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The use of probiotics as supplements for ruminants

Code: 9781786768117
Frédérique Chaucheyras-Durand and Lysiane Dunière, Lallemand Animal Nutrition and Université Clermont Auvergne, INRAE, UMR 454 MEDIS, France

Chapter synopsis: There is an increasing need to promote digestive efficiency and productivity while maintaining animal health and welfare. Probiotics are live microorganisms which confer a benefit for the host when administered in appropriate quantities. This chapter begins by reviewing critical periods in the ruminant lifecycle as targets for probiotics. It then looks at definitions of probiotics, delivery mechanisms and regulation. The rests of the chapter summarizes and assesses the range of research on the benefits and modes of action of probiotics, starting with their potential in young ruminants. It then considers the role of probiotics in adult ruminants in the following areas: feed efficiency, methane production, pathogen control and supporting the immune system.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2020.0067.26
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Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Critical periods in the ruminant lifecycle as targets for probiotics 3 Definitions, delivery mechanisms and regulation 4 Benefits and modes of action of probiotics: young ruminants 5 Benefits and modes of action of probiotics: feed efficiency in adult ruminants 6 Benefits and modes of action of probiotics: methane production 7 Benefits and modes of action of probiotics: pathogen control 8 Benefits and modes of action of probiotics: effects on the immune system 9 Conclusions and future trends 10 Acknowledgments 11 Where to look for further information section 12 References

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