Two new abstracts to be presented by AB Vista at the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) meeting will reveal unique insights into the effect of in-feed enzymes on a range of dairy herd performance markers, including milk yield, milk fat, dry matter intake and protein responses.
The research, to be presented at the event in Cincinnati, Ohio from June 23rd to 26th, was conducted by independent researchers at California’s Veterinary Medical Teaching & Research Center and Australia’s Scibus institute across periods of up to six months. Investigating large dairy herds’ responses to a mix of fibrolytic enzymes added to feed pre-calving, it revealed significant benefits across a number of parameters.
Dr. Cathy Bandyk, NAFTA America Technical Manager, outlines some of the key findings:
“The research demonstrated that milk yield, energy-corrected milk yield, milk protein yield and milk fat yield all increased in correlation with enzyme use. Furthermore, dry matter intake was numerically higher for herds receiving enzymes, when compared to control pens.”
Dr. Bandyk explains what this means in real terms for producers:
“With higher feed costs and tighter forage stocks putting pressure on margins, producers are seeking additional ways to maximise the value of milk produced from feed – and these results suggest that enzymes could play a key role in this process, through improving the digestibility of protein and fibre fractions – and increasing the production of milk across herds.”
The research will be presented by Dr Ian Lean, in conjunction with research partners H.M. Golder and H.A. Rossow. For full details of the meeting, see https://www.adsa.org/Meetings/2019-Annual-Meeting.
Notes to editor:
AB Vista is an animal nutrition technology company offering pioneering products and technical services to the global animal feed industry. Since its establishment in 2004, AB Vista has grown to be a top-three player in feed enzymes and is also one of the largest suppliers of natural betaine to the global animal nutrition industry. The company invests heavily in research and development and has a growing portfolio of products and services spanning the poultry, swine, ruminant and aquaculture sectors. AB Vista is headquartered in the UK, with regional offices located in the USA, Brazil, Singapore, Spain, India, China, Germany and Finland.
AB Vista is part of AB Agri, the agricultural division of Associated British Foods, one of Europe’s largest food & retail companies with a market capitalisation of £22 billion.
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