In livestock, weight gain and proper appetite are key production parameters. Stressful situations such as transport and rehousing or mixing of different groups, as well as the quality and composition of the diet, can significantly affect these parameters.

Optimizing feed formulations to achieve the right balance of essential nutrients becomes even more critical when considering the potential threat of pathogen pressure and toxins. Sub-optimal feeding practices, driven by cost constraints or outdated formulations, can inadvertently expose animals to these contaminants and compromise their ability to thrive. This underscores the importance of exploring innovative feed solutions and additives, not only to improve growth rates without compromising health or meat quality, but also to address the challenge of pathogen pressure and toxins in feed.

Based on XVET’s two decades of expertise in feed additives, it is clear that certain solutions not only promote robust calf and cow development, but also effectively address the problems associated with poor appetite and toxins, ensuring healthier and more productive livestock production.

Enhancing Growth and Appetite: A Targeted Approach

Essential oils can be used to address challenges such as poor appetite and weight gain in cattle. Essential oils such as thyme and peppermint are recognized for their positive effects on digestion and appetite stimulation. These oils have antimicrobial properties that help maintain healthy gut flora and enhance nutrient absorption. Incorporating essential oils into cattle diets can be a natural and effective strategy to overcome challenges associated with poor appetite and weight gain.

Low growth rate, Mycotoxins, FCR, Weight gain

Yeast and yeast products also play an important role in cattle feed additives as they are known for their beneficial properties in both beef and dairy production. These ingredients are known to promote a robust immune system, thereby reducing the likelihood of diseases that can impede growth in ruminants. Clay minerals, particularly bentonite, are highly valued for their toxin-binding properties, helping to detoxify the digestive system and mitigate the adverse effects of mycotoxins present in feed. Meanwhile, the inclusion of betaine in ruminant diets has positive effects on liver health, nutrient utilization, growth rates and stress resistance.

Feed management, Clay minerals, Yeast, Acids, Intestinal health, Mortality, Non-antibiotic growth promoter, Performance enhancer

The combined benefits of these feed additives, including yeast products, clay minerals, betaine, and essential oils, contribute to improved feed intake and weight gain. Smart feed additives are proving to be instrumental in addressing the challenges associated with low growth rates and ensuring a sustainable and thriving livestock industry.

Turbo Gain – the multi-approach in feed additive to stimulate the appetite sustainably. Aromax Dry – the power of essential oils as a practical powder to boost the appetite and support overall well-being.