Interpretive Summary: Effects of postweaning supplementation of immunomodulatory feed ingredient on circulating cytokines and microbial populations in programmed fed beef heifers
By: Keelee J. McCarty, Jessie E. Tipton, Ralph E. Ricks, Jessica Danielo, Jesse S. Thompson, Elliot Block, Scott L. Pratt, and Nathan M. Long
With consumers wanting less antibiotic usage in cattle production, the need for natural feed ingredients that have positive effects on animal health are needed. The feeding of a yeast-based feed product decreased cytokines in the blood and their mRNA expression in white blood cells that act on stimulating an inflammatory response. When an animal has an inflammatory response, their immune system is working harder than necessary. This means they are using energy that could otherwise be used for growth, which decreases efficiency and performance. The feeding of this yeast-based feed ingredient also reduced the amount of harmful bacteria in the feces of the heifers. Having lower amounts of harmful bacteria (such as Salmonella) in the feces decreases the chance of carcass contamination. For consumers, this means less instances of food-borne illnesses.
The original article, Effects of postweaning supplementation of immunomodulatory feed ingredient on circulating cytokines and microbial populations in programmed fed beef heifers, is viewable in the Journal of Animal Science.