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Fast-growing calves thanks to a healthy appetite

Dr Armin Vikari 

Due to their proven performance enhancing effects, feed additives such as probiotics are increasingly used in feeding. But so-called 'phytogenic' additives also positively affect feed intake and growth rates as shown by the summarized results of a test performed at the University of Applied Sciences Bingen in Germany.


Feed additives for stimulating feed intake and regulating the gastrointestinal flora are most widely used in pig and poultry farming. Their use also in the feeding of calves is quite conceivable and has already been realized widely in practice. The nutritional demands for calves are similar to those of monogastrics in a broader sense due to the incomplete development of the rumen system in animals at a young age.

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