July 15, 2008


US study shows DFM reduces E. Coli in feedlot cattle


A research by the College of Agriculture at North Dakota State University found that Direct Fed Microbial (DFM) products can reduce fecal shedding of E. coli in feedlot cattle.


Results showed a significant reduction of 32 percent in fecal shedding of E. coli among the steers treated with the Lactobacillus Acidophilus BT1386.


Steers placed on the DFM supplement were almost three times less likely to shed E. coli in their feces as opposed to their control counterparts.


In addition, the study also indicates that feeding the DFM significantly reduced the probability of new infections with Salmonella among DFM-treated cattle, compared to controls.


The complete study was published in the March 2008 issue of the Journal of Food Protection.

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