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Animal Industry Report

Extension Number

ASL R2194

Topic

Beef

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.

Copyright Holder

Iowa State University

Language

en

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