June 17, 2019


AB Vista to share new dairy performance research at ADSA annual meeting




Two new abstracts to be presented by AB Vista at the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) meeting will reveal unique insights into the effect of in-feed enzymes on a range of dairy herd performance markers, including milk yield, milk fat, dry matter intake and protein responses.

The research, to be presented at the event in Cincinnati, Ohio, US, on June 23-26, was conducted by independent researchers at California's Veterinary Medical Teaching & Research Center and Australia's Scibus institute across periods of up to six months.

Investigating large dairy herds' responses to a mix of fibrolytic enzymes added to feed pre-calving, the research revealed significant benefits across a number of parameters, AB Vista said.

"The research demonstrated that milk yield, energy-corrected milk yield, milk protein yield and milk fat yield all increased in correlation with enzyme use. Furthermore, dry matter intake was numerically higher for herds receiving enzymes, when compared to control pens," Dr. Cathy Bandyk, AB Vista's NAFTA America technical manager, outlined some of the key findings.

"With higher feed costs and tighter forage stocks putting pressure on margins, producers are seeking additional ways to maximise the value of milk produced from feed – and these results suggest that enzymes could play a key role in this process, through improving the digestibility of protein and fibre fractions – and increasing the production of milk across herds."

The research will be presented by Dr. Ian Lean, in conjunction with research partners HM Golder and HA Rossow.

- AB Vista