Interpretive Summary: Effect of increasing corn silage inclusion in finishing diets cattle with or without tylosin on performance and liver abscesses
By: Hannah C Wilson, Levi J McPhillips, Bradley M Boyd, Andrea K Watson, Jim C MacDonald, Galen E Erickson
Antibiotics are a very effective method to control liver abscesses for finishing cattle, which are thought to be due to high starch concentration and acidosis. Dietary roughage (forage) is used to control acidosis. As grain prices increase, feeding greater amounts of corn silage may be advantageous and silage can be an economical forage compared to other traditional forages like alfalfa. This study evaluated the impact of corn silage inclusion on performance and abscessed livers with and without the addition of antibiotics. As expected, feeding more corn silage decreased both gain and feed efficiency but also increased profitability. Feeding tylosin with a traditional inclusion of silage (15%) decreased abscessed livers from 34.5% to 19%. However, if cattle are fed more silage (45%) the incidence of abscessed livers was 12.4%, regardless of feeding tylosin or not.
Read the full article in the Journal of Animal Science.