Fungal fermentation product for ruminants

Description

MAXFIBER functional feed products originate from solid-state fermentation of five different fungal strains. They may be added unrestricted to supplements and compound feeds for farm livestock, allowing increased flexibility in formulating rations. MAXFIBER products are a convenient way to increase the feed efficiency of various feeding programs for dairy and beef cattle operations.

MAXFIBER is a fungal fermentation product that is specifically designed for forage-based diets that are rich in fiber-carbohydrates (cellulose, hemicellulose) and contain a high forage-to-concentrate ratio.

MAXFIBER/HSD is a fungal fermentation product that improves the digestibility of high-starch diets that are rich in non-fiber carbohydrates (starch, pectins) and contain a low forage-to-concentrate ratio.

MAXFIBER/ECO is a fungal fermentation product that to improve nutrient utilization in organic ruminat feeding.

Mode of action

OPTIMIZE RUMEN EFFICIENCY

The cost-effectiveness of cattle feeding can be improved by addressing the total digestibility of the ration. Increasing nutrient availability positively affects both feed efficiency and milk yield. MAXFIBER products can help improve digestibility of a wide variety of diets and feed qualities. A combination of five fungi is used in developing two different products. MAXFIBER is specifically designed for forage- based diets that are rich in fiber-carbohydrates (cellulose, hemicellulose) and contain a high forage-to-concentrate ratio. MAXFIBER/HSD improves the digestibility of high-starch diets that are rich in non-fiber carbohydrates (starch, pectins) and contain a low forage-to-concentrate ratio.

IMPACT ON CELL WALL AND CARBOHYDRATE FRACTION

Efficient feed utilization and optimized rumen metabolism are key to profitable dairy and beef production. Because the digestibility of fiber fractions in feed rations can vary widely depending on the quality of the feedstuffs, it’s important to optimize overall rations for maximum nutrient conversion. MAXFIBER products offer assistance for increasing ruminal fermentation rates in dairy and beef cattle, as they promote the decomposition and fermentation of a wide range of cell wall and carbohydrate fractions (rates vary by product).

Trial results

MAXFIBER

MAXFIBER promotes the decomposition and fermentation of a wide range of carbohydrate fractions in the rumen. A field trial used the indicator method to investigate the influence of MAXFIBER on the digestibility of NDF, ADF and organic matter. A significant increase in the digestibility rates of structural carbohydrates and organic matter was shown in dairy cows that were fed rations containing MAXFIBER. Figure 2 shows the relative changes in digestibility of the individual fractions compared to the control.

MAXFIBER/HSD

The effect of MAXFIBER/HSD on ruminal pH level was tested in a field trial lasting for 12 weeks. Rumen boli for measuring pH value were implanted in selected fresh lactating cows. Six weeks into the test, the groups were swapped to exclude animal-specific differences in ruminal pH levels. MAXFIBER/HSD was shown to provide a positive influence on the rumen. Compared to the control group, the treated group experienced decisive differences in the time that rumen pH remained below 5.8. Feeding MAXFIBER/HSD can help to reach moderate pH levels faster, decreasing the acidosis risk associated with high-starch diets.

BENEFITS MAXFIBER PRODUCTS IN PRACTICAL USE

Research conducted on 840 dairy cows from six different farms showed the efficacy of MAXFIBER products in terms of feed efficiency (FE) and influence on milk yield. Forage-based diets were treated with MAXFIBER, and high starch containing diets were treated with MAXFIBER/HSD. Test results showed an increase of approximately 2.6% in feed efficiency and 1.4 kg in daily milk gain.