Summary and Implications
Experiments described here were designed to find a way to reduce the productivity loss that is associated with rumen acidosis. A strain of Prevotella bryantii was selected and isolated based on its ability to grow rapidly on starch and to produce organic acids other than lactic acid. Tests with this strain in vitro and in goats and dairy cows support the concept that this bacterium is able to compete for substrate with lactic acid bacteria and that it has promise as a probiotic inoculant to protect ruminants from lactic acidosis.
Iowa State University
Rodriquez, Fernando; Rasmussen, Mark A.; and Allison, Milton J.
"Discovery of a Probiotic to Reduce the Risk of Lactic Acidosis in Cattle,"
Animal Industry Report:
AS 653, ASL R2194.
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