein and immunoglobulin G were significantly higher in the serum from PRO calves at the second sampling. Thus, supplementation of the yeast/lactobacillus product in the diet of young rosé veal calves did not affect the overall health but had a positive effect on growth performance.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The study was carried out within the research project ’Robust calves’ granted by The Danish Milk Levy Fund and The Danish Cattle Levy Fund. We are indebted to the skilled work done by the private farmer and his staff where the trial took place. Lene Jensen, DVM is acknowledged for taking the blood samples and performing the clinical assessments of calves. Torben Larsen and his staff are acknowledged for analysing the blood samples, and Nuria Canibe is acknowledged for measuring CFU/g of intestinal digesta by microbial enumeration by plating. The yeast/ lactobacillus products were supplied free of charge to the farmer by ChemVet (Silkeborg, Denmark).
FUNDING
The Danish Milk Levy Fund and The Danish Cattle Levy Fund
CORRESPONDING AUTHOR
M. Vestergaard   
Aarhus University, Department of Animal Science, Blichers Allé 20, 8830 Tjele, Denmark
 
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