Probiotics in feed and fecal E. Coli 0157:H7

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Jan 11, 2004
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A checkoff sponsored study in which cattle were fed feed into which
probiotics were added showed a 71 % decline in E. Coli 0157:H7
compared to those not given the material.

Separately, the CDC, USDA, etc. reported that last year E.Coli
0157:H7 was down 37% from the previous year - a good sign that things
are looking up and that people at all levels of the beef industry are
taking this culprit seriously.

Fastrack® is one such commercially available probiotic that is
readily available. Their advertising says, "Fastrack® direct-fed
microbials feature two lactic acid-producing bacteria, yeast, and
fermentation products to aid in establishing healthy digestive
systems in your animals. Yeast supplies B vitamins and digestive
enzymes, enhances palatability, and stimulates activity of beneficial
bacteria in the digestive tract."

Bill :cboy:
Does this mean if you give a heifer probiotic orally that the same impact will happen (as opposed to having it mixed in the feed)? My gal will calve in Aug. I bought an oral probiotic paste to have on hand after the grand event...would it be worth it to give her some about once a month (week?) between now and then?

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